Tuesday Reviewsday is our weekly new music segment, and this week music supervisor, Morgan Rhodes, joins A Martinez to talk about the latest releases.
Billie Eilish, Vince Staples - Burn
Morgan Rhodes says:
If you have not heard of Billie Eilish yet, where have you been? She's had a huge year on the strength of an album called "Don't Smile At Me" and a huge single called "Ocean Eyes," which got something like 14 million streams on Spotify.
This new single with Vince Staples is the culmination of a great number of great moves that she made sonically this year. She's a fan of Vince Staples and wanted to work with him and I think the collaboration works really, really well.
Her success sort of makes you rethink your own youth. At 15, I wasn't killing like this. People want to categorize her and you really can't. She's in her own space, her own lane.
Malia - Simple Things
A MARTINEZ: Some people are comparing her to Lauryn Hill. Is that oversimplifying who she is?
I think they're different. I think if there's a comparison, [it] might just be in the tone of voice. Singing in the low register. She's got range. It was a collaborative effort. Her friends just happen to be Syd, from The Internet and Matt Martian from right here in LA. She is from LA by way of Seattle. Decided to pursue singing, came out here, and they helped her build and embellish her sound.
I think fans of Syd and fans of the soul sound - right here in Los Angeles - will recognize the sound and love this album.
Bonus Track: Malia - Dirty Laundry
Dan Auerbach - Cellophane Angel
Morgan Rhodes says:
It's featured on a project called "Good Sound Comes Back Around." I love it because it reminds me of New Orleans. He recorded this song with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, named after Preservation Hall. It's Dixieland; it's cool. It is a departure from what we know — fans of The Black Keys. This is not El Camino, and this is not Brothers, but I think it's cool. Slow-paced.
Fans of Dan Auerbach will know that his sound is completely different than what he's giving here. He's a little bit country, he's a little bit rock-and-roll, he's a little bit bluesy, but we can all change.