Music review: five songs from this week you need to hear

Weekly roundup by Ryan Hemsworth


Some of the songs below contain explicit language. The views expressed in them do not represent UNews.

We covered a lot of bases this week, from updates on NSCAD's status, to Sid the Kid's return, to students like us at UNews realizing we must love writing for you guys, because we sure as hell won't be getting rich from it. So let's take a detour away from all that, kick our feet up and listen to some good music from the past week.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, "Deep"

Nothing wrong with a little teasing. When this song started I was thinking, 'okay, (rapper) Freddie Gibbs is going to get his Leonard Nimoy on?' But that lasts no more than 10 seconds before Gibbs slaps you in the face with double-time raps from every direction. It's a tragedy this guy is never going to get the acclaim his talent deserves, even when he teams up with masterminds like producer Madlib. I was conflicted when I first saw their names together. Madlib makes the kind of music you want to zone out to, Gibbs traditionally makes you hate people, society, or maybe the world. But this works, and thank God. Gibbs never compromises his intensity and Madlib keeps his production slow and dusty as ever.

Radiohead - "Bloom (Jamie xx Rework Part 3)"

Radiohead have always been creative with their releases (their 2007 album, In Rainbows, was offered up online with a pay-what-you-want price tag). This time around with The King of Limbs, they've been releasing a set of EPs, one at a time, which include lesser known artists remixing tracks from the album. Somehow, this one by English producer Jamie xx was a bonus track. I say somehow because he already released a track earlier in the series, which, kind of came off as two minutes of "when does this kick in?" No slight on Jamie xx, the song was pretty, but this one (Part 3) is a fully developed, near-eight minutes of clunky percussion, sad synths and restrained musical choices.

Dubbel Dutch, "Hymn"

Dubbel Dutch might be the most UK-sounding artist to come out of the dirty south. Thank God for the forward-thinking dance artists like him and Nguzunguzu and Brenmar, who might slowly be saving us from the regime of filthy dubstep. Loving the combination of elements in "Hymn": soft fake strings, military snares and a leaping melody that sounds like he hijacked it from an old Sega Genesis adventure game. Put this one on your iPod and march to the club, we guarantee positive results. 

Mobb Deep, "Get It Forever (ft. Nas)"

Mobb Deep and Nas are aging pretty well, for some of the most important figures in '90s New York rap. I say Nas' name in that sentence with some hesitance, but in the past year he's been sounding hungrier than ever. The Infamous Mobb Deep though, you can't question their track record. They've always followed the formula that fans love: stay consistent, stay good. After twenty years, a lot of artists veer off course or change their goals, but Mobb Deep just head back to the studio with The Alchemist and keep banging out gutter tracks and hood gospel. It's the same ol' subject, but, who's complaining?     

Halls , "I Am Not Who You Want" 

This one is taking me back to the elementary school, junior high obsession with Radiohead (Kid A, Amnesiac-era). From the looped echoes to the mumbly, defeated vocals. Halls definitely made the most peaceful track I've been listening to this week (besides the new Oneohtrix Point Never album, which is recommended for your next bus ride). "I Am Not Who You Want" is the polar opposite of anything from Mobb Deep or Freddie Gibbs, so if those were misses for you, this might stand a chance. It falls just under five minutes, but feels like a lifetime as the mix creeps inside your skull -- if you're wearing headphones, which you should. Halls made one of those tracks that leave you cold and empty as soon as the next song starts on your playlist (which unfortunately for me has been the Street Fighter II soundtrack). 


Leave a comment

All comments are moderated. Posts containing personal attacks, libellous statements, knowingly false information, or vulgar, degrading or threatening language will be rejected.


Email (required, will not appear):


smiley Smileys

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Submit the word you see below: