A few weeks ago, Mura Masa released a nice likkle dance tune for the remainder of the summer featuring my new favourite rapper: Octavian.
Directed by Dexter Navy, ASAP Rocky's latest music video is a cinematic work of art featuring an expert usage of match cuts throughout. "Praise The Lord" shows the parallels between New York City and London as Rocky and Skepta take turns counting their blessings. Fittingly, Navy uses the match cut technique to compare and contrast the similarities between the two cities.
"Raise your head high, the World Cup is upon us / Camden-based artist Bakar knows just what we wanted / Do you call it soccer? Do you call it football? / All I know is that Germany's out and it's just get started / Belgium, Belgium, Belgium / Look out for the British / France is pretty young but they're not playing Quidditch / Russia's kinda far away / Perhaps even a Million / Maybe hit the Siii-ling / Ronaldo's probably reeling / This tune is a killer / BK is a villain!"
^^*Sing to the tune of "Million Miles" by Bakar*^^
More of a dance track than anything else, "Hands" is a song by London-based rapper Octavian that quite obviously has him singing and not rapping. Compared to his last two releases ("100 Degrees" and "Party Here"), it's a complete change in what you might've expected from the up-and-comer but not in his sound aesthetic. The emotion-evoking distortions are reminiscent of James Blake—or perhaps, more accurately, Mount Kimbie—combining gospel, soul, and electronic elements bubbling into a shuffling, bass-heavy, and dynamic production.
Did you ever see Elon Musk talk about the possibility that reality as we know it might be a simulation? Well, this is sorta-kinda-not like the musical equivalent of that theory, but luckily for us, Odie articulates it much better. "Little Lies" — as the artist puts it — is actually about a girl and a relationship, but it also explores the meaning of life: "What if all my sins never met a God? If there really is no reason to anything and there really is no purpose for anything in life then the only purpose for me to live really is for me to have a purpose to live. And the only purpose that I can find for me to live is to just do things." Listen above and muse about it if you have some time.