Effortlessly cool in everything he's involved with, A2 is like the Mahershala Ali of rap. His musical output might best be described as it "comes to him naturally" because he really is just smooth like that. Purple is his umpteenth EP providing listeners with a small vignette of what the Croydon rapper is capable of. It follows in the footsteps of last year's Blue wherein A2 introduced himself at length and his production and songwriting skills were showcased in full. Purple gives another good look at the uptempo and mellow stylings of one of south London's best. Stream it below:
It's been two years since Joey Purp released his debut project, iiiDrops, and since then he's been relatively quiet. So much so, that if you're curious enough, you can look back on his Soundcloud and essentially see the timeline of his releases since then. Nevertheless, quiet doesn't mean gone; Purp has still been steadily working, releasing "Bag Talk" and "Elastic" in preparation for his latest effort, Quarterthing, which is finally here. If you're unfamiliar with the Chicago native, expect full-bodied production with triumphant, catchy, and poignant raps to match. Clocking in at 14 tracks, features include The RZA, The GZA, Ol' Dirty Bast--, err, Ravyn Levae, CDOT Honcho, and Queen Key. Stream it here:
Paradise Motel is an indie-rock band consisting of Nigerian-born singer Wekafore Jibril and Bilbao-based producer Ruben G. Mateos. So far, they've released an EP called Egosex back in 2017; while they have a new EP called Superblue seemingly slated for 2018. "Indestructible" is a new song from that upcoming project which has Jibril singing about enduring a scornful lover and their harsh break-up.
Conceptually, Col3trane's new joint video is a hallucinogenic trip linking his latest singles "Fear & Loathing" and "Britney" together. The video begins with Col3trane entering a car with the Man With Flowers walking away; the scene then cuts away to a desert and the two come across each other in an endless psychedelic loop. Director Oscar Hudson describes the video as "a BIG stop motion contrazoom in the Kazakh desert ... [with] 30 people who let us bury them in the sand." So from what I can tell, filming this would have been a huge headache to set up, and after watching it half-a-dozen times, the visuals are still as mesmerizing as they are meticulous. Col3trane's next project entitled, BOOT (Breathing Out Of Time), comes out soon. Stay tuned.
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.