ON THE WEEKEND EVENING WHEN THERE ARE NO FORCES, the most difficult thing to decide are two key things: what to cook and what to see. In order not to rush about for a long time, sorting through the lists of the best by genre, author or year, we have compiled a recipe for the perfect vacation for you. Here are five new albums guaranteed to put you in the summer mood wherever you are.
A good night in the ghetto
An amazing example of a seemingly hackneyed sound nostalgia, which nevertheless perfectly fits the summer of 2016 and the thermometer. Kamaya is a twenty-one-year-old Auckland resident. Unlike the same Chance, she grew up in a textbook dysfunctional family, visited orphanages, dreamed of success and listened to TLC, Missy Elliott and MC Hammer. He walks everywhere with an ancient brick mobile phone. All of this, in an amicable way, is an almost perfect (perhaps better cover) description of her debut mixtape. To the brazen and assertive homage to the music that sounded when she was not yet in the world, Kamaya sings and reads that starving is bad, walking and drinking all night is cool, and money and carefree sex are her choice. All this seems to have a second bottom, but these tracks are so created for all kinds of amusements that any other meanings are hardly destined to surface.
Chance the rapper
The third mixtape Chance the Rapper (in the world of Chancelor Bennett) and so far the loudest rap record this year after "Life of Pablo" by Kanye West. Both rappers also exchanged guest appearances on each other's albums. Chance is 23, he comes from a prosperous family (his dad worked under Senator Obama) and grew up on jazz and soul, which, of course, you can feel it. As in the case of Life of Pablo, gospel is often mentioned when talking about Coloring Book, only in Chance's case there is a little more reason for this. If this is not a full-fledged religious album, then the theme of faith here clearly holds everything together. Chance talks about relationships with a girl, a newborn daughter, nostalgia for childhood, #BlackLivesMatter and the crime scene in his native Chicago. Mentions of God, choral singing and other references to traditions, however, do not burden all this, but, on the contrary, make listening easy and ecstatic. Whatever religion you are of.
Black terry cat
The second album is Xenia Rubinos, a Connecticut-born Brooklyn woman with Puerto Rican, Cuban and African roots. The variety of bloodlines rhymes with the music that the musician makes as well as possible. If in the first album she sang in Spanish half of the time, which somehow ranked her as part of the Latin scene, Black Terry Cat is completely English, which does not help with the classification. Her music marries the minimalistic assertiveness of art-punk with hip-hop, she samples Miles Davis's outstanding album Sketches of Spain, sings like a classical jazz singer, while still sending Erica Badu somewhere. One of the most elegant and at the same time daring records of this summer.
The second mixtape of Joey Purp is a member of the Chicago music group Save Money, which, among others, also includes Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa (both appear here). Only, unlike Chance's “Coloring Book”, “iiiDrops” came out not about faith and love, but more about evil streets. Purp talks about being young in the midst of Chicago trouble, personal issues here are on a par with street violence, police brutality, guns and drugs. Musically, the album is more like a party, sounds wide and pompous, with cinematic orchestrations in the spirit of Kanye's middle period. If you listen to the album in the car, all the local social issues may well inadvertently fly out into the wide open window. Only, even in the track about girls in the club, it does not do without mentioning the topical and radical publicist Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Another socially charged album that sounds like the best soundtrack of the summer. Jamila Woods is a singer, poet and activist, also from the circle of Chance the Rapper and also a resident of Chicago.Her debut solo album is composed of airy neosoul and hip-hop, which refer either to their samples from the early 2000s, then to children's counting rhymes. Woods reinterprets The Cure's "Just Like Heaven", sings about magic and love. At the same time, she repeatedly refers to the abolitionist Harriet Tubman and talks about what it is like to be a black girl and a woman in modern society. In the Russian language, perhaps, there is no connotationally suitable translation of the word "community", especially given the meaning it has for the African American population. But Jamila Woods' music definitely comes from somewhere.
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