This Weeks Music Video with Grimes feat. Janelle Monae, Kings of Leon, Chance The Rapper, M.I.A, Depeche Mode, Dirty Projectors, Goldfrapp and The Staves

This Weeks Music Video with Grimes X Hana, Radiohead, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Weezer, Regina Spektor, Death Cab For Cutie, Pixies and Amber Coffman 

This Weeks Music Video with Radiohead, Grimes, Tegan and Sara, Beth Orton and Ought

This Weeks Music Video with Grimes, Weezer, Major Lazer and FOALS

 

 

 

 

 

Musicandotherthingz.com Best Album of 2015

Here are the list of twelve nominees for Best Album

 

3. Grimes – Art Angels (12%)

Grimes offered up the most comprehensive Pop album of 2015 with Art Angles in November. Everything from Taiwanese Rap to sweeping String Orchestra’s got a mention and everything in between. It had periods of sweet Pop bliss entwined with dark and mysterious depths for the album has a beautiful complexity to it in the battle of supremacy between the light hearted music and conflicted lyrics. Again she “sounded a bit like everything you’ve ever heard whilst sounding like nothing you’ve ever heard.” That is the constantly shifting enigma that is Grimes.

 

2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (16%)

This album was one of the most important in 2015 for it had the most important message of a nation in conflict with it’s fellow citizens. In no way was this encapsulated better than with To Pimp A Butterfly. Beyond the vital lyrical content and the more engaging delivery was the array of music on show. From Jazz to Hip Hop, Funk to Rock, it was an album of varied nature that kept you on your toes. It was often the case that the album would take you by surprise with a sudden turn or with the seamless transitions from one sound to another. Is it any wonder that the Album has received six Grammy nominations and Kendrick a further five for external work? Add to that a MOBO award nomination and surely some more accolades to come for Kendrick.

 

  1. Tame Impala – Currents (42%)

 

With what is none other than an absolute landslide, Tame Impala have produced the best album of 2015 with Currents according to the voters for Musicandotherthingz.com. Down from the shift in Philosophy from the band to the reliably fulfilling production from Kevin Parker, it was an album that showcased Dance, Disco, R&B, Electronica, Funk, Space Rock and Pop amongst other things. Around this was Parker’s self analysing lyrics and the emotion behind each one. On top of this was the vocal development from Parker in expanding his vocal range and utilising it on certain tracks to smooth out the song. With ‘Past Life’ he merged his vocals into the music for a wondrous wave of sound. ‘The Less I Know The Better’ was Funk remade for 2015 and ‘Let it Happen’ was Electro/Dance fantasia. With just as many technical awards as well as headline awards, this demonstrates that Currents was an excellent all round package.

Grimes – Art Angles Review

Grimes is the musical guise of Vancouver’s Montreal based Claire Elise Boucher. The former neuroscience student has applied such an intelligent and methodical approach to her music with a free flowing and eccentric attitude and style that sets her music apart from others. It’s been over three years since her album Visions which was heralded as one of the most important albums of the 21st Century with it’s electronic thrills and spills, both dark and lighted hearted in places. With her scrapping an entire album last year which looked to switch to more trap drop orientated sounds, she altered her approach early this year with ‘Realiti’. It offered more shimmering electronica and soft melodies and it would seem this is the general she’s taken with this album; her fourth studio effort.

‘Flesh Without Blood’ has a genuine Rock Pop slant entwined with those prominent elements of intricate industrial electronica and this is lightly glossed over with an echoed production which is only enhanced with her lightly distorted vocals that glaze over the instrumentation. The track is cleverly produced and shifts and alters it’s focus almost constantly throughout the track whilst being catchy and melodic, but also remaining to have something more to it. A great and intricate single. ‘SCREAMS’ features Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes and Taiwanese lyrics delivered with speed. Around this are repeating guitar samples and a range of tumbling percussion mixed with drum samples. The song is tinged with heavier and rough edged guitars, heavier beats and echoed screeches which cleverly follow a muting of the music for maximum effect. A song that is as dynamic and as varied as Grimes herself. ‘Realiti’ has since been re-worked from it’s winter version. It contains a more prominent and oscillating beat and a multi-layered set of vocals of varying tones and clarity. Her primary vocals are more isolated and crisp and are delivered with a pop hook to carry the song on through it’s expansive nature.

The title track is a pure pop that is so sweet it will rot your teeth. Everything from the popping guitars and snapping beats and high pitched engineered melodies, but even in this setting Grimes is able to generate a sense of something more in the chorus with the sweeping vocal and travels through the instrumentation. A track that is difficult to get on terms with at first. ‘Venus Fly’ opens with the heightened warped synths akin to early Daft Punk, but then pulls itself away into heavy beats and echoed vocals from Janelle Monae with bounce around the tight confines of the track. The bridge sheds a little more light on to the track with smoother production before it goes off into pure dark electronica accented with a fiddle of all things. It is one of the best tracks on the album as it keeps you on your toes throughout and is unrelenting in it’s pent up energy. ‘Kill. V Maim’ is a track of unrestricted dance music with it’s pop beats and Grimes extravagant, shifting vocals which go on to be taken over by heavy beats and ridiculously distorted guitars and negatively pitch shifted vocals. It almost sounds like what Lady Gaga wished her music would sound like and it has no concept of boundaries. Tracks such as ‘California’ features a lightly distorted production and a steady, rotating riff with high pitched, yet smooth vocals and rapid handclap samples. These tracks feature often on the album and though superficial at first, she goes on to use it as a basic for odd combinations and fusions. The album is a glorious piece of pop and dance music which has never been so shifted and stretched to it’s limits before, but with Art Angles Grimes’ work is done.

Grimes – Art Angles = 8.5/10

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Grimes – SCREAM ft. Aristophanes

With Vancouver Pop experimentalist Grimes about to release her fourth studio album Art Angles with only a couples of weeks notice in which time she has been busy releasing some tracks from the album of which her new single ‘SCREAM’ is one. The track features Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes and Taiwanese lyrics delivered with speed. Around this are repeating guitar samples and a range of tumbling percussion mixed with drum samples. The song is tinged with heavier and rough edged guitars, heavier beats and echoed screeches which cleverly follow a muting of the music for maximum effect. A song that is as dynamic and as varied as Grimes herself.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Grimes – Flesh Without Blood

Canadian Experimental Pop artist Claire Elise Boucher a.k.a Grimes is to release her fourth studio album Art Angles next week Friday on November 6th and has released the opening single ‘Flesh Without Blood’ a few days ago. This track has a genuine Rock Pop slant entwined with those prominent elements of intricate industrial electronica and this is lightly glossed over an echoed production which is only enhanced with her lightly distorted vocals that glaze over the instrumentation. The track is cleverly produced and shifts and alters it’s focus almost constantly throughout the track whilst being catchy and melