This upcoming week is going to be a good one for music lovers. With a few big names in rap, and a few indie projects as well – there will be a variety of quality projects to look out for..
Moka Only – Magical Weirdness
Forty-one year old emcee/producer combo-talent, Moka Only, is about to showcase the fruits of his agoraphobic tendencies in the studio once again. Originally gaining fame as a member of the legendary Canadian rap-group, Swollen Members, Moka has also collaborated with prolific names in hip-hop, such as J-Dilla and MF Doom. He’s also built up a massive discography since going solo. And I mean, like, profoundly-massive – check out his discography on his Wikipedia, there’s probably over fifty projects. After checking out No (the already-released single set to appear on the album) Magical Weirdness looks like it’ll be comprised of the familiar funky-as-hell, classic boom-bap, soulful sounds that his fans are used to hearing. And that’s something to be excited about.
Magical Weirdness is set to release tomorrow, the 14th
Future – Dirty Sprite 2
Before Future even gave us a taste of his upcoming album when he dropped Blow a Bag, the mere announcement of DS2 was enough to cause mass hysteria throughout music blogs the masses of the #FutureHive. I can’t imagine the state of the hip-hop community once this project is actually released in its entirety. Future has been riding a wave over the past few months as his popularity has increased, so expect DS2 to have some serious bangers.
Dirty Sprite 2 is set to release at 7:17 P.M. on the 17th. You can read ILS Mag’s foresight into the fallout this album will cause here.
MS MR – How Does it Feel?
Okay, normally I’m not a fan of the cotton-candy, electro-pop that this group has released in the past. But this project, coming from the New York duo of Max Hershenow and Lizzy Plapinger, is different. There’s traces of lyrics with deep, intrinsic-value that’s uncommon in this realm of music. The juxtaposition of catchy, electronic compositions and emotional lyrics revolving around lost love and existential crises is irresistible. As much as I hate to admit it, I am incredibly excited about listening to this album front-to-back. No promises that I’ll refrain from dancing like a fool the entire time either.
How Does it Feel? is set to release on the 17th
C Duncan – Architect
It would be an injustice to try and define Scottish composer, C Duncan, in any concrete way. His music is far too eclectic – far too brilliant and widely-ranging in its influences and the sounds these influences have created. I will just refer to C Duncan as an “artist”, because that’s truly what he is. This album will give you hints of folk, jazz, indie-rock, and everything in between with its cathedral-like vocal arrangements and animate chord-progressions. Prepare yourself for the studio debut of an artist who will be making us cry for years to come.
Architect is set to release on the 17th
Travi$ Scott – Rodeo
Yes, I understand that no release-date has been announced for Rodeo. However, with all of the hype and rumors surrounding the possibility of its imminent release, it would only be fair to include it in a list of things to look out for this week. After releasing Days Before Rodeo – which, in my opinion, was by-far-and-away the best project of 2014 – the Houston rapper has a lot of hype to live up to with the release of his first album studio-album. All music aside, the vagueness of the album’s release is very interesting by itself. I think it gives us a great look into the mind of a complex, young artist.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about Travi$ Scott since becoming a fan, listening to his music, and seeing him live a few times – it’s that he’s infatuated with the idea of the classic, rock-star persona.
With an almost-intimidating stage presence, he’s gained notoriety after a few videos of him doing things such as kicking people out of his shows for no apparent reason. When I saw him live at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami last winter, he threatened to walk off the stage multiple times because the sound-technician wasn’t changing the PA settings to Travi$’s liking. With all of this taken into account, I don’t think it’s far-fetched to assume that Travi$ Scott is enjoying the commotion that he’s creating among his fan-base. After all, what does a rock-star love more than watching themselves incite a little chaos among the masses?