Angels and Devils plays like a face-of-god acid trip gone bad, or a near death experience in an underground dance dungeon in the midst of the crumbling of Babylon. Informed by the bass-heavy soundsystem aesthetic of the UK underground music culture he’s kind of affiliated with, Bug creates intentional sonic assaults, tracks that almost create a feel of sensory overload. Definitely not for everyone considering its sonic brutality, but there is a seriously powerful sense of darkly cinematic mood throughout. Also lots of great guest vocalists.
Favorite Tracks: Ascension (3), Mi Lost ft. Miss Red (4), Funcion ft. Manga (8), Dirty ft. Flowdan (12)
Hippie Sabotage is a producer duo that makes dreamy dance beats, taking rhythmic & drum sampling conventions of trap music and smearing them with melodic synths, hazy atmospheres, and pitched vocals. Most of these tunes sound sun-drenched & purp’d up, with hints of an EDM aesthetic.
Favorite Tracks: Sunny (1), Ridin Solo-Njomza Remix (3) , Talking Walls (7), Short Days and Long Nights (14)
There is much to fall in love with on Mean Love. It might be the funky, infectious brass lines of “New Name” or the reggae-soul of “Young Trouble” or the Sudanese Pop melody of “Omdurman.” West African slow-burners, steel guitar arrangements and country-soul, a Noir Blaxploitation vibe, and a sweet falsetto voice reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield, esp. in album standout “Hold Tight.”
Sinkane integrates a staggeringly broad palate of musical influences into an eclectic collection of funky, catchy, super-colorful tunes.
Favorite Tracks: How We Be (1), Young Trouble (4), Moonstruck (5), Hold Tight (7)