I love me some rap. I love dirty rap, and I really, really like when women do it. So, enter Azealia Banks, my new crush/obsession/soulmate (not really). But, I do have to say that I’m both impressed and delighted that I stumbled upon her stuff and I really hope I get a chance to see her live sometime soon.
She released a mixtape last July, Fantasea (I’m so behind the times!) and I’ve been listening to it all week. So here are a couple of my favourites and a download/streaming link for you all!
My two favourite tracks off the album:
So, I’m super in to Clams Casino lately. Clams Casino is a hip hop producer and electronic DJ who has put together songs and instrumentals for rappers such as A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd and Lil B. Or just in general, that entire genre of music: the hip-hop/r&b and electronica. I just love playing it in the back while I do work, zone out to it, or even while I’m in transit. I picked up one of Clams Casino mixtapes and came across this song with Big Pun. It’s not THE best song, but I just can’t even help myself from laughing when I hear the chorus:
“What you came for? Surgery, with the chainsaw!”
Ahh, Big Pun. You’re dearly missed.
I just recently started to use my iTunes shuffle as a part of my normal music routine. I’m usually very controlling about my music; tailoring it to fit my specific mood, and not usually up for letting chance take a shot at what I hear. I have issues, clearly haha. Anyway, I started using it recently and I have noticed that I have an abundance of really strange music. I don’t even know how I’ve obtained some of these songs, but it’s just the strangest thing. It’s even happened somehow on my iPhone’s iTunes; I keep stumbling on these insane songs, that I nevertheless give an opportunity to (equal-opportunist over here! Yoo-hoo!). I’ve actually come across some really good tunes and while strange, I’ve learned to appreciate them since I put them on repeat over.
So because I’m bored, and really have nothing at all to do other than this (no studying, no packing, nothing! … I wish), I’ve compiled a list of the weirdest and best ones that I have come across so far.
1. Hatshepsut – Oh No! Yoko
2. Monochrome Effect – Perfume
3. Still Dre – Monster Monster (This is the weirdest one)
4. Roman Summer – Bear Cavalry
I was fortunate enough to receive tickets to Bloc Party from one of my friends for my 25th birthday. I was planning on taking my little cousin, who is a big fan of the band as well, but when she couldn’t make it down, my good friend Jamie came through in the clutch! The show was at the Danforth Music Hall, which I had never been to, but it was also one of the first times in a while that I had been to a show THAT big, and that rowdy. Either way, being on the Danforth meant one thing, and one thing only: GREEK! So Jamie and I hit up Messini Authentic Gyros and had some deliciously-bad-for-you gyros (which had FRENCH FRIES stuff inside) and feta fries (which were just fries piled with feta and baked with olive oil and oregano). I definitely recommend this place if you ever are around (http://www.messini.ca/).
Anyhooooo… after being a fan for so many years, I was elated that I finally had the opportunity to see them play live. I wasn’t really into the new album, Four, when I first heard it; the vibe was different, harder and louder than usual, but live, they really rocked it. I wish that they had played more songs from Intimacy, which is definitely my favourite album. They played a lot of old stuff like Banquet, Like Eating Glass, and their encore (correctly guessed by Jamie) was This Modern Love.
Kele was amazing! He even did a version of Rhianna’s We Found Love before breaking into Flux. It was epic. Absolutely epic. I posted the video of that below.
I’m super into this new band from out of Brooklyn (originally from the West Coast), Lemonade. Overall just digging the electronica sound now, with heavy and deeper beats, I’m really drawn to the new album Diver because it beautifully fuses the sound I love and great, thought-provoking lyrics.
So far I’ve listened to the new CD around 20 times from back to front, finding myself able to put it on in the background while I am working, playing video games or even just walking around the city and not even skip one song. I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s an instant win on the album scale for me.
Anyway, I just wanted to share a couple of my favourite tracks off the album – originally drawn in by the single Softkiss, I soon began to appreciate each and every song on the CD. I also tweeted at the band, hoping that they would come to Toronto sometime soon, but there are no plans as of yet! I’m crossing my fingers though, I’m a REALLY big fan after this album. I may have to go to NYC just to see them – that’s DEFINITELY not going to be a hard sell! haha!
Enjoy, and if you like, you can buy the album here: http://lemonadesounds.net/