Drake has jumped on the release an album by surprise bandwagon with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Unlike Beyoncé’s and D’Angelo’s big, blown out surprise albums, however, IYRTITL is really more of a mixtape than a studio album and finds Drake at his most stripped down and emo. Most of the album is just Drake rapping over spare beats (primarily from Boi-1da, but Noah “40” Shebib is obviously here, too), with only the occasional feature from the likes of Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Essentially, IYRTITL is an album chock full of the most divisive aspects of Drake’s music, so if you’re already a fan you’ll love it, but if you aren’t it’s best to skip this one.
New York City’s Grooms make lo-fi post punk that is obviously inspired by shoegaze bands and other 90s artists. Where their fore bearers bent the music into new and interesting shapes, however, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair is relatively straight forward. The album is an enjoyable listen so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing (the Sonic Youth lite “Doctor M” is particularly good), but absent a change in direction it means Grooms will remain where they are: A great opening band, making solid tunes, but not rising to headliner status.
Twin sisters born in Cuba, but based in Paris, Ibeyi are a percussion, piano, and layered vocal (in English, French, Spanish, and Yoruba) based experimental pop duo. Ibeyi is their debut full length, and it is gorgeous. Whether uptempo on the vaguely trip hop sounding “Stranger/Lover”, or slowed down and plaintive on “Behind the Curtain”, Ibeyi’s voices alternate solos and harmonies (in a vaguely CocoRosie manner), to create a stunningly beautiful album that deserves to be heard.
An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: www.last.fm/user/cafreema Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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