Every Friday I get to work and check Spotify. There’s usually a ton of new music by artists I don’t know and some that I do. I try to listen to it all just to see what’s happening and maybe discover someone new. In any case, I look forward to Fridays. Today (9/8/2017) there were a bunch of songs that I actually cared about. Let’s talk about them, whether I liked it or not. It’s not all the new music but just the ones I took interest in.
Oh snap, new Sam Smith! His last project was in 2014 and he released a banger with Disclosure soon after. Was everywhere and then kinda faded. He’s back with this track and I was excited….*Sigh* It’s fine. Slow start then beat kicks in. A comment I saw that perfectly described the song was “It’s a Sam Smith song.” “Too Good at Goodbyes” could have been on his last album. It’s good to be reminded that Sam can still sing his butt off but the song itself is just more of the same. Where is the growth? It’s a good song but I’m a little disappointed. It’s probably gonna be everywhere soon though.
My new wife is back with “Quicksand” off the Insecure album. I might end up reviewing that entire project but no promises, it’s like 23 songs. Anywho, “Quicksand” is so good. SZA has such a modern and hip sound that is relatable to my age group. The instrumental is a hi hat heavy, synthy hip hop groove that switches to a straight forward R&B feel with deeper, open snares for the chorus. It works and SZA rides the beat with her vocal melody so well. I love it and I’m here for SZA’s wave.
“I see the future without you…” Oh, so that’s what we’re doing? Demi dropped a new single like a week ago but I guess we needed a ballad. This song has to be about Wilmer, right? I would hate to breakup with a girl who will then write a song about me that will be heard by millions. This particular song would make me feel super bad because basically Demi was just over the dude. That first line is rough. In news you already knew, Demi can flat out sing. She is giving it to us here, hitting those notes and pouring the emotion into the words. The instrumental isn’t groundbreaking and kind of reminded me of The Weeknd’s “Earned It” but it serves its purpose. Looking forward to her album.
I can’t really discern how the general public or even more critical popheads feel about Tove Lo but I’m a fan. She’s makes really good music, had dope features in the past, has a voice that I love over electronic music…and also flashes her tits at shows. This ridiculously titled song is such a bop though. Driven by a muted bass line, steady kick and claps (+1) this song is a perfect representation of Tove Lo’s clubby, sexy, drugged fueled fun. There’s randomly pitched down vocal parts and the chanty chorus is super catchy and easy to sing along. Yes yes yes.
Syd is dope. The end. Go home.
OK fine, I’ll talk about it. Syd is taking time from her band The Internet (they’re dope) to focus on her own music. She released Fin in February aannd I don’t remember listening to it. How did that even happen? I love Syd! Well, she released a short three song EP today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the production and she has a great voice. Also, it’s always interesting hearing songs about women from a woman’s perspective.
Syd is dope. The end.
This is aggressive. I’m not super certain of Jeffery’s mental state…really at any point but “Homie” is hard. I thought the grunting, guttural rap for the chorus was funny but he’s definitely flowing during the verses. I swear I could also understand most of his words. The beat knocks with its organ sample and banger trap drums. I love Meek’s feature as well because it just sounds great. Plain and simple. Same flow and stays on the same rhyme scheme but he’s SPAZZING and it’s awesome. This is great and I will bump it at home with proper speakers. I’m still scared to listen to Beautiful Thugger Girls for whatever reason.
There was also a TOKiMONSTA song released today with Isaiah Rashad but I didn’t feel like writing about it. It’s good, she’s great. So yeah, those are the new tracks I cared about today. Maybe I’ll do this every Friday but we’ll see, I’m lazy. Check these out and enjoy your weekend.