Every week our music experts tell us what's new in the world of music. This week, Take Two contributor Oliver Wang reviews some new tracks from Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, SiR and the newest Hamilton remix featuring L.A. native, Aloe Blacc.
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Song: Black Hole (featuring Anderson paak)
This first selection is from jazz composer/leader Chris Dave. Drumhedz is a loose collective of other artists, many from L.A., contributing to this new album, not unlike Robert Glasper’s Black Radio series from a couple years back. It's very eclectic and pushes sonic boundaries.
Dave, a drummer since the age of three, has played with musicians like D’Angelo and John Legend; he also worked on Adele's "21" album.
Here he is in action:
Song: Dreaming of Me
SiR is the stage name for Inglewood native singer/songwriter Darryl Farris. He's signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the same label as Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q. He's also prominently featured on the Drumhedz album.
Song: I Wrote My Way Out Remix
Part of the “Hamildrop” series of “Hamilton” soundtrack remixes. Last year Lin Manuel Miranda announced a follow-up to his highly successful Hamilton Mixtape, but instead of one mix tape, he said it would be something called Hamildrops … which bring new Hamilton content every month through December 2018.
This month’s Hamildrop features Royce 5’9”, Joyner Lucas, Black Thought and L.A.’s Aloe Blacc, best known for his singles "I Need a Dollar" and "The Man."