[Young Turks; 2017]
A lot has happened since Sampha’s promising 2010 debut, Dual EP. Instead of capitalizing off of his first effort, Sampha instead spent the next seven years supporting his mother as she suffered with cancer. She passed away in 2015, and he would soon after discover his own health scare in the form of a lump in his throat. The result of this seven year hiatus from releasing music is Process, an album with a depth and maturity far exceeding that of most debut, full-length efforts.
Since I spent the entire month of January listening only to albums released in 1974 (you can hear about it HERE), I’m currently playing a game of catch-up on 2017 releases. I’m hoping to have an album to review by next week, but in the meantime, the BDWPS.com page has been stagnant for the past week and a half. To fill some space, I thought I’d share my favorite release of the year so far in the video for Father John Misty’s “Pure Comedy.” I’m sure many of you have already seen it, but if you haven’t, it’s a glory to behold. The song is also pretty great. Hopefully the site will be back to its normal routine in the next week or so.
In this year’s “That 70s Show” episode, we take a look at the music that shaped 1974. It was a year of many genres nearing their end while future genres were just beginning to bud in the underground.
Leonard Cohen “There is a War”
Gil Scott Heron “H2O-Gate”
Funkadelic “On the Verge of Getting It On”
King Crimson “Fallen Angel”
Robert Wyatt “Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road”
Roxy Music “All I Want is You” John Cale “Fear is a Man’s Best Friend”
John Cale “Fear is a Man’s Best Friend”
Since we are only in the infancy of 2017, I thought I’d post a list of my top 10 favorite hip-hop albums of 2016. While many of these also appeared on the Top 40 Albums of 2016 list and the Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2016 podcast, I wanted to focus in on a genre that had a really great year in terms of creative output. As you will see, my taste in hip-hop leans toward the more experimental and alternative, but if you’re interested in reading about some of the most innovative, thought-provoking hip-hop albums of 2016, this is the list for you. For some of these posts I used excerpts from past write-ups (I hope you don’t mind!).
In this podcast, I go through my ten favorite songs of 2016. My taste are wide-ranging and often strange, so many of these great tunes will be new to you. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!
I think we can all agree that 2016 was not a great year. From terrorist attacks to deaths of beloved celebrities to the tumultuous presidential election, it’s easy to compile a list of 2016’s lowlights. What has been lost in this sea of let-downs and despair is the amount of great music that was released this past year. Once again, I’ve compiled a list of some incredible albums that hail from a wide range of genres. Give the final 20 a read through and a listen. I’m sure you’ll find something you also enjoy, and maybe you’ll discover something that strayed beyond your listening peripheral in 2016.