If you love music, but don't have the time to keep up with what's new, you should listen to Tuesday Reviewsday. Every week our critics join our hosts in the studio to talk about what you should be listening to in one short segment. This week A Martinez is joined by music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and music journalist Oliver Wang.
Album: Bucket List Project
Song: Church / Liquor Store
Summary: Chicago rapper Saba is back with a simply stellar project, the follow up to his 2014 debut project Comfort Zone, and a few star turns on projects with Donnie Trumpet and Chance the Rapper. Joining a cadre of fresh talent from the Windy City, the new album features guest appearances by some the best and brightest from his hometown.
Artist: Khadja Bonet
Album: The Visitor
Song: Nobody Other
Summary: Listen to Khadja Bonet's voice with your eyes closed and you're transported to another time. The classic violinist turned singer has a sound unlike anything we've heard in R&B and thats a good thing. A great thing.
Artist: Ari Lennox
Summary: Ari Lennox is up in the big leagues now, getting her turn at bat. From an indie artist to a artist signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records, she's having the best year ever.
Album: untitled beat tape
Song: Of Fleeting Youth and Memory
Summary: I had a friend in from out of town the other week and we stopped by Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights, the clothing store/radio station/art gallery. And they carried this cassette tape made by a local L.A. beat maker Anatta aka Marco Lopez. And I realize that making anything on cassette in 2016 is a deliberate, self-conscious artistic move, but as we were driving through L.A. listening to it, the lo-fi quality of the tape really worked with the general vibe of the tracks themselves. I feel like this is as local as local gets, insofar as you can only find this in select places in L.A. Heck, I’m not sure where else it’s available besides Espacio!
Album: More Life
Song: Two Birds, One Stone
Summary: Drake gave folks a few sneak peaks at music coming on a mixtape he’s putting out in a few weeks entitled TKTK. This included one song that’s drawn the most attention: Two Birds, One Stone, in which he disses rappers Pusha T and Kid Cudi...which seems...unwise. Is this Drake’s new mid-life crisis now that he’s turning 30?
Artist: The Shacks
Album: The Shacks EP
Song: This Strange Effect
Summary: The Shacks are the duo of Shannon Wise and Max Shrager who are 18 and 20…which makes you feel like you probably didn’t do enough with your life back then. They’re out of New York and they’re working with Big Crown, which historically has been known for retro-soul acts like Lee Fields and El Michels Affair, but The Shacks are pure dream pop.
Wise’s vocals feel like they were processed through some "ultra-breathy" plug-in and this definitely sounds like something that’d be playing during a montage in a really well-photographed indie film. I mean all of these descriptions as compliments by the way. Also, I really like hearing retro-soul labels like Big Crown, Timmion and Daptone branching off into other genres. It makes sense for them to share their studio sound with other kinds of musical artists and the results so far have been promising.