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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    My chart Mostly old favourites this week. I'd be lying if I said my Prince binge wasn't because of the recent MJ allegations, although Prince isn't free from his own controversies either. I hope...

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    Mostly old favourites this week.

    I'd be lying if I said my Prince binge wasn't because of the recent MJ allegations, although Prince isn't free from his own controversies either. I hope once the storm settles down in some decades we'll look back on two young, exceptionally talented black men, both with strongly internalized sexuality and spirit, bottled and commercialized. You wonder how it would have been different if we allowed these men to live healthier and more expressive lives, perhaps we wouldn't be in the dark place we are now. For both to have been alive and in their prime at the same time, and how they were still able to put so much life into so much of their music and be pillars of their genres and movements despite everything, is remarkable.

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  2. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

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    Ys is a real landmark. I'm honestly torn between it and Have One On Me, which is definitely the softer, more drawn out and more mature record. But Ys is minute-for-minute packed with imagination,...

    Ys is a real landmark. I'm honestly torn between it and Have One On Me, which is definitely the softer, more drawn out and more mature record. But Ys is minute-for-minute packed with imagination, you can tell it was an album she was itching to put down on paper. I can't imagine what the songwriting process must have looked like - it's difficult not to hear something new every time.

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  3. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

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    It's such an easy listen too. Back in high school I remember listening to it every Sunday just to chill me out for the Monday ahead. Not a second of filler, just the smoothest, most orchestrated...

    It's such an easy listen too. Back in high school I remember listening to it every Sunday just to chill me out for the Monday ahead. Not a second of filler, just the smoothest, most orchestrated soul record packed into 35 minutes. Awesome choice.

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  4. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

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    My answer for the last five years have been Arthur Russel's 'Another Thought'. Croaky cello, vast acoustics, fluttery vocal melodies, occasional rhythmic sections that make you feel like you're at...

    My answer for the last five years have been Arthur Russel's 'Another Thought'. Croaky cello, vast acoustics, fluttery vocal melodies, occasional rhythmic sections that make you feel like you're at a disco in a cave. Russel's music is unlike anything else, and 'Another Thought' is the release of his that strikes the perfect balance between accessibility and other-worldliness.

    That said, it is a posthumous record. Arthur Russel never heard it himself, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Without it we wouldn't have 'This Is How We Walk On The Moon' or 'A Little Lost', but what would Russel have done differently if he was alive?

    'World of Echo' is the only album he released while breathing. It's a denser, colder album, but maybe it's the real choice here for me. It's still one hell of an experience.

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  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    https://i.imgur.com/lVhsvN8.jpg Recently enjoyed Blu's collaboration with Oh No (who I'm not familiar with). Not my favourite project from Blu as a first impression, but a very solid release you...

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    Recently enjoyed Blu's collaboration with Oh No (who I'm not familiar with). Not my favourite project from Blu as a first impression, but a very solid release you can't really fault at any point. Blu's easily in my top five MCs, and it's a shame he's not really been allowed to find his own, hoping this LP is a step in the right direction for him.

    Big fan of Sun Kil Moon and Mark Kozelek, his latest release is probably his weakest to date. That said, I think that about every one of his releases and I end up going back and enjoying it more. It's hard to keep up with this ramble-logs of his when they're often 90+ minutes and releasing every season. On 'I Also Want to Die in New Orleans' there wasn't anything I was eager to hear again, which is a first for me and Kozelek.

    Solange's new record was good. Definitely need to hear it again to make up my mind.

    Some old favourites - Tom Wait's 'Small Change', possibly his best work; 'Familiars' by The Antlers, an amazing releases overshadowed by 'Hospice'.

    I guess I was in an Arthur Russel mood throughout the week as I often am.

    The Le Orme record was a random spin. I didn't like it at all.

  6. Releases of the week 23/02/2019 - 01/03/2019 Featured Release Solange - When I Get Home (Neo-Soul, Alternative R&B) Solange has unveiled her new album, When I Get Home. Spanning 19 tracks, it...

