I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up this cd off of our rack of music that has been sent to us, but I was pleasantly surprised by charmingly simple songs and a nice twee feel. My favorite track was Hollywood Heart.
A few weeks ago at WRUC we ran into a copy of Invitation. It’s the freshman shot by TIEN, and artist from LA, funded on Kickstarter.
TIEN brings a mix of funk, soul, and r&b to a record that feels like a genuinely viable popular success. The hooks groove like hell, the lyrics are poppy, and track 5 (“Invitation”) has a couple killer lines on the electric organ.
Also check out track 3: “Peaceful, Patient”
Hellfyre Club, the label/rap collective based in Los Angeles, California, has been churning out boundary challenging hip-hop projects the past few years by artists like Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle. Hellfyre’s newly recruited member, milo, has a very distinct sound with his spoken word like delivery, atmospheric instrumentals, and abstract lyricism. This is his first official release and it does not disappoint. milo’s lyricism is on point as ever, making many clever pop culture and philosophical references. The production is spacey and lets milo’s lyricism take full effect and the features on the album are also satisfying. I would recommend this album to any rap fan, it’s fantastic.
The electronic duo has only been in the scene for 2 years now but has just dropped what I have to consider the best electronic album of 2014. If you’re into chill/funky electronic it’s definitely worth the listen.
The whole album or vinyl can be purchased at: http://store.odesza.com/