Do you want to discusss albums? The past decade has been all about single releases and the albums (because of the digital era) went down the drain. Well, on the contrary, there are many artists that make great music, delivering such good releases respecting their audience, but it seems that the world as a whole isn’t listening (apart from the pop culture wannabe’s and icons with millions followers on social media).
The thing is that nobody gives a fuck , when it comes to music pleasure, if the social media have millions of likes. The transformation that social media put in the music scene, after a decade of watching it and observing the charts and the releases, nobody seems to remember after years, who put the best group of social media exposure for their promotion. It’s not about the picture, it’s not about the video. Music, since the very beggining is about feelings. If you play a whole album, it’s about how it makes you feel in the end. It’s not only about the hits in the charts. An album is like a painting, it brings out the artist’s worries and their inner self. Put as many videos and stories you like on social media. If the music doesn’t sound right, it doesn’t last.
So… with this small introduction i present to you 4 of the finest releases for the summer 2020. It seems that Khruangbin, Jessie Ware, Run The Jewels and Thundercat have had some real studio time and they have lyrics, music, feeling and each one of them present a piece of art for our ears. From the flower rock, 60s and 70s influenced era, psychedelic sound of Khruanbin, to the disco infused, pop excellence and bass driven sound of Jessie Ware. From the hip-hop, electronic loops and elements, wild and current political-era lyrics of Run The Jewels to the smooth R&B, jazz funk and silk sound of Thundercat.
I’m not going to make comparisons or get in the discussion of analyzing each track. But, i leave this all up to you, after listening to these 4 great releases. They are from different genres, choose what suits you best and let them play. Enjoy Summer 2020.
Khruangbin – Mordechai
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure
Run The Jewels – RTJ4
Thundercat – It Is What It Is