We Listened So You Didn’t Have To
While we’ve all been distracted by Halloween, the music community has continued to serve up some excellent early-November fare. A surprise 21 Savage/Offset collaboration album, a N.E.R.D. comeback, and a lengthy Chris Brown album in this week’s “We Listened So You Didn’t Have To.”
21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – “Still Serving”
Aptly titled, the new collaborative album from 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin “Without Warning” arrives only a week later than Young Thug and Future’s collaborative “SUPER SLIMEY.” As is to be expected from trap tapes, the quality is often patchy, yet “Still Serving” stands out as an immediate highlight. Metro’s beat is perfect for the Halloween season, and sees 21 in his comfort zone, serving up more of his laid-back flow, leaving Offset to bring much-needed variation to the back end of the track. It’s a promising new step for 21 Savage. “Without Warning” is available now.
Chris Brown – “Heartbreak on a Full Moon”
With 45 new Chris Brown songs on this album, Brown’s new album is 160 minutes long. I doubt anyone asked for this, and I doubt anyone will actually listen to the entire thing. Nonetheless, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” is out now.
Born Ruffians – “Love Too Soon”
Up north in Canada, Born Ruffians are releasing some of the best music of their career. “Love Too Soon,” their gorgeous new single, is simplistic in delivery, but perfectly paced. Centered around a far-too-catchy whistle motif, the indie rock slows things down for a sentimental guitar ballad. Listen to Born Ruffians new song “Love Too Soon” above.
N.E.R.D. – Lemon (feat. Rihanna)
N.E.R.D. is back, and this time they’ve brought Rihanna. While the beat gets a little repetitive and Pharrell’s contributions aren’t the most interesting of vocals, Rihanna sounds incredible – another excellent testament to her rapping ability. “Lemon” seems to suggest we might be getting a new N.E.R.D. project soon, a thrilling prospect! Listen to “Lemon” above.
Michl – “Out of Order”
California indie electropop artist Michl is back with a new single, the gorgeous “Out of Order.” Clearly drawing inspiration from the heavily processed vocals of Bon Iver and Francis and the Lights, “Out of Order” is richly textured with layered vocals and synth work. Deceptively complex in its arrangement, it’s an exhilarating new release from a promising young artist. Listen to “Out of Order” above.
Let us know what you think of these tracks down in the comments, and look out for next week’s list!