After Madlib, this is the hip hop album of the year - and number three is not even close! Ben Seretan - Cicada Waves. Patricia Brennan - Maquishti. Mndsgn - Rare Pleasure Sometimes an artist has to go backwards to move forward. Or something like that. Whatever the lesson, this third album from the composer, singer, and producer Ringgo Ancheta delivers on all the promise in his first's Yawn Zen in ways I couldn't even imagine, especially after Body Wash, the disappointing follow up from Richly immersive from the opening seconds, Mndsgn constructs something like the Muzak from a divine elevator, jazzy, woozy, and soulful sounds that seem to beg you to find a hammock immediately and just sway along.
Searchin I (4 That Familiar Feelin) - mndsgn - Body Wash (Cassette wonderful, Yawn Zen, was just the bare bones of his heavenly vision. Inviting brilliant collaborators like arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson to help realize those ideas is just one reason Rare Pleasure succeeds on all levels - and Album) up to its title perfectly. Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince. Post a Comment.
The year's halfway point is a good opportunity to take stock of the music that has been animating my year, some of which I haven't had a chance to write about yet. As always, what constitutes the "best" is simply what has demanded repeat listening because of the way it connects to my heart, soul, brain, and body, not necessarily due to a higher level of "excellence" than the other music I've written about. Here goes nothin'! Posted by Jeremy Shatan at AM. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home.
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