Jennifer Lopez – Dinero ft. DJ Khaled, Cardi B
J-Lo must have watched the ascent of latin-pop in recent years with a scornful look. That was her shtick, before all these Camilla-come-lately’s. A poor attempt to recover it, then. ‘Dinero’ is an ugly tune whose black & white MV sums up its limited pallet succinctly. Cardi B’s adventures in sheer plosive are becoming wearisome. DJ Khaled meanwhile only grows more hilarious with each cameo.
Immersion – Propulsoid
It seems the spirit of Can is alive and well on this slice of epic drone. Synth pad is layered on a persistent bass loop, creating an entrancing and hypnotic sense of not forward, but upwards momentum. Great video too for fans of Koyaanisqatsi.
The Black Eyed Peas – RING THE ALARM pt.1, pt.2, pt.3
will.i.am may still be a corny MC whose bars fall flat without exception, however this is a solid instrumental with a decent hook, though one that does ape Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pound the Alarm’. The synth loop is pure Jean-Michael Jarre, the drum fills pure Grandmaster Flash, with a whole lot of inspiration in between. Flawed but fun.
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin
The flow may owe a lot to the nasal odd-ball prognostications of Kendrick, but the California rapper is worth recommending in his own right. The move of rap away from juicy instrumentals and towards sheer strength of flow is a shame, and leaves this one feeling a little spare. However the once homeless Paak’s take on the destitute rings truer than those around him.
Vicktor Taiwò – tDS (Surf)
The East-London upstart sings with the conquered spirit of Thom Yorke, and lays on this track a trip beat fit for Massive Attack’s Protection. That said, this sounds unlike anything else. Soulful, wounded, stirring. What a beautiful song.