James Blake's glowingly romantic new LP Assume Form is here, featuring a star-studded crew of collaborators, including Andre 3000, Rosalía, Oneohtrix Point Never, Metro Boomin + more. Some first impressions as you listen to the album:
As we woke up on Friday in a daze, hit by the gravity and bleak finality of one of the most unfathomably surreal and draining weeks of our collective lives, A Tribe Called Quest had just dropped 2016's most inspired and unlikely record...
"War Ready", the incendiary, James Blake-produced proper opening track from Vince Staples' new Prima Donna EP, with its brilliant use of that iconic vintage 3000 verse, is already probably our most-played track of 2016...
Erykah Badu reps 214 on her re-work of "Hotline Bling", with a co-writing credit going to arguably the coolest kid alive, 7 Benjamin (Erykah + Andre 3000's son), taking the crown for best version of the song away from off-that-lean Trump...
Normally I'd consider Andre 3000 untouchable as far as covers like this go, but I'm posting this for a couple of reasons: first, Tame Impala kind of holds their own with their spacey, straightforward/reverential take on the song, and also I'd forgotten that there was a video for the original, it's amazing, and it somehow has less than 2000 views despite being on the official Outkast channel:
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