Bandcamp Crate Dig | March 2018
From R&B to Future Funk, these releases were no-brainers for me this past month.
Contort | Ainae Nielsen
From the US capitol, Ainae holds down a growing sound in today's R&B scene, mixing elements from dance music, soul, and R&B to make a whole new fusion. Contort explores new ideas among contemporary styles and we can hear Ainae purposely play with new tempos and odd vocal arrangements to fit each track and make them unique in their own way. The production throughout the project is super on point across the variety of producers and each beat adds a little challenge for Ainae to work with to make something great. I think my favourite track has got to be "Jolene" due to its funky beat and Ainae's great vocals throughout as well as some cool lyrics like "But I'm feelin' like an ocean breeze trying to take over my psyche" and "I'm crusin' down love street/beep beep beep". Overall a very fun track to go along with a well made album.
First Grade | Dates
I'm a sucker for Lo-Fi and as much as it sounds like this album is basic and all over the place at times, it really would be difficult to make an album like this sound good and be enjoyable, but these guys nailed it. From the soft instrumentals that leave you pondering your own memories to the upbeat getting out of bed and starting the day songs that leave you feeling motivated, this album has all of those aspects working in unison. You won't be able to listen to "Thanks, Destiny" without enjoying the shit out of it and being joyous that a song like this exists. The melodies and harmonies throughout First Grade are executed perfectly to fit along the lines of Lo-Fi and really shows the musical intelligence of the artists among Dates. This album will take you back and make you reminisce the classic artists of the indie rock era, namely Fleet Foxes and Modest Mouse.
I Like Your Shirt. Which One? Both. | Shade Shelter
Now these guys have accomplished a completely unique sound that I could only fit into some weird sub-genre of psychadelic mixed with a bit of funk due to the smattering of layers within each track, whether they are analog or digital Shade Shelter has created something great. This album is a journey. You will hear things you most likely haven't heard in music in a long while, if ever, Shade Shelter have delved deep into a strange state where anything can become music, and they have done it well. If you are looking for some straight up musical talent, look no further than "Solitary Confinement". This track has the benefits of having vocals, but that is such a small part of this grand song displaying talented guitar riffs and solos, as well as being extremely digestable and fun. The later half of the album is a bit more experimental and carefree and the last track is just a slowed version of the opener that creates a new vibe different from the first. I like your shirt. Which one? Both. is a wild ride from start to finish that is going to have a gift for you (that you didn't even know you wanted) around every corner.