Another week, another 4 songs that'll drill their way into your brain through your ear canals. Welcome to On Repeat.
Anderson Paak - Come Down
Anderson Paak (Brandon Paak Anderson - Clever) is a Californian hip-hop, funk, rapper who has started over the last couple years to gain some traction in the southern California music scene. Today his music can be heard on the radio, and even in the newest rendition of Madden NFL, but Paak came from fairly humble beginnings. He started as a teenager producing music in his bedroom, and performing as a drummer for his local church. In 2011 he was abruptly fired from his job as a Marijuana trimmer. This left him, his wife and child homeless. Despite what was surely a difficult time in his life he kept pursuing his music and slowly gained traction in the Los Angeles area, and he eventually caught the attention of Dr. Dre who put Paak on his album Compton. I think he's on something like six or seven tracks. Now Paak has seemingly 'made it' - his most recent album Malibu has received critical praise. I'm not that big of a fan of all his work, but holy shit is this track great or what.
Run the Jewels - Nobody Speak
Yeah, okay so this is a track off of DJ Shadow's new album The Mountain Will Fall, but I really wanted to just talk about Run the Jewels. From what I've heard of Shadow's album it's great (this song included), but.. c'mon. Run The Jewels, guys. They're fucking phenomenal. RTJ is composed of two people - El-P (New York City Rapper/producer) and Killer Mike (Atlanta Rapper). The two met through a friend at Cartoon Network. This doesn't really have anything to much, but I thought that was neat. The two formed Run the Jewels in 2013 and released their debut album that same year. It was met well critically, and they released their second album RTJ2 the next year. RTJ2 received even higher praise and was album of the year for many music outlets. Since then they have been touring and recording for RTJ3. These guys are seriously so so good. Kendrick has the West Coast, but Run the Jewels has the East.
Damien Jurado - QACHINA
Aside from his career as a Jeff Garlin stunt double (when have I ever lied to you?), Damien Jurado is an indie rock, americana singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington. He's been making music since 1997 in mostly the same style. I don't have a whole lot to say about this guy. He's good. The rest of the album Visions of Us on the Land is relatively the same sounding as this track. That being said, it's still a well written album that is very touching. Check him out.
Bobby Womack - Please Forgive My Heart
This is an older song from Bobby Womack's 2012 album The Bravest Man in the Universe. It was also his last album - Womack passed away in his home almost exactly 2 years later. I did not know this until recently. I feel like I was robbed. I feel awful that we lost such a talent, and I didn't even know. This song kicks me right in the feels everytime I hear it, and more so now that I know he is gone. Womack worked with just about everyone of note in the industry. His writing, solo, and collaborative works include the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, The Roots, Mos Def, Gorillaz - the list goes on. This album took Womack's traditional soul-blues sound, and, with the help of producers Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), and Richard Russell (founder of XL Recordings), put a fresh experimental spin on it with more modern synth sounds and beats. This whole album is absolutely brilliant, and deserves your attention, but at least listen to this song. Rest in peace, Mr. Womack.
Thank you for listening/reading/putting up with another week of On Repeat. Leave a comment below if you liked/hated/whatevered these songs! I'd love to tell you how wrong or right you are :)