It’s a good day for music everybody. It’s sunny in Chicago and spring is finally starting to really show up. As with any other Friday a ton of music came out last night at midnight and I’m gonna take you through the best of it. This week we got new albums from Omar Apollo, Anderson Paak., Intellexual and more and a slew of singles and videos. Let’s go.
Intellexual – Intellexual
Intellexual is led by Nico Segal (f.k.a. Donnie Trumpet) and Nate Fox of Social Experiment. On their debut project Intellexual weaves effortlessly through genres and musical directions, leaping out of any box you may try to put them in. Dramatic instrumental interludes and nostalgic synth riffs abruptly become R&B-Pop-Lofi and alternative all at once on Intellexual. With assistance from Jean Deaux, Knox Fortune, Vic Mensa, Raury and more coming in this project has a bit of something for everyone.
Featured Track: “Call You”
Anderson Paak. – Ventura
Anderson Paak. continues his trip up California’s coastal highway with his newest release, Ventura. Although I personally loved his last project – Oxnard – for it’s Dre beats and classic feel, Ventura is a return to home for Paak. Anderson Paak. has figured out the formula and there’s no need to change the secret sauce if its smacking. When you have an album that starts with a 3 stacks feature you know you’re in for a treat and Ventura is just that. A sunny celebration of life and love, he seems to be coming back to his roots after all of the glitz and glam that surrounded Oxnard, living up to the hype that was created (and not quite met) for the last project.
Featured Track: “Yada Yada” (special shout out to one of my favorite producers Kiefer who went nuts on this one)
Omar Apollo – Friends
Indiana native Omar Apollo has been generating a lot of buzz over the last year since his 7 track debut Stereo. Now he’s back with his sophomore effort, another 7 track EP called Friends. On Friends Apollo shows his vulnerability and confusion with songs like “Hearing Your Voice” and the title track “Friends”, and those songs are good but the album doesn’t quite make sense. It starts off with what might as well be Prince track and that high energy sets the expectations for the rest of the album, but then he changes directions. The middle section of the album is extremely personal and filled with anxieties, characterized musically by minor acoustic guitar riffs and Apollo’s thin voice haunting the songs. It feels like being 21 and depressed-but-still-partying especially because of track 6 “So Good” going back to up-beat before ending with “Trouble”.
Featured Track: “Trouble”
Kevin Abstract – ARIZONA Baby
I’m not sure if this is actually an album or what. It says it’s a single, but it’s 3 tracks and in 2019 that could mean it’s an EP or even an album. The three songs go really well together, mixing sounds and styles like only Kevin Abstract can nail. Also the power bottom line on “Big Wheels” is hilarious.
Featured Track: “Big Wheels”
Kaina – “Green”
I love Kaina so it’s great to see her putting out new music again. This track is really nice and the video was directed by Jean Deaux so there’s a lot of great female energy involved all around.
Lil Uzi Vert – “That’s A Rack”
ScHoolboy Q – “CHopstix (with Travis Scott)”
Mark Ronson – “Late Night Feelings (feat. Lykke Li)”
Kaytranada – “DYSFUNCTIONAL”
CRUMB – “Nina”