Archive for the ‘Singles’ Category


Flying Lotus and Earl Sweatshirt — “Between Friends”

July 23, 2012

Flying Lotus released a new track through the Adult Swim Singles Program, contributing to the network that helped him get his start. It’s free for download, but Adult Swim just totally redesigned their website today and their Shockwave plug-in has been wonkin out on me (bad day for an overhaul when you know so much additional music blog traffic is going to be passing through).

The track features young Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt and “Captain Murphy”, a fictional sea captain from Sealab 2021, and not a rapper. The Captain’s got bars though, serious bars that sound a helluva lot like someone else’s we just heard, with a little more character in his voice. [edit: on fourth or fifth listen I started doubt my original assumptions and I actually have no idea]

Fly Lo and Earl Sweat are a match made in abstract-alternative hip-hop heaven. Their sensibilities pair perfectly. Starting, stopping short, flowing perfectly together in time. We need more music from the two of them—collaborating or separate—more hip-hop from Fly Lo, and more verses from Sweatshirt. The interview attached to the single has Fly Lo hinting at a new CD. Fly Lo seems like a good guy, he laughs easy; he seems likeable and down to earth. I imagine Sweatshirt is the same, but shyer. The world could use more humble visionaries.




Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” Single

July 13, 2012

Some people like the way it feel/ Some people want to kill they sorrow/ Some people want to fit in with the popular, so what’s my problem?

Kendrick Lamar’s new single considers the symptoms and problems of alcoholism from every angle. The single shows the depth and scope of cultural and psychological analysis Kendrick’s writing can capture. It reinforces the fact that his craft is on a whole other level than most other artists in hip hop today. Kendrick is more than just a 12-bar, couple nights in the studio, couple mixtapes, couple features half-hearted, cussing, in-and-out rapper. “Swimming Pools” boasts an intriguing insightful concept, three very differently styled verses, two different choruses that add more layers every time they come around. The song is a little poppier than most of the Compton rapper’s other material, but after a few listens I found the pop fades and all there is K.Dot. The man’s songs reach a level of musical complexity unmatched in hip-hop today. Each of his verses questions and redefines what it means to flow.

Listen to this track and then go back and check out “Cartoons and Cereal”, and of course you’ve already heard “The Recipe”, and tell me I’m wrong.

good kid, m.A.A.d city is set to drop October 2, 2012. Have you the mind to be excited yet?