@@@ Tyga: Dip (featuring Nicki Minaj) (Empire, 2018) A hip hop single at the #1 slot on Apple hot tracks. It’s pretty pornographic, it’s very pornographic. I really like the violin sample they’re using with that fat booty bass. Minaj is the perfect person for a female guest MC — she’s mad raw and rough. It’s funky and NSFW.
@@@ Cardi B: Money (Atlantic, 2018) Speaking of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. grade A New York City beef this tracks is #2 on the Apple hot tracks which is in no way a chart as far as I know. The Apple Music blurb says this is a track about the trappings of capitalism but to me it’s a celebration of money and checks! The arrangement here is much more interesting than the lyrics which are both Trumpian and cliche. Excellent basslines here and the piano part is interestingly percussive. The high voice chanting ‘money’ cuts through the mix. Cardi B.’s microphone work is solid though sometimes it sounds off to my ear. People love this loot based rhyming but I hate it.
@@@ SHAED: Trampoline (Photo Finish Records, 2018) We’ll listen more off the Apple Music hot tracks section. First off, SHAED is a bad name — it’s just too close to shit. This is mainstream electro pop with adult alternative touches. The production here is beyond polished — they’ve shaved every hair off this vagina, metaphorically speaking. Lots of headphone candy to groove on and as usual somebody could have spent more time on the lyrics. She had a dream of being on a trampoline and she has a lot of dreams of dying. That line keeps reappearing and I don’t honestly understand what this song is about. If you groove on tightly polished sounds and can deal with word salad lyrics you will be rewarded here. F’real.
@@@ Mumford and Sons: If I Say (Universal Music Group, 2018) A pre-release single from the earnest Irish pub strummers. And boy are they going for the full cheese plate on this track. String swells, super cliche and overwrought lyrics, pop glitch condiment, and lots of big drum tom rolls. The singer means it, oh wait, gigantic drum fill and full on well almost a giant guitar shred. I had to take a pause there because it was super meaningful. You know if he says he loves you he loves you, goddammit! And equally seriously, if I say it’s cheesy it’s fucking cheesy.
YTD recordings listened to: 614
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 329
Not good music: 249
Honorable Mentions: 7
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