Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer

Still struggling to do much wrong is Childish Gambino. This man is actually summer, like he sings on his latest single. It’s one that has been floating around the ether, but it only feels like now is the right time for his track to go up on our playlist.

 

Real talk, if this song is what summer feels like then I’m keen to start a political party that opposes winter and use it as a platform to promote more music like this. I hear winter picks on children.

 

Winter is shit. Join the National Summer League of Everything Good.

 

Ray Chris – LA (prod. by Taz Taylor)

Ok, so having had a chance to previously listen to the very unpredictable Ray Chris, I have to say that personally, I wasn’t quite feeling this track as much as I think I should have to begin with…

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that ‘LA’ is completely trash because it isn’t, but to me it just felt like it was lacking a bit of substance. Then I switched my perception and tried to see it from the rapper’s perspective and why according to him this is a stand-out effort… That’s when it all clicked – I was hearing it but not really ‘listening’ to it…

As soon as I got that, it quickly became clear what the track is all about! LA is about breaking routines up… it’s about having the freedom to make spontaneous choices… It’s about living it up and taking chances, and it’s about expanding. So once I was able to understand this, ‘LA’ promptly started to sound more and more like the mother-effing truth!

Of course the quality of production also helps the listener to get in the zone but it’s equally important to have an understand of why it was written to begin with:

“LA aka waviest beat on the planet, instantly got me into my zone LA is my baby. Kojo & co. kept going out there and I just wanted to go so bad. So I wrote that song, and everyone went crazy in the studio when they heard it. Kojo was actually only in the Maryland studio that day because he missed his flight to LA. I knew I was able to make it happen, so I did. I told the cameraman who reacted wildly to LA, we shooting this video. 2 months later I went. And one year later I’m going back.” – Ray pointed out.

Most people will probably identify and vibe to ‘LA’ at their first listen, but in all honestly, it took me a couple of plays to get there. Definitely a song that grows on you, so my advice is don’t sleep on it – Ray Chris’ LA is quickly becoming addictive!

Kenneth Whalum – Broken Land [album]

The super-talented, dynamic saxophone player Kenneth Whalum was one of our first reviews when I started working at Blatant Misrep. Fast forward some almost two years later, and the alt/R&B artist has went from touring sideman to leading man with his latest project, Broken Land.

The project comes after making another star turn as the featured horn player on Jay-Z‘s “Bam” from the critically acclaimed, 4:44, album. Whalum’s Broken Land is a welcomed departure from the classic jazz space, as Kenneth dives in head first into the experimental world of alt-R&B.

 

 

 

Mija – Time Stops

Mija is getting her hands into many different projects. After releasing a clothing line earlier this year her first solo original track (finally), she has announced she’ll be releasing a new visual project entitled Time Stops.

A DIY film directed and written by Mija herself, alongside director Ryan Forever. The film will be animated by David Dutton who you might know from 8-Bit Cinema, and of course, Mija has scored the whole thing herself.

Time Stops follows four storylines that Mija has scored as separate tracks, released on an EP today eponymous with the film. Strung together they’ll form the project in its entirety. While there isn’t a release date for the Time Stops project, we can get a sense of what’s coming from the music that goes alongside those visuals.