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Audio: Shy Glizzy – Sad To Say

Posted: December 13, 2012 in New Music, Videos
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Shy Glizzy is a provocative young figure. The DC rapper has made his rounds early in 2012 known for his beefs with Chief Keef and fellow DMV son Fat Trel (who seemingly have made up thanks to Wale’s peacemaking abilities), and his tirades have brought more ire among peers than support. All of that doesn’t phase Glizzy one bit as he now released his latest mixtape, Fxck Rap, and with it a stellar highlight in “Sad To Say”.

With his nasally delivery, Shy raps about the hardship of growing up in DC and how his career almost came to an end due to a stabbing. Over a simple melody of keys, Glizzy channels Carter I-era Wayne with this retrospective. The mixtape includes features from Wale and Trinidad James, which is available here.

With a week that was filled with tricking and treating (in more ways than one), I took the time to listen to a number of recent projects to catch-up on 2012 music. This post will feature some of the best tracks I’ve heard this week from artists spanning in various genres. There’s a chance that you would end up playing these back on a daily basis.

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The Trash Bag Gang representative and former Cash Money soldier Starlito drops another mixtape as part of The Love And War series. Along with original production, he goes and rips on beats from Big K.R.I.T., Mike Will Made It, and Hit-Boy.

 

Artist: Purity Ring

Album: Shrines

Release Date: July 24, 2012

Label: 4AD

If you managed to follow the evolving sound of Chillwave and its predecessors, it has become the internet darling of the music blogosphere. The genre in itself can be tricky as it gathers sounds ethereal melodies of R&B, the twisted charm and slight abrasiveness of Dubstep, and the hypnotic beauty of Trip Hop. From Tori Y Moi to Grimes, there’s a fixture that expands beyond the experimentation, creating music that can be weird yet highly accessible. With the Canadian duo Purity Ring, they tack themselves onto the ever-growing list of downtempo acts that come onto the scene and make mind-blowing tunes with Shrines.

From the opening “Crawlersout”, vocalist Megan James delivers in quite possibly the strongest track singing-wise. Instrumentalist Corin Roddick provides a cheery synth drop that quietly morphs into a screwed, slowed-down background as James sucks you in with a tremendous, spacey hook. It becomes much of the theme for this album: alluring, murky, beats that could rival that of Clams Casino, and the enigmatic, fragile innocence displayed in the singing. It’s almost overbearing in a good way, as the two shine throughout.

Within the dark undercurrent, Purity Ring makes no mistake in meshing the witch house influence perfectly.  The stunning duet “Grandloves” can be as easily addictive within the first 30 seconds of listening, as the dark, upbeat “Belispeak” has James exposing the delicate nature of her songwriting. It can come off easily as cheesy teen angst, but it works here as it feels organic. (Grandma, I’ve been unruly in my dreams and with my speech/ Drill little holes into my eyelids, that I might see you/that I might see you when I sleep. The album caps off with the short, minimalistic “Shuck”, an eerie love song that sounds anything but charming, but the glowing build from Roddick’s trippy drums and keys will keep the listener in a trance.

Shrines is an excellent debut in locating and showcasing Purity Ring’s strengths in the adapting chillwave age. It’s engrossing with each spin, finding layers that may not have been heard the first or second time around. The songwriting can take time to expand the more the duo work together, but for now it is worth enjoying something as exciting and tons of fun with each click of the play button.

Rating: 8.5/10

Highlights:

  • “Crawlersout”
  • “Fileshrine”
  • “Grandloves”
  • “Belispeak”
  • “Obedear”

The Canadian MC creeps out from the dark to bring some new music to hold us over before his next LP. I still get chills bumping The Old Prince and this piece is well worth a listen. The EP is currently available for free purchase on Shad’s Bandcamp.

Hudson Mohawke and Lunice pair up to form TNGHT and this is one of their first offerings to from their EP, which drops next week. I didn’t know what to expect going into this, but man this is pretty ill. The Electro, Futuristic Hip-Hop sound was pleasing to my ears, with snapping hi-hats and a super bounce at the start. The EP is up for pre-order now via Bleep.

Some New Music to enjoy.

Internet memes should have a field day with this. The Alchemist displays the trippy and NSFW visuals directed by Jason Goldwatch along with Danny Brown and Schooboy Q. This is one of my favorite cuts off of ALC’s album Russian Roulette, which is available now.