Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
For the friends of: Noname, Tkay Maidza and Greentea Peng
Genre: hip hop, modern R&B
Country: UK / Nigeria
Favorite track(s): 'Introvert', 'Two Worlds Apart' and 'Rollin Stone'
Random words: musical
Wow, this is pretty massive with both the length of the album and track arrangements. The over 1 hour long album contains many different styles of music and ways to make combine different musical elements. Compared to 'Little Simz's last record 'GREY Area' the new album is pretty different. Musically I would say that 'GREY Area' would be more introvert being darker and at times even slightly distressing. 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert' feels much more open with mostly laid back beats and very organic soundscape.
'Little Simz' is using massive orchestral arrangements through out the album. Otherwise they work pretty much perfectly, but all the interludes have weird vibe sounding like a fantasy musical being a bit out of line from the rest of the album. All in all, 'Little Simz' has always had amazing talent combining incredible British flow and really interesting and versatile beats. If not counting the interludes in, this is one of the best hiphop albums this year.
Priya Ragu - damnshestamil mixtape
For the friends of: 'Noname', 'Tkay Maidza' and 'Greentea Peng'
Genre: R&B, neo soul
Country: Switzerland / Sri Lanka
Favorite track(s): 'Good Love 2.0', 'Lighthouse', 'Chicken Lemon Rice'
Random words: coalition
'Priya Ragu' combines nicely modern neo soul sound to South Asian melodies and percussions. That is not the only nice thing on the mixtape. She has also really brilliant voice and the flow and rhythm of the vocals feel very natural. She can change from singing to rapping in a blink of an eye and vice versa. But the main ingredient definitely is all the South Asian flavors she has spread around the mixtape.
Those parts really hit hard and make you bounce! It is cleverly put here and there so it really has certain power. If the mixtape would be full of it, the listener could loose the interest. Now the balance is just perfect. I am really looking forward what she will bring with the next release!
Joy Crookes - Skin
For the friends of: Amy Winehouse, Arlo Parks, Emeli Sandé
Genre: soul, R&B
Favorite track(s): 'I Don't Mind', '19th Floor' and 'Feet Don't Fail Me Now'
Random words: old soul with a fresh mind
Her voice. I really love her voice. The smokiness and softness combined to the nice rhythms of her vocals makes pretty much a perfect match. It's not only her voice but also the nice soulful arrangements with some jazz and pop vibes that creates a good atmosphere. There is a well made balance between slightly more melancholic and then again more upbeat and positive tracks. Most of the tracks are clearly individuals but they still fit well as a full package. The chorus of 'Wild Jasmine' is slightly annoying but otherwise there is no need skipping any of the tracks, instead giving repeats to many of them!