    Releases of the week 23/02/2019 - 01/03/2019


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    Solange - When I Get Home (Neo-Soul, Alternative R&B)

    Solange has unveiled her new album, When I Get Home. Spanning 19 tracks, it marks Solange’s fourth album to date and serves as the follow-up to her 2016 opus, A Seat at the Table.
    When I Get Home was written, performed, and executive produced by Solange herself, but she was hardly in the studio. Among the album’s many contributors were Earl Sweatshirt, Panda Bear, Tyler the Creator, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, Sampha, Pharrell Williams, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Raphael Saadiq, Metro Boomin, The-Dream, Cassie, Abra, and The Internet’s Steve Lacy.
    “Y’all! I’m filled w so much joy right now!!! Wow! I can’t thank y’all enough for this moment and for all the feelings i feel in my body!” Solange wrote in a tweet. “I’m bringing home w me everywhere I go yalll and I ain’t running from shit no more. Your love lifts me up so high. Thank you!”

    Source: Consequence of Sound

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    Pond - Tasmania (Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop)

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    2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League (Trap Rap, Southern Hip Hop)

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    Sun Kil Moon - I Also Want To Die In New Orleans (Contemporary Folk, Spoken Word)

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    T-Pain - 1UP (Alternative R&B, Trap Rap)

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  7. Comment on Europe Is Lost - Kate Tempest in ~music

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    I saw Kate Tempest live and it was wicked. Whenever I hear here studio recordings I wonder what went wrong. Her bars have always been a little bit 'on-the-nose', but she still doesn't need to...

    I saw Kate Tempest live and it was wicked.

    Whenever I hear here studio recordings I wonder what went wrong. Her bars have always been a little bit 'on-the-nose', but she still doesn't need to sound so bored. She should be shouting that shit at max.

    I think she sounds best backed by a live band, instead of weird bloopy beats.

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  8. Comment on This Week's Releases 18/01 - James Blake, Sharon Von Etten, Future and more. in ~music

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    Pretty prolific week so early in 2019! Had a chance to listen to Blake, Van Etten, Future and Deerhunter this weekend. I pretty much have the same opinion for all the releases - they all sound...

    Pretty prolific week so early in 2019!

    Had a chance to listen to Blake, Van Etten, Future and Deerhunter this weekend. I pretty much have the same opinion for all the releases - they all sound like the artists doing what they do well, but not doing anything special.

    James Blake's 2016 'The Colour in Anything' was a huge grower for me three years ago, and has become an all-time favourite of mine. This new release is much easier to swallow, and is definitely riding on some trends of the moment. It's so much warmer than anything else he has done, but then I miss the iciness of his other records - there was always something to unravel whereas I feel I've heard everything I need to hear with this one. Who knows, maybe there's more to it that a few more listens will reveal.

    The WIZRD is really just Future doing Future. It's getting old now, unfortunately. DS2 really refined the sound, but that was four years ago now. Probably won't go back to this one. Much preferred his attempt at pop-rap on Hndrxx

    Sharon Van Etten got 'Best New Music' so probably worth going back to. Sounds like her most mature release so far, although nothing really grabbed me like I remember the songs on 'Are We There' doing. That could be a good thing, I'll definitely be listening more closely next time.

    I've heard just about every Deerhunter album and I've not enjoyed any of them, so I won't pretend I have much to say about it.

    Edit: Heh sorry about the typo in the title.

  9. Releases of the week 12/01/2019 - 18/01/2019 Featured Release James Blake - Assume Form (Alternative R&B, Art Pop) "After dropping two new songs yesterday — the subtle trapper “Mile High” and the...

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    James Blake - Assume Form (Alternative R&B, Art Pop)

    "After dropping two new songs yesterday — the subtle trapper “Mile High” and the haunting “Lullaby For My Insomniac” — James Blake reveals today the entirety of Assume Form, his fourth full-length to date and follow-up to 2016’s The Colour In Anything. It’s available to stream in full below via Apple Music and Spotify.
    The album spans 12 tracks, including last year’s excellent “Don’t Miss It”, and features guest spots from Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, Rosalía, André 3000, and Moses Sumney. Blake previously contributed to the most recent full-length efforts from Oneothrix Point Never and Travis Scott, as well as on singles from Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, and Moses Sumney.”

    Source: Consequence of Sound

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    Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow (Indie Pop, Synth)

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    Future - The WIZRD (Hip Hop, Trap)

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    Deerhunter - Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared (Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock)

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    Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace (Alternative R&B, Synth Funk)

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    4 votes
  10. Comment on This Week's Releases 14/12 - Charlotte Gainsburg, Kodak Black, Vic Mensa and more. in ~music

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    Things are slowing down as they usually do this time of year, with just a few mixtapes and EPs going around this week. I'll keep posting these as they take my interest - apologies in advance if I...

    Things are slowing down as they usually do this time of year, with just a few mixtapes and EPs going around this week. I'll keep posting these as they take my interest - apologies in advance if I miss anyone's more niche favourites.

    Charlotte Gainsbourg's release last year was solid, and this new EP feels like a brief extension of it. A few decent news songs and some welcome live tracks - the cover of 'Runaway' is pretty neat. Nothing in-all to get too excited about.

    I've been a fan of Kodak Black the last few years - he's a talented guy with strangely introspective bars despite being an absolute fucking moron. Listening to his latest release now, and it's sounding like his most mature effort yet. I was hesitant to highlight it as a feature because of his controversial legal issues, but this is an essential listen this week in my eyes.

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  11. Releases of the week 8/12/2018 - 14/12/2018 Featured Release Charlotte Gainsburg - Take 2 - EP (Art Pop, Synth Pop) "Charlotte Gainsbourg has announced a new EP called Take 2. The five-track...

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    Charlotte Gainsburg - Take 2 - EP (Art Pop, Synth Pop)

    "Charlotte Gainsbourg has announced a new EP called Take 2. The five-track project, which features her cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway,” is out December 14 via Because Music. Today, she’s shared the EP’s first song “Such a Remarkable Day.” Check it out below with a video of Gainsbourg’s live performances.
    Take 2 is produced by Frank Ocean collaborator SebastiAn and mixed by Tom Elmhirst. See the artwork below. Last year, Gainsbourg released Rest, which featured on Pitchfork’s “50 Best Albums of 2017.”

    Source: Pitchfork

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    Kodak Black - Dying To Live (Hip Hop, Trap)

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    Vic Mensa - Hooligans EP (Conscious Hip Hop)

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    $ilkMoney - *I Hate My Life and I Really Wish People Would Stop Telling Me Not To * (Hip Hop, Trap)

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    4 votes
  12. Comment on This Week's Releases 30/11 - Earl Sweatshirt, The 1975, J.I.D., Jeff Tweedy in ~music

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    Funny, I could never quite get into his previous releases, but 'Some Rap Songs' has immediately hooked me. I think the 'claustrophobia' felt to me like the album is very concentrated, with all...

    Funny, I could never quite get into his previous releases, but 'Some Rap Songs' has immediately hooked me. I think the 'claustrophobia' felt to me like the album is very concentrated, with all bells and whistles pushed aside - just <30mins of bars and beats. I've always been a fan of abstract, jazz rap beats so I fell right in, and his mumbling felt like the perfect extension of his nihilistic delivery and outlook he's been known for.

    You're right though, this isn't unique, the sound is totally derivative of the lo-fi beats that are popular at the moment. It isn't a world away from what Milo has been doing from Scallops Hotel, but the important thing is that Earl is bringing Earl to the sound - and his writing is coming along leaps and bounds, and it's best when he isn't trying too hard. I definitely need to give it a few more spins. I think we're yet to hear Earl's best work, but first impressions is that this is one of my favourite records of 2018.

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  13. Releases of the week 24/11/2018 - 30/11/2018 Featured Release Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs (Hip Hop, Abstract) It’s always been Earl versus the world. Fame found him at the age of 16, making...

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    Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs (Hip Hop, Abstract)

    It’s always been Earl versus the world. Fame found him at the age of 16, making him an internet sensation, then a meme, then an enigma, and finally, an icon. For an introverted kid who knew he could rap but was reluctant to accept the exposure and invasions of privacy that came with being a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, it’s been an uncomfortable evolution. Voracious fans threatened to consume not just his music but his personal life too. That same entitlement caused the “FREE EARL” campaign to mutate from eager appreciation to scary obsession and stoked fans’ demand for music during the three years since his last album—even as he was mourning his father’s death earlier this year. Rather than bask in the attention, he recoiled from it, setting himself apart from peers who maintain relevance through carefully strategized ubiquity. As he receded from the spotlight, his mystique grew—as did fans’ desire to hear him to do what he does best.

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    The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Pop, Synthpop)

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    J.I.D. - DiCaprio 2 (Hip Hop, Trap)

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    Jeff Tweedy - Warm (Indie, Alt-Country)

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    Meek Mill - CHAMPIONSHIPS (Hip Hop, Trap)

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    6 votes
  14. Comment on What's your favorite song cover? in ~music

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    Mark Kozelek's cover of Modest Mouse's 'Ocean Breaths Salty' just opens up the song in a whole new perspective. Usually I hate when people take big songs and strip them down to make them sound...

    Mark Kozelek's cover of Modest Mouse's 'Ocean Breaths Salty' just opens up the song in a whole new perspective. Usually I hate when people take big songs and strip them down to make them sound 'deeper', but Mark does such a sincere job, it's remarkable it's a cover at all.

    Also, Phoebe Bridger's cover of Mark Kozelek's 'You Missed My Heart' is how the song should be, imo. Something about hearing a song that's clearly a male perspective through Bridger's voice.

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  15. Comment on This Week's Releases 23/11 - Oneohtrix Point Never, Dipset, Rita Ora in ~music

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    Pretty slow week, but I felt Oneohtrix Point Never's new EP would be a great left-of-field choice for the feature. I think Lopatin consistently proves himself to be one of the most interesting...

    Pretty slow week, but I felt Oneohtrix Point Never's new EP would be a great left-of-field choice for the feature. I think Lopatin consistently proves himself to be one of the most interesting electronic artists of today. I've given it a couple of spins, and it's a tight package. Some very mood-setting ambient tracks, and a collab from Sandy Alex G to finish it all off. It's not even 15 minutes, so I think everyone should try and hear it this weekend if they can.

    The album I was most looking forward to though was Boosie Blue Cafe. As Boosie is one of the more 'real' voices in gangsta/trap rap, I thought it was super interesting that he was tackling a totally new sound. The result is, well, really bad! But I can't help but kind of love it. It totally ranges from being an interesting fusion of Hip Hop and Blues to strange songs where Boosie just kind of talks over the top of confused backing tracks because he can't really sing. 'I Know How To Have A Good Time' might just be the worst song I've heard this year, but other tracks like 'Love Yo Family' show an optimistic side to Boosie's outlook that I wasn't expecting.

    The whole album just made me smile, something about hearing Boosie rap about going to heaven and seeing all his old, dead heroes, or how much he loves his gran's Potato Salad, just warmed my heart.

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  16. Releases of the week 17/11/2018 - 23/11/2018 Featured Release Oneohtrix Point Never - Love In The Time Of Lexapro (EP) (Prog Electronic, Ambient) Oneohtrix Point Never has dropped off his new EP,...

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    Oneohtrix Point Never - Love In The Time Of Lexapro (EP) (Prog Electronic, Ambient)

    Oneohtrix Point Never has dropped off his new EP, Love in the Time of Lexapro....
    The new effort follows producer Daniel Lopatin’s impressive 2018 album, Age Of, and The Station EP from July. It contains a pair of new songs and alternate, collaborative versions of two Age Of tracks.
    The two previously unreleased originals are titled, “Thank God I’m a Country Girl” and “Love in the Time of Lexapro”. The latter title track has been an audience favorite on Lopatin’s Age Of tour, but has never been properly recorded and released until now. Also included is a rework of Age Of’s “Last Known Image Of A Song” from veteran Japanese experimental musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant), as well as an updated take on Age Of highlight “Babylon” featuring additional contributions from (Sandy) Alex G.”

    Source: Consequence of Sound

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    Dipset - Diplomatic Ties (Trap, Hip Hop)

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    Rita Ora - Let You Love Me (Pop, Electropop)

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    Boosie Badass - Boosie Blues Cafe (Hip Hop, Blues)

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    Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! (Indie, Rock)

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  17. Comment on ~music Weekly Music Tracks Thread 1 - Uplifting Earworms in ~music

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    TEMPTATION - Joey Bada$$ Perfect song for rolling the windows down on a June day. I was worried I would ruin this song (album) last year by listening to it so much, but it's still just as fresh.

    TEMPTATION - Joey Bada$$

    Perfect song for rolling the windows down on a June day.

    I was worried I would ruin this song (album) last year by listening to it so much, but it's still just as fresh.

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  18. Comment on ~music Listening Club 23 - Dark Side of the Moon in ~music

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    I think its a remarkable album, especially given how ahead of its time it was. That said, I don't think it's aged well, and I think its popularity is mostly a self fulfilling prophecy on-loop at...

    I think its a remarkable album, especially given how ahead of its time it was.

    That said, I don't think it's aged well, and I think its popularity is mostly a self fulfilling prophecy on-loop at this point.

    Its themes are wince-inducingly surface, by covering all 'deep' topics in one blanket-throw, it becomes an album about almost nothing at all. There's a song about time called 'Time' that starts with clocks and explores how time passes and you can't get it back, and there's a song about money called 'Money' that starts with cash machines and explores how too much money makes you evil. That doesn't really sell the 'genius' to me that gets touted so often.

    I think for a lot of people its that perfect gateway album that demonstrates how an album can be a cohesive experience, and that music can be more than just rhythm and melody. It certainly was for me.

    I'm not the Floyd fan I used to be, but I much prefer the looser, more improvisational sound of Wish You Were Here, that doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, and doesn't sound like young men trying very hard to impress.

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  19. Comment on This Week's Releases 16/11 - Anderson .Paak, The Smashing Pumpkins, Imagine Dragons in ~music

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    Yes, Bubblin was great! It sounded like a refinement on the sound he set out in Venice. Was surprised it wasn't on Oxnard, but maybe it would have stood out. My 'Listen' link was kind of a...

    Yes, Bubblin was great! It sounded like a refinement on the sound he set out in Venice. Was surprised it wasn't on Oxnard, but maybe it would have stood out.

    My 'Listen' link was kind of a needledrop listen link where it points to a lead single for a taster. Song.link seems like a good solution, I'll use this next time as well as a link to a single - thanks!

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  20. Comment on This Week's Releases 16/11 - Anderson .Paak, The Smashing Pumpkins, Imagine Dragons in ~music

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    Malibu was one of my favourite albums in 2016, and I think the second half stopped it from being an all-time favourite of mine. I had high hopes .Paak would take the neo-soul sound of the first...

    Malibu was one of my favourite albums in 2016, and I think the second half stopped it from being an all-time favourite of mine. I had high hopes .Paak would take the neo-soul sound of the first half further, but Oxnard feels like .Paak decided to play it safe and do what he knows he can do.

    I thought it was a very fun listen, and there's hardly a weak moment, but nothing stand-out either. The fact 'Tints' is the lead single is a perfect example of this - fun, well written, but nothing special. Oxnard in all felt like a playlist more than a full featured album like 'Malibu', but I'll definitely be getting a few more spins out of it.

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