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WEEK STARTING 27 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of LOUIE by Kenny Beats.

Kenny Beats

LOUIE

    LOUIE is the debut album from Kenny Beats, best known for producing seminal albums for some of the world’s most exciting artists (including Vince Staples, IDLES, Rico Nasty and Denzel Curry). On LOUIE Kenny subverts expectations with an almost entirely instrumental artist record, looping obscure 70s soul, lo-fi snippets of his fathers voice, along with guest 'vocals' from the likes of Jpegmafai and Slowthai over woozy beats. The cut'n'paste, sample heavy vibe brings to mind the likes of DJ Shadow and Avalanches in an LP that acts as a deeply personal tribute to his father.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Really nice cut-n-paste, (mainly) instrumental LP from this relatively new studio wizard who's already turned heads working with some fantastic high profile artists.

    TRACK LISTING

    Leonard
    Parenthesis
    Hold My Head
    So They Say
    Family Tree
    Hooper
    Still
    Moire
    Get Around
    Eternal
    Last Words
    Drop 10
    The Perch
    Really Really
    That Third Thing
    Rotten
    Hot Hand

    Childish Gambino

    Kauai - Reissue

      STN MTN / Kauai is the combined release of the seventh mixtape and second extended play (EP) by American recording artist Childish Gambino. They are each considered dual sides of a concept album that are unified by a cohesive story line, and come ten months after Glover's second studio album, Because the Internet

      STN MTN is a concept mixtape where Glover is asleep dreaming he "ran Atlanta", with songs based on modern day southern hip hop. The mixtape ends with Glover awaking from this dream on the Hawaiian island, Kauai. Kauai is a concept EP. Unlike STN MTN, Kauai focuses on themes such as love, nostalgia and passion, using alternative R&B. A song from the EP Kauai, "Retro [Rough]", is based on Gambino's earlier song, "Love Is Crazy" featuring Eugene Cordero, from his mixtape Sick Boi.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Sober
      2. Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good) - Childish Gambino Feat. Jaden Smith
      3. Retro (Rough)
      4. The Palisades - Childish Gambino Feat. Christian Rich
      5. Poke - Childish Gambino Feat. Steve G Lover
      6. Late Night In Kauai - Childish Gambino Feat. Jaden Smith
      7. V. 3005

      Nosaj Thing

      Continua

        The long awaited return of Nosaj Thing AKA Jason Chung, his 5th album and his debut for LUCKYME®, Continua is an ensemble work from the artist Pitchfork dubbed the ‘preeminent modern minimalist’.

        The record features 12 artists at the fore of jazz, hip hop, rock, soul and the avant garde, brought together by the cohesiveness of Chung's signature atmospheres: Toro y Moi, Julianna Barwick, Duval Timothy, Panda Bear (Animal Collective), Eyedress, serpentwithfeet, Pink Siifu, HYUKOH, Mike Andrews, Sam Gendel, Slauson Malone, Coby Sey, Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead) and more contribute to this future classic.

        “There’s multiple energies on the record and every time I hear it, it feels alive to me. It’s a communal record and we all tuned into something. My hope is that this could impact whoever's listening to it in a positive way. Continua invites you forward. To keep going.”

        The heightened emotional undertones of Continua nod to a golden era where virtuosic electronic, downtempo and hip hop-inspired production transcended the late 90s MTV2 pop canon. Nosaj Thing's expertise is in crafting soundscapes that imply his journey, tracing back to the noise and punk shows at DIY venue The Smell, to working behind the counter of Turntable Lab, to his debut at Low End Theory, his opening performances for The xx and then The Weeknd. He’s played a decade of ambitious, headline experiences with Tokyo-based visual savant, Daito Manabe. This essence of IRL live-ness imbues his music with such a visceral emotional range that it would be reductive to describe it as a 'mood'. But it's exactly that communally-shared 'mood' that has made Nosaj Thing such a cult artist across his 16-year-deep discography.

        TRACK LISTING

        A
        1 Continua
        2 My Soul Or Something Ft. Kazu Makino
        3 Process
        4 Woodland Ft Serpentwithfeet
        5 Blue Hour Ft Julianna Barwick
        6 Grasp Ft Coby Sey, Slauson Malone & Sam Gendel

        B
        1 We Are (우리는) Ft HYUKOH
        2 Condition Ft Toro Y Moi
        3 Look Both Ways Ft Pink Siifu
        4 All Over Ft Panda Bear
        5 Skyline
        6 Different Life Ft Eyedress


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