Avicii - Superlove feat. Lenny Kravitz
Official music video
Trippy beyond trippy.
My level of excitement listening to the new Purity Ring album was something you’d see in an unhealthy, crazy, and totally-not-at-all-accurate early youtube video. After listening to each track the Canadian band released over the past year, and looking forward to each subsequent release with as much anticipation as humanly possible, I was looking forward to listening to and reviewing their debut album, Shrines.
And it’s truly an incredible album. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get it for another few days (release date is July 24), but you can find a stream of the album online.
Purity Ring does something very interesting when it comes to music production. They go through with the same production techniques and musical organization as artists like Neon Indian, but they focus much more on the personality of the song, with a bend toward lyricism that you don’t usually find in Electronic music. Don’t get me wrong, I love electronic music, but the lyricism n most is rather… lacking. Artists like Purity Ring and Rhye are what I hope to be the future of this new style of indie-electronic.
As for the album itself, it goes through a bunch of great styles that make it an obvious Purity Ring album. Maybe not a lot of stylistic eclecticism, but a great sound that works. It’s a great piece of music, and while it’s only their debut album, you can tell that they’re going to be releasing some incredible things in the future.
Get the album as soon as it drops. Purity Ring is the best.
So, even though it is barely Monday morning, you are already emailing your fellow interns about drink plans for later tonight. When you finally find a bar that doesn’t card or ignores your Nebraska fake ID, you want the best tunes and the best drinks. Well here at the ‘Cac we can only help you with half of that! From Beyonce to XXYYXX, get on that.
- 1991 Azealia Banks
- Green Light Beyoncé
- Only Wanna Give It To You (feat. J. Cole) Elle Varner
- Can’t Back Down Bad Rabbits
- sweet life Frank Ocean
- Ritual Unions Little Dragon
- Wildfire SBTRKT
- Dystopia YACHT
- Watch N Learn Rihanna
- Black Girls Chester French
- Get Into The Groove Madonna
- The Bay Metronomy
- On’n’On (Ruined by Rick Rubin) Justice
- The Recipe (Feat. Dr. Dre) Kendrick Lamar
- Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix) Destiny’s Child
- Shooter [Feat. Lil Wayne] Robin Thicke
- Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd) Drake
- Trunk Muzik Yelawolf
- About You XXYYXX
- Calle F Mala
Also thanks to your support we are going to put of our first ‘Cac-ers Request Playlist this week! If you want to your favorite songs on the list tweet @inthecac with #SummerCac to get on the list! Thanks !
It has been an absolutely crazy week in music. With Nas’s Life is Good and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, there has been plenty of new music to listen to. This week however, I am particularly excited about Childish Gambino’s new mixtape Royalty. The album hosts a wide range of guests including Beck, Schoolboy Q, and Danny Brown. Oh, and Tina Fey. She kills it.
There are some notable differences between Gambino’s last album Camp and Royalty. Camp was an exclusively Gambino album, featuring no other artists, produced completely by Gambino himself. In Royalty, the majority of the songs feature at least one other artist. The numerous guest artists in Royalty give the mixtape its greatest strength and greatest weakness simultaneously. For example, in one of my favorite tracks on the album, “Silk Pillow”, Beck’s verse is absolutely poetic. Beck’s opening verse is so good that it makes the rest of Gambino’s verse seem, well a little bit childish (excuse the bad pun). In fact the top comment on the youtube page for “Silk Pillow” reads, “I would pay good money for an entire album of Beck’s rapping,” underscoring the featuring artists dominance.
Some of my favorite tracks on Royality include “Black Faces”, “Silk Pillow”, “American Royalty”, and “Unnecessary”. I really appreciated RZA’s contribution to “American Royalty” as he rapped over an unconventional brass orchestra, until Gambino came in with an intense verse.
What makes Childish Gambino so unique is his angry yet funny style. This style was especially apparent in Camp, but continues in Royalty. Just the fact that Tina Fey comes in with a line like, “My president is black and my prius is blue,” highlights this style. Overall, I think the album is worth a listen. If you are already a Gambino fan, you will love it. If you are not, you may become one.
“The best song wasn’t the single, but you weren’t either”
It is not often that I hear a song that immediately goes on repeat for, I don’t know, a day and a half. From allusions of his former lover, to the jazzy baseline produced by Pharrell, “Sweet Life” may be my favorite Frank Ocean song. Ocean, a member of the influential LA- based rap group Odd Future, has been making serious waves in the R&B and Hip-Hop world. Ocean in his young career has been busy writing songs for Beiber and Beyonce, singing hooks for Jay-Z and Kanye, and coming out via tumblr. Wait, what? Yah.
The soul ingénue apparently quelled the rumors (though honestly I hadn’t heard any) about his sexuality. What was going to be in linear notes, Frank decided to release early. But that is really all an aside. This track is more than sexuality. It is more than a love song. It sheds light on the intricacies of class privilege, and how that plays a major role in relationship struggles. Lyrically the song is clever and the melody feels original and fun. There are hints of 90’s jazz influenced R&B, echos of D’Angleo and Maxwell which adds a nostalgic (ULTRA, #pun) feel.
Make sure you check it out. Can’t wait for his concert in Boston later this month.
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There is something cathartic hearing Jimi Hendrix shread the Star Spangled Banner bleeds America. His redefinition of America is what inspired this playlist, some classic rock, some deep soul and some disco to shake it up. America is about fun, revolution, innovation. This playlist is a…