Fresh Cuts is an ongoing column in which I highlight the choicest records around. With the music industry pumping out hundreds of releases a month, the modern listener must be discerning in terms of what they check out. That’s where Fresh Cuts comes in… Always tasty, sometimes surprising and definitely worth your time…
This week on Fresh Cuts, I check out The Big Pink's sophomore recording, and Odd Future's latest incarnation: Sid Tha Kid and Matt Martians' The Internet.
The Big Pink's debut recording, A Brief History of Love, was one of the biggest surprises of 2009. The album was sonically flawless - a collection of dance floor-ready singles that combined '80s electronica with neo-soul. Standout single “Dominoes” took The Big Pink to a global level – and Nicki Minaj’s sampling of the song further added to the London duo’s ubiquity.
While it has taken them nearly three years to come up with a second album, The Big Pink are back, and better than ever. Future This is an inspired recording: full of the duo’s signature hazy soundscapes, but with an added lyrical depth that far surpasses their debut. The bombastic “Hit The Ground (Superman)” is as catchy as “Dominoes” and instrumentally more complex. The album is full of anthemic tracks that demand to be blasted in a nightclub. Future This is jam-packed with pop gems; there is not a moment on the album that won’t have you dancing along – addictive doesn’t even begin to describe it.
The Internet is Sid Tha Kid and Marvin Martians’ (both part of the OFWGKTA collective) foray into post-R&B. I say ‘post-R&B’ because of the duo’s futuristic and wholly electronic sound. Sid calls the music “Stevie Wonder on acid,” which is a fair description. However The Internet’s sound is actually very difficult to describe - they combine the hazy, washed out sound of new-wave, with unique Motown stylings. In the wake of The Weeknd’s phenomena success as the new school of R&B production, The Internet follow suit: with explicit lyrical content and strangely haunting rhythms, the duo’s sound is unlike much that we’ve heard recently. But exploring new musical territories is something that should be commended. So despite some questionable tracks (see: “She Don't Give a Fuck and Cunt”) and disturbing videos (see: “Cocaine”), The Internet provide a breath of fresh air to the stale and stagnating monster that popular R&B has become.
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