Kehlani and Lil Yachty 10. . This time out, the queen of pop has successfully kept things under wraps, but it seems that Madame X—a character perhaps inspired by the of the same name starring Lana Turner—is ready for her close-up. The salt and sand of the California beach towns where Paak grew up comprise the lifeblood of his albums. On his fourth album, Ventura, Paak alters this blueprint by mastering the equilibrium between exactitude and ease, between vintage soul and new-school fusion. She and Urie are seen arguing in charmingly stilted French accents, setting the stage for an eye-popping, effects-laden fantasia of a make-up session that includes antagonistic clouds, Easter egg-colored pantsuits, liquid dresses, and a 1960s-style variety show. Earlier this month, Taylor Swift posted an Instagram story with a countdown to the launch of her next musical era.
Counter to past Hold Steady albums, there are few, if any, recurring characters, and unlike Holly, Charlemagne, and the whole crew of divinely inspired party hounds who Finn sings about with that band, his subjects here are mostly just regular folks doing their best to muddle through their day-to-day lives. Ventura serves as a reminder of the magic that can result from looking to the past to inform the future. Frank Ocean and Migos 2. Young Thug, Pharrell, and Ariana Grande 4. Too many tracks on Oxnard felt as if they were carried by noteworthy features like Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Q-Tip, leaving Paak as a supporting character at best. Travis Scott, and A-Trak 6.
Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1. Snoop Dogg, John Legend, and Takeoff 7. How could I not want to run away again and again, escape? Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean 9. Such indifference toward offering thought-provoking lyrics throughout Funk Wav Bounces Vol. We're committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, please consider becoming a Slant patron: You can also make a donation via. I will never be what society expects me to be. But while Paak was comfortable residing in the clearly defined contours of traditional verse-bridge-verse song structures on Malibu, he allows those boundaries to blur and shift here.
Boasting an absolutely star-studded tracklist, the 10-track project delivers summer anthem after summer anthem as the Scottish producer seamlessly blends the worlds of hip-hop, pop, and dance music. But Lizzo gets away with it, delivering in Cuz I Love You a vessel for pure exuberance. Fans of the Chemical Brothers tend to have their own favorites among the many genre styles the pair use to generate their panoramic sonic palette. At the Disco—is a full-tilt 180. Label: Atlantic Release Date: April 19, 2019 Buy: At the heart of Anderson. Throughout it all, Paak maintains an optimism that, though some might deem naïve, is undeniably infectious. I have seen too much.
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