This collaboration between Mike G, the American rapper and DJ best known as a member of hip hop collective Odd Future, and Coodie Breeze, otherwise known as Pyramid Quince, has all the energy of a sleeping group of stoners – but somehow still manages to creep under your skin. Slow-paced, mesmeric, and repetitive, with a hook asking ‘Can a God get a witness?’ over a spaced-out, spooky, ultra-minimal backing track, it won’t set the club on fire but it might just soundtrack your next drive home in the dark.
R&B singer Tinashe has released the first single of the album Party Favors Player. Chris Brown jumps in delivering his rough rapped verse which loses nothing in its energy. With its tinkling synthpop soul intro, Tinashé’s sultry vocals slide over the airwaves breathily filling in the spaces between the beats. This track is more pop and dance infused than her previous offerings which is no bad thing as it has more of an attitude. Lightly produced its pulsing baseline is similar to the album Aquarius and definitely a dancefloor uptempo hit. The track weaves the voices of Tinashe and Brown to tease and taunt each other through the lyrics. Leaving us in no doubt as to the subject matter of the lyrics, player tells the story that so many relationships go through. With the rapid response rap from Brown, this is definitely a high energy track with lots of emotion.
Ensemble Economique is the project masterminded by Californian born Brian Pyle. Now on his eleventh album the work of Pyle is best described as ambient and You, By Candlelight is a perfect example of his craft. Pyle himself describes his work “as if day and night were colliding”. Hazy and laid back in vibe the track, some seven minutes in length, washes over you like a gentle wave yet it never bores nor dulls the senses. Whilst it’s feel is dark it maintains sufficient trance like melody to ultimately uplift The vocal of J Moon, Berlin based singer Jessica Einaudi is hauntingly beautiful and understated, the perfect foil for Pyles soundtrack.
Missouri-born rapper Tech N9ne has famously joined forces with everyone from Cee Lo Green and B.o.B to long-haired 60s rockers The Doors (yes, really) and Eminem. His latest collaborator is Darrein Safron, newly signed to Tech’s artist roster Strange Music, who adds his honey-smooth, almost feminine RnB vocals to Tech’s latest track. ‘My crew’s all tripped out, off that real good green,’ he croons: a perfect, melodic foil to Tech’s staccato rapping, the ‘chopper’ style he made famous back in the 90s. It’s a grower for certain, and a party song for those who want to lounge in the VIP area.