Nice to hear there’s a depth of talent and sonic influences in The xx. The steel drums and the song’s rainbow-coloured carnival feel belies the fact that the song really isn’t a million miles away from some of the dancier borders of his band’s whole noir pop thing. Boiled down to essentials, It’s got that James Blake/Pariah buzz to it that their debut occasionally dabbles in. I think the kids call ‘post-dubstep’ – but I’m not entirely sure.
Whether it’s just a creative outlet or a sign of things to come from the band proper, time will tell.
MP3: The xx – Teardrops
An unofficial video, but very nicely done nonetheless.
MP3: LCD Soundsystem – Home
I couldn’t understand the fuss over Swizz Beats’ verse on Lord Lord Lord. It’s probably the weakest, sure, but it did the job and had a certain charm in how laid back and shambolic it was (I mean, Kanye rhymes ‘movie’ with ‘cootie’ in the same song – with is almost as bad as the ‘Have you ever had sex with a Pharaaaaoooooh’).
Regardless, that track is the best, most consistent thing to come from this G.O.O.D Fridays project, which is more and more evidently a process for Kanye to clear out some tracks that won’t make the cut for his next album (I hope). Obviously that then asks the question of what he’s doing roping in Raekwon, RZA, not members of the Kanye stable like Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson and so on, for a free download project. But anyway…
Swizz Beats cumbersome rapping metre was fine.
But Swizz Beats singing…
MP3: Kanye West – So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, RZA, Swizz Beats, Cyhi The Prynce)
El Guincho takes on the search for the perfect alternative breasts. And a lot of other stuff happens.
MP3:El Guincho – Bombay