12 Nov 2017

5 Albums To Get You Through Autumn


Wassuuuuuuuuuup, it feels like I'm getting back into this blogging business (2 posts this week?!) and it feels right to chime in with a new post about music after the last few days I've had! I spent two days in Manchester to see Run The Jewels & Danny Brown and it's a city leathered in musical significance. The show was incredible and I also made the pilgrimage to the Mecca for any fans of The Smiths: Salford Lad's Club. Head to my Instagram to see photos from Manchester.

After being indulged in musical perfection for a few days, it's back to Cardiff where it's dark at 5pm and nights are cold. So what better to pick me up than some good bloody music? Here's 5 of my favourite picks to get us through this treacherous time we call Autumn/Winter:

Nostalgia, Ultra - Frank Ocean

Man, the first time I ever heard this mixtape it fully blew my mind. It was Frank's introduction to the world and it still gets played regularly in the gaff in 2017. The lead single Novocane blew up all over the internet and pushed Frank into stardom which ultimately led him to working on Watch The Throne as well as releasing two classic albums; Channel Orange and Blonde. It's believed that the music you listen to from 18-24 is the formative years for your musical palette and I can fully see this mixtape being on my iTunes for the rest of time. My standout track is: Nature Feels.

The Ooz - King Krule

I have to throw some new music into this before I just reminisce about all the good shit in my iTunes library. King Krule is someone I started listening to when his 6 Feet Beneath The Moon album came out in 2013 and I was instantly drawn to how weird his music was. The style of music is not something I was particularly fond of previously but the first time I heard Out Getting Ribs felt like being shot in the mouth with a marshmallow gun. It was amazing. As I delved further into the album, I fell for the weird crossover of punk jazz/dark wave/hip hop and have been a fan ever since. Fast forward to The Ooz and he's knocked it out of the park again. It's a bit dreary but it works. Perfect for Autumn time! My standout track is: Slush Puppy.

Malibu - Anderson. Paak

Oh great....another music post, another mention of Anderson. Paak. If you've read any of my previous music posts then I'm sure you'll already know how I talk about Paak as if he's the best thing since those videos of people showing magic to monkeys, and I fully believe it. I was late onto this album but it's stood the test of time with me. The blend of soul and hip hop, the art of storytelling and my god the features! The Game, T.I & Schoolboy Q all appear but more impressively the roster of producers include 9th Wonder, Kaytranada and Madlib. I can't remember off the top of my head which top albums came out in 2016 but this is top 3 standard. If you need that pick up with Autumn looming over you, give this a spin. My standout track is: Put Me Thru (that's changed so many times)

xx - The xx

It's an easy album to lump in to this list because it's a certified classic. Remember that two year period when every fucking documentary on BBC3 would use Intro? After hearing it on every bastard programme, I still didn't get bored of it. It also turns out pretty much every rap song over Intro bangs (proof). Aside from Intro the album is laced with amazing tracks that can be played pretty much anytime, anywhere. Infinity gives you them moody feels whereas VCR makes you feel like you're 6 years old again without a care in the world. My standout track is: Heart Skipped A Beat.


To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

I had to include Kendrick, didn't I? This isn't my favourite Kendrick album but if you want to really get stuck into an hour or so of music, this album is for you. Following on from Good Kid M.A.A.D City, nobody expected this from Kendrick. A fearless album with jazz influence, aggressively unapologetic songs about American Apartheid and a civil rights anthem, Kendrick touched all bases on this one. Going from The Blacker The Berry into You Ain't Gotta Lie shows how much of a breeze it is for Kendrick to switch up his flows and style. My standout track is: Hood Politics.

There it is folks! Let me know if there's any albums I should be listening to! 

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