Another week means another round of weekly song reviews. This time we have a stunning collab between mxmtoon and Carly Rae Jepsen, an excessively great track from Spillage Village, a beautiful James Blake cover and more!
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MAMAMOO – “WANNA BE MYSELF”
My favourite K-pop group is back with a single that pretty much stays in line with what they do best – charisma-filled dance tunes. Slightly shifting away from the electronic pop in their past work, “WANNA BE MYSELF” embraces the recent disco-pop trends that Dua Lipa and The Weeknd revolved their excellent new records around.
It’s one of their best lead singles in a while and I just have to say – dat bass line though.
Genre: Pop, R&B
I’m not super familiar with mxmtoon’s earlier work, other than that I’ve always thought of her as ‘that ukelele girl’. So I wasn’t surprised when “ok on your own” kicked off with a ukelele playing, but what I wasn’t expecting was a R&B-tinged ballad that sees both artists working their magic over the sensual production.
Their breathy vocals are a perfect fit for the instrumentals and just makes me wish that both mxmtoon and Carly Rae Jepsen dabble in this sound more.
Conway the Machine – “Seen Everything But Jesus” (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
I’m gonna say that I DID NOT expect the the song’s production sounding like this. 2 of the grimiest emcees working today laying bars over luxurious keys, rapping about their past mistakes in life. Both of them are buttery smooth, especially Gibbs who just slid into his verse like a glamourous R&B star.
Plus, Conway’s singing on the chorus isn’t half bad. It’s probably one of the most accessible and fun tracks in his discography.
Spillage Village – “Baptize” w/ JID & EARTHGANG
JID and EARTHGANG spoil us every time they get on a track together and “Baptize” might be their best collaboration yet. Each emcee brings their A-game, with JID in particular absolutely demolishing the hauntingly sparse beat.
The chemistry between these artists are unparalleled and this song is the perfect teaser for the upcoming album. My only gripe with it is the almost unnoticeable hook, but the verses are strong enough to make that a non-issue.
Janelle Monáe – “Turntables”
Genre: R&B, Rap
My expectations for soundtrack music are usually low, so I was pleasantly surprised when “Turntables” turned out to be a pretty good song…even if it does sound like a Dirty Computer leftover.
Janelle raps for a majority of the track, touching on topics and issues that I’m certain its partner documentary explores. The production honestly sounds like “Django Jane” part 2. Bumping drum patterns, the occasional bass line along with a strong build-up to an all-too-short chorus that kind of whittles out.
Action Bronson – “Golden Eye”
Man, this is just a by-the-numbers Action Bronson song. If Lamb Over Rice was a return to form, then “Golden Eye” is a victory lap by an artist that seems content at doing more of the same.
The reggae-flavoured beat is sprinkles some colour onto the track but Bronson’s performance doesn’t do much with it. He used to be one of the most exciting rappers around but now he just sounds…bored.
James Blake – “Godspeed”
A cover of Frank Ocean’s song of the same name, this surprise drop from his 2017 performance is a beautiful re-imagining of an already gorgeous song. James Blake, who originally helped arrange the song, gives it a little more ‘oomph’ as his piano-playing adds some depth to the skeletal Frank Ocean version.
I don’t really have much to say to be honest. It’s great and definitely deserves your listen if you like the original.