By: J Chen
What’s up internets. If you read this site, congratulations, you have great taste. You, unlike all the mouth breathing non-readers of hommeschooled on the web, already know that style is not just about your wares and gear. Style is inside out. Style is a state of mind. Style is zen and nothing gets your mind right like a good record.
This is Record Burn, where we select and share gems of the musical variety that we can’t take off repeat. We’re a diverse group here, so we’ll feature demos, tracks, mixtapes, albums, etc. from anywhere– obscure 70’s italian disco groups to Young Thug. They all come certified fresh from staff here, so act like you know. Without further ado, let’s get it:
Personally, I’ve always thought of Big Sean as a comedic rapper rather than a serious one (ass-quake/ass-state/ass-tray?) but his new album is actually pretty decent. This particular song’s title and featured guests would prompt you to write it off as a mid-album-snoozer-that-everyone-skips type of song. But Sean does his thing here, Chris and Ty do the hook and add harmonic touches which bring this ‘for the ladies’-type jam together. I’ve also realized that you can flip almost any R&B groupsample and I’ll love it.
In the newest incarnation of Mayer Hawthorne, he partners with Jake One to take on a genre I describe as roller-boogie 80’s funk (it’s a mouthful, I know). If you’re familiar with these guys as DJ’s, producers and tastemakers, you’ve been waiting for this project ever since they dropped Henny and Gingerale and the new album doesn’t disappoint. They take the boogie formula and update it like only Mayer can, in his signature falsetto backed by funky vintage analog synthesizers and bouncy drums. The grooves are undeniable, and on highlights like ‘The Right Time’, you can’t help but bop or two-step wherever you are.
Although it’s way past Dilla day, I have to mention this mixtape. Whether you’re unfamiliar with James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla or one of those dudes with the “Dilla Changed My Life” t-shirt, this mix is definitive, capturing his range and depth as a producer and artist before his untimely passing. As with everything J-Rocc puts together, the selections are unique and the mixing is flawless.