Weekly Assembly (18.4.2019) - Kevin Abstract, MonoloQue, Jenny Lewis, Mark Ronson & more
Welcome to another edition of Weekly Assembly, where we compile a list of fairly recent, and some fresh new songs out the oven that we thought are worth checking out from all over the world. This week we’re featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Daiyan Trisha, Mark Ronson, Fi7i, Kevin Abstract, King Clavas & Pele L., Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Pitahati, Jenny Lewis, and MonoloQue.
Kreyol - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
GENRE: LATIN JAZZ RATING: 4 / 5 The New Orleans jazz old guards have broken out of their two year silence with a pleasant surprise- dropping their New Orleans roots and giving us a sound from their close neighbours. With funky percussions, interesting production on the instrumentations, and a tried and true latin groove hook, this track has shown that they’re more than capable when it comes to bringing in a breath of fresh air to their discography that’s saturated with big grand Americana Jazz. If I - Daiyan Trisha
GENRE: POP RATING: 3 / 5 The verses and melody is nice- alongside the vocal execution, it reminds me of YESEO from her Bud era, and the powerhouse high-range in the chorus is very impressive. Even though the instrumentation on this track has left quite a bit to be desired, Daiyan’s vocal performance is solid enough to carry the track through. It’s definitely a good showcase of Daiyan’s vocal capabilities. If you're a fan of powerhouse female vocalists, you should definitely check this track out Late Night Feelings - Mark Ronson feat. Lykke Li
GENRE: DISCO / DANCE / POP RATING: 3.8 / 5 The British Producer is back at it again releasing yet another track that sounds like it was on the Billboard Top 40s a couple decades ago. Mark’s saga of creating timeless songs continues on this one as he brings back the bell bottom, large collar era disco with a good dose of modern twist. With all the retro sounding synth pads and electronic piano passages lasting throughout the track, Lykke Li’s vocals taps between a modern sounding verse and a city pop-esque hook. Mark Ronson manages to keep everything fresh yet nostalgic. It’ll definitely bring a smile to your face as you tap your feet. LUB - GEMINICANCER - Fi7i (Remix)
GENRE: HOUSE RATING: 4 / 5 A chill and mellow take to a rather edgy release by LUB called GEMINICANCER, shows further promise to this up and coming electronic producer. Venturing out from his future funk roots, he applies a rather easygoing approach to the remix. Filled with nice atmospheric R&B chords, a wobbly synth to carry the drop, and a good old disco beat to carry it all, this song is brimming with summer and late night drive vibes. Georgia - Kevin Abstract
GENRE: HIP HOP RATING: 4 / 5 Kevin Abstract from the hip hop boy group BROCKHAMPTON brings an interesting addition to his already rich solo discography with ARIZONA baby. With nods to multiple stylistic landmarks from the previous decade, from the likes of Childish Gambino, Macklemore, early Black Eyed Peas, T-Pain- Kevin manages to pull together a rich full set of tracks to tease the upcoming album. Georgia is definitely a favourite, with lush instrumentations accompanied by tasty flows and singing, it’s a track take you back to the early 2000s. ORALE - King Clavas, Pele L.
GENRE: HIP HOP RATING: 3.5 / 5 King Clavas and Pele L. brings a fire banger to the table with their new song ORALE. With bread and butter trap beats, and a larger than life synth sound, this track is packed with energy and edge from front to back. King Clava’s verses in here are really solid, as he brings a fun yet edgy delivery, with a stable and speedy flow, and a healthy heaping of playful adlibs on his verse, which nicely contrasts Pele L. on the second verse. Pele L.’s verse here is paced slightly slower, but still very hard hitting. A tight, head bobbing triplet flow to close up the verse is definitely the right way to go. Bill’s Mandolin - Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
GENRE: PSYCHEDELIC ROCK RATING: 3.5 / 5 With a bassline reminiscent of Elephants by Tame Impala, the Crumpets bring forth yet another hard hitting, high energy banger. Even though their sounds have remained more or less the same since High Viceral Pt. 2, it kind of shows why they’ve decided to stick to it. With their signature groovy yet heavy riffs and amazing chord work, this song is packed with adrenaline pumping moments. Topped of with a anthem like vocal hook, this is definitely going to be a crowd favourite in live sets. Naraka (Lagu Tema Siri “Jibril”) - Pitahati
GENRE: ROCK RATING: 3 / 5 Choruses filled with a heapful of guitars and a old school synth sound- this song definitely brings us back to simpler times. From the heart wrenching chorus, to the sad romantic verses, this is definitely the unmistakable staple sound and style of old school slow rock of the 80s. They’ve done well to preserve the great things about that style of music, without any blown out exaggerations of sorts. My only gripe with this track is that the mix is pulling the track down. But other than that, it’s a nice song. I could definitely see this playing on local airwaves, fueling some emotional late nights. Wasted Youth - Jenny Lewis
GENRE: POP / BLUES RATING: 4 / 5 Jenny Lewis brings the vibes of Sunset Boulevard here to you. This cheerful and joyous Blues track from the lead singer of Rilo Kiley is overflowing with nostalgia without being cheesy at all, while integrating some more modern elements of Americana and blues, it’s a nice way to bring some well needed fresh air to a fairly old school genre. With a very hummable chorus, this song will latch on to you unknowingly and follow you around for the rest of the week without you even realising. Langgar Lari (Ke Seberang) - MonoloQue
GENRE: ROCK / PSYCHEDELIC RATING: 3.8 / 5 The whole instrumentation on the second half of this song is just amazing. As MonoloQue reels you in with this spacey opening, under the guise of a seemingly a standard rock song and a phased out instrumental section, he soon transports you to a completely different plane. As the heavily processed vocals and face melting guitar sounds ushers you in to this psychedelic adventure, you’ll tell yourself this was definitely worth it. And as the wispy and lonely piano closes out the track, you would have not realised six minutes has already past. Definitely a trip I’ll happily embark upon again.