Review: I See You

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The xx’s new album, I See You, manages to bring the minimal production that their known for and also ones that are more filled with more samples, synths and movement. The style of production from Jamie XX solo works it’s way  more into this album with the samples and rhythms. From first hear, especially of the first singles, You may think the album is going in a very new direction. Don’t be deceived. The production is more open and maybe give more uplifting feel compared to other album.
Yet somehow the lyrics and mood still seem to fit right in with what you would expect from The xx.

The opening track, Dangerous, starts off loud and upbeat with some blaring trumpets. It’s a tale of being of reckless, taking a chance with someone who is “dangerous” even if it ends in tears. It’s followed by Say Something Loving which is my favorite single released from the album. It’s sort of a sentimental love song.  It opens with a sample Of “Do You feel it” by Alessi singing “Before it slips away” before the chorus comes in “Say something loving…” For me, It captures that initial feeling of falling in love, the moment before the words “I love you” are said.

Another favorite track of mine is Lips. A seductive song which feels purely about desire. It also opens with beautiful orchestral sample that goes “Just your love, Just your shadow” which the chorus is built around, Romy & Oliver sing ” I just want it all…” The overall beat has a low key Caribbean feel to it due to the instrumentation.

A Violent Noise and Performance are two of the more emotional tracks downtempo tracks. A Violent Noise is mostly sung by Oliver and Peformance by Romy. A violent noise is possibly about trying to overcome something and struggling (In a interview, He has mentioned the track reflects his feeling of partying/drinking too much and dealing with growing older.) The distortion and loundness of the guitars/synths really help bring out the emotion of the track.  Performance just feels like a classic song from them. Romy sings “I’ll put on a performance. i’ll put on a show. It is a performance. I do it all so You won’t see me hurting, When my heart breaks…” The production is very minimal and it’s clearly about hiding your true feelings.

Replica’s lyrics ponders on whether they will become replicas of maybe their parents, maybe themselves, past selves… It takes on that theme of rather their doomed to make the same mistakes. It has a moving beat and melancholy feel. They sing “They all say I will become I become replica, Your mistakes were only chemical, Do I chase the night or does the night chase me?”
Brave For You is a positive track and tribute to Romy’s parents who are deceased. She sings “And when I’m scared, I imagine you’re there telling me to be brave”
On Hold is sort of nostalgic melancholy dance track reflecting on a love that’s slipped away. It samples “I can’t go for that” by Hall and Oates.
I Dare You is another one of my favorites. It feels similar to “Say Something Loving”, with an optimistic feeling towards to love. Oliver sings “I’m in love with it. Intoxicated
I’m in rapture From the inside I can feel that you want to…”

The final track is Test Me is a downtempo emotional track. They sing
“Just take it out me. It’s easier than saying what you mean. Test me, see if break” It seems to be reflection on bad communication and the challenges and test that come in relationships. According to interviews, It’s a reflection of a period when the band member had become distant and had some tension. It’s start over very minimal and crescendos into sort of electronic instrumental break before fading away.

Chemistry is rare in a two, three-time affair. There’s no guarantees

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How Am I feeling today?

I’m feeling like i just want it all.
In my head, in my veins
In the way you give and take
In the weight that you weigh
On my body, on my brain

Chemistry is rare in a two, three–time affair
There’s no guarantees

Song of The Day: Lips

“Just your love
Just your shadow
Just your voice
And my soul
Just your love
Just your shadow
Just your voice
And my soul
Just your lips

My name on your lips
Your air in my lungs
Drowned in oxygen
Now you’ve set the scene
High on intimacy
Drawing me above

Ooh, ooh
I don’t wanna know the way down

Just your love
I just want it all
Just your shadow
Just your voice
I just want it all
And my soul
In my head, in my veins
In the way you give and take
In the weight that you weigh
On my body, on my brain

Chemistry is rare in a two, three–time affair
There’s no guarantees
Working through the seasons, pressed up against the ceiling
Pushing down on me

Ooh, ooh
I don’t wanna know the way down
Ooh, ooh
I don’t wanna know the way down

Just your love
I just want it all
Just your shadow
Just your voice
I just want it all
And my soul
In my head, in my veins
In the way you give and take
In the weight that you weigh
On my body, on my brain”

Review: Majid Jordan 2016

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From the first track to the last,  Majid Jordan’s self titled debut album never loses it’s pulse. The album’s heart is filled with hope and optimism towards romance. Also by not losing the pulse, I also mean it never lose that driving beat. Majid Jordan’s album futher incorporates there influence form electronic music and the production rarely takes a seat making for some nice songs you can actually step to.

From the first two tracks, Learn From Each Other and Make it Work, the whole overcoming and growing together sets mood and theme. We move on to My Love where the usual tale of questioning whether your lover is in it for your Love or Fame is told. It’s a decent single track, but weak compared to to others that released.

One of my favorites is Small Talk for the simplicity and honesty of the lyrics. It’s like he’s confessing or wanting to, you know that small talk you have with your crush when you’re trying to confess your feelings. This song will give the feeling and motivation to make that talk.
“If you would take chance, than I’ll take it you. I have these thoughts I keep that I want to share with you.” It transition perfectly into Pacifico which then transition perfectly into Shake Shake Shake. Now both of these songs take a nod to electronic music and maybe even some 80s influence on them.

Love Is Always There and King City is just clear stand out R&B song. There two song that you can definitely slow dance too. It’s something any old fan of R&B can appreciate and sing along to. Catchy too. Warm, Something About You, and Every Step Every Way, keep the tempo up and so you can 2 step to it.

Throughout all the tracks, The things that stands out is the optimism towards love and workings things out. It’s also classy which is different (no drugs, bitches, grinding, or whatever) I guess that’s something you should expect from a group that first referred to themselves as “Good People.”  It’s something that’s gone missing in a lot of male pop/R&B acts and refreshing to hear. Compared to there to A Place Like This EP and work as Good People, the album’s production and lyrics are more concise and never feel to different or out place from each other. They didn’t experiment away from their electronic influenced R&B sound they already developed, but instead just fully fleshed out the sound. So if you were already fan, It won’t be a disappointment. Despite that lack experimentation, Majid Jordan still sound so unique and fresh.
I’ve bumped this album all last year and will continue to do so.