Yes, Lawd! On this particularly drizzly Friday we've got just the tonic to brighten your way in the weekend, namely a good dose of new music in the form of Anderson .Paak, Mariah Carey (yep, that's right), a boggling Brainfeeder compilation and a whole lot in between.
You can find today's playlist below, along with a few words on those which tickled our proverbial pickles.
Cover image by Robert Wunsch for Highsnobiety
Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
“This shit gonna bang at least 6 summers”, sings California’s hip-hop and funk polymath Anderson .Paak on his third solo studio-album Oxnard, "But ain’t shit gon’ change for at least 3 summers". Half a bitter bewitching of President Trump and half a depressing acceptance of the stagnancy of America’s condition, ‘6 Summers’ is the closest the Cheshire-grinned rapper comes to the political on the 14-track record, though is indicative of the abrasive tone that rears its head more than on its predecessors Malibu and Venice.
But it’s only as abrasive as the velvet-smooth Paak could ever be; like the two before it dedicated to the California shoreline, this still feels like it’s trapped that coastal Oxnard air in a jar, thanks in no small part to the combination of Dr. Dre’s inimitable production and all its distinctly Californian G-Funk swagger and the jittery-jazz instrumentals so at home with the Stones Throw legacy.
With cameos including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and Dre himself, Oxnard is an all-star, velvet red carpet with all eyes on Paak. JB
Ahadadream – Shade
It has been a busy few months for More Time records, seeing releases from the likes of Dismantle, Nan Kolè, Mad J, Mistareez, label co-founder SNØW, and a debut album from Ghanaian rapper and singer Bryte which we spoke about a few weeks back. But now it’s the turn of the label’s other co-founder Ahadadream to chuck his hat in the ring with an EP of his own.
Drawing on the styles that have come to characterise this seemingly still unnamed brand of club music – namely UK funky and Angolan kuduru – Shade sees him employ his distinctive percussion-led production style, albeit in a slightly darker and more stripped back fashion than last year’s Movements EP.
And enlisting one of the punchiest producers in bass music for mastering duties in the form of Joker is always also a good way to hit that little bit harder. JK
Communions – 'Here and Now'
Borne out of Copenhagen’s engrossing punk scene, Communions are now traversing loftier landscapes. This group of pretty, unblemished Danish lads have transgressed from adolescent plug-in-and-play punk to a much maturer, idiosyncratic dynamic over their fledgling career. A symbol of outgrowing youth and first-love, ‘Here and Now’ is a retrospect of their salad days; when on the brink of adulthood, youth already seems distant, and one’s first foray into romance is almost immediately eulogised.
Communions sound may have one foot rooted in the past – the warm, jangly lead guitar winds around singer Martin Rehof’s earnest vocals, and is reminiscent of the new-wave/pop crossover hits in the 80s – but their ambition is firmly settled in the future. TC
Various Artists – Brainfeeder X
Brainfeeder is 10. A decade has passed since Flying Lotus established the label – an imprint of the almost peerless Ninja Tune – and embarked on a journey of sonic exploration (or other less pretentious words to that effect). The influence of jazz and experimental electronic music has been clear throughout, to the point where it feels as natural for them to release music from George Clinton, Kamashi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Thundercat as it does Iglooghost, TOKiMONSTA, Ross From Friends or Mr Oizo.
For this compilation album released in celebration of their landmark anniversary, the full spectrum is on display across 36 tracks and more than two hours – featuring classics from over the years, remixes, edits, and previously unheard tunes from the extended Brainfeeder family. JK