I'm sure a bunch of you have listened to Venetian Snares' latest EP, Cubist Reggae. I don't really know what to say other than it was kinda boring. The Identification Circles Levitate was pretty alright but the rest didn't catch my interest at all. I find it kinda surprising that a lot of people are saying that this was his best work in years. I wish Aaron Funk went back to 2006.
Yo same here. I'm thinking maybe I outgrew him, or the novelty of his drum programming wore off, because the music doesn't sound any less (pfft) sophisticated.
Just picked up the new Beyonce this afternoon, and I can't wait to go through it -- apparently The-Dream killed it on all fronts. Reeeeeeally excited for his new album, The Love IV, to drop in September. We were supposed to get it 6/7/2011 but you know Def Jam. For any other Dream fans, check out The Weeknd (a lot darker, but pretty good) and Frank Ocean (skr8 blowin up right now and a lot of Dream heads love him, though I don't). Last year's Jeremih LP had like, 3 good songs, including the title track, All About You. The Weeknd gets compared to Jeremih a lot, but don't bother checking that one out. Oh, I also landed Lady Gaga's Born This Way Special Edition and Loud by Rihanna, so I'll holla after those. The new J-Lo was decent; the whole thing is dancefloor burners if you're into that sort of thing.The-Dream - PricelessThe Weeknd - What You Need
Still working my way through the Prince discography. About 15 albums in, I decided to pick it back up after I saw him at the Jazz Fest last week (insane). Nigg
a TOO prolific, but everyone who hasn't NEEDS to check out Purple Rain and 1999, and if you like those, Love Symbol, Dirty Mind, Sign O' the Times, Parade and Diamonds and Pearls.Prince - The Beautiful OnesPrince - Lady Cab Driver
Speaking of Diamonds and Pearls, found a million rare-ass Zomby radio dubs and devoured them in a night. Still juicing them like crazy. His new full-length Dedication is also nice; sounds nothing like WWU92 or even One Foot Ahead of the Other, but more like his Digital Flora 10" (one of the tracks is even a clear continuation of the series). Burial is as good as they say he is, slapping distorted garage beats over menacing, melancholy synths and buzzing bass lines like it's his job. (Now that I think about it, it's actually his job.) Get both albums.Zomby - Fantastique RemixBurial - Archangel
As for hip-hop, I was lucky enough to stumble upon an enormous torrent of vintage DJ Paul ('91-94). The sound quality is often attrocious, as the records are all cassette rips, but the music is sooooo good. See for yourselves:DJ Paul & Lord Infamous - Tryna Run GameDJ Paul - All Dirty Hoes