Hey, summer, looks like you are about to leave, so I just wanted to say it’s been nice having you. You’ve given me a lot of new music, and we got to celebrate 50 years of hip-hop. Thanks for everything, see you next year!
The latest (two!) albums from the jazz producer extraordinaire and Kendrick Lamar collaborator are so well done, I can’t stop playing them.
Jungle’s last album was one of my favorites from 2021, and this one is likely to end up on top in 2023. Energetic, funky, and fun.
Open Mike Eagle fits in that space vacated by MF Doom on my hip-hop food pyramid. He’s weird and abstract with his rhymes but it comes together in remarkable ways, like waking-up-with fragments-of-these-songs-in-my-head ways.
Other albums that found their way to me (and stayed) this month:
- Arnold Dreyblatt – Resolve (crazy driving instrumental guitar)
- Pharoah Sanders – Karma (32 minute classic track The Creator Has A Master Plan)
- David Murray – Plumb (great jazz album, a collaborative project with Questlove, Ray Angry)
- The Bear 2 Soundtrack (epic show and epic soundtrack! Thanks to whoever put this together)