Monday, April 9, 2012
New Muzik Monday (4/9/12)
I don't normally listen to a lot of hip-hop. So when I immediately like a record as much as Mickey Factz's newest, I know it must be something special. Factz is an absolutely monster on the mixtape, only featuring a few guest verses and even doing a lot of the production himself, doing a deed that few artists would dare doing in these ages. Factz even has a special unique theme to the record, basing the albums around three "memoirs", containing social commenting by his "character" about life as a 1980's graffiti writer kicked out by his parents for being troubled. Deadmau5 and Danger Mouse samples only sweeten the deal of one of the best hip hop releases so far this year.
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Quirky pop-rock may possibly be my favorite genre, and Jukebox The Ghost is one of the best at doing it. The band has been playing new song "Somebody" at shows for the past few months, and it's carried over to the recording even better than I expected. In fact, after just a few listens, "Somebody" has asserted itself in my favorite Jukebox The Ghost songs. It's danceable, catchy, and optimistic; the perfect combination for a massive hit.
For all those craving for new Sufjan Stevens music, look no further. Sufjan has joined with rapper Serengeti and producer Son Lux to create S/S/S. Sufjan's sound from The Age of Adz has been amplified further with the production of Son Lux, while Serengeti brings his unique flow to the mix. While Sufjan purists may be appalled with the use of autotune on his vocals in opening track "Museum Day", the effect goes with the weirdness that dominates the entire EP. While not near the best of Sufjan's work, Beak & Claw is still another solid edition to anyone's library.
Listen to "Museum Day"