EACH WEEK, CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC SELECTS THE BEST MUSIC FROM THE WEEK. ALL KILLER. NO FILLER.
Kanye West – ‘Ghost Town’
After all the controversial publicity stunts, interviews and tweets, Kanye West’s eighth studio album, ye, has finally arrived. Originally planned to appear on Kanye and Kid Cudi’s collaborative album Kids See Ghosts – due for release this Friday – ‘Ghost Town’ is the best of the seven songs on ye.
Featuring Cudi, John Legend, Shirley Ann Lee and a startling vocal performance from G.O.O.D Music (Kanye’s label) signee 070 Shake, ‘Ghost Town’ has an anthemic power reminiscent of Yeezy’s early work.
Throughout the song, Yeezy covers his opioid addiction, his divisive history and his self-professed Godliness. Just a standard Kanye verse, really. The firework-sounding drums and 070 Shake verse steals the show in the outro. Just don’t ask how a stove can make you bleed…
The Internet – ‘Come Over’
Just last month, The Internet released the lead single, ‘Roll (Burbank Funk)’, from their upcoming fourth album, Hive Mind, due 20 July. The supergroup has now dropped a second single from the highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy-nominated record Ego Death, ‘Come Over’.
‘Come Over’ continues the upbeat, carefree attitude that ‘Roll’ permitted. The sensual vibes that the American band are renowned for remain, but there is a shift away from the hip-hop/RnB crossover represented on Ego Death. ‘Come Over’ shows a funkier side to the band, with Steve Lacy’s guitar licks and Patrick Paige’s bass grooves key features in the song.
Gorillaz – ‘Humility (feat. George Benson)’
Only a year after making their long-awaited return with their fifth album, Humanz, Gorillaz are back with another record. The Now Now, is slated to appear 29 June and the Damon Albarn project has just shared two singles.
‘Humility (feat. George Benson’) and ‘Lake Zurich’ arrived on Friday, signalling a massive direction adjustment from the animated band. The two songs have little to no hip-hop influence and Albarn’s vocals are back in action – contrasting to his minor output on Humanz.
‘Humility’ is the highlight of the two tracks, with the increase of guitar use giving a funky, sun-kissed feel to Gorillaz.
Flight Facilities – ‘All Your Love (feat. Dustin Tebbutt)’
The single roll-out continues from Flight Facilities. ‘All Your Love (feat. Dustin Tebbutt)’ is the fourth single from the electronic duo in about a year – ‘Arty Boy’, ‘Stranded’ and ‘Need You’. Still, there’s no announcement on an album.
There are a couple of moods that are generally emitted from Flight Facilities’ music. It can sometimes be acoustically driven, multi-instrumental and long-winded – see ‘Stranded’ and ‘Clair De Lune’. Other times, they unleash catchy low-key party jams that swirl around in your head all damn day – see ‘Need You’ and ‘Stand Still’.
‘All Your Love’ falls into the former category. With Tebbutt on board, it’s a clear indication of the direction. There’s acoustic guitar, peaceful twinkling, jittery production and a surging synth line. It’s perfect for those chilly early mornings of Winter.
Father John Misty – ‘Please Don’t Die’
Like Gorillaz, Father John Misty put out an album, Pure Comedy, last year, and is back with another effort, God’s Favourite Customer. Released last Friday, you’d be forgiven if you missed it, as Kanye has hijacked all media attention. But don’t sleep on this record, as FJM, AKA Josh Tillman, has put together yet another consistent collection of country-textured soft-rock.
‘Please Don’t Die’ is the fourth single from Tillman’s fourth record, released a few days prior to the album. The song is written from the perspective of Tillman’s wife, detailing a period when the musician was struggling with depression and wrestling the grips of death.
The narrative is played out hauntingly – and engrossingly – in the track’s music video. Check it out below.
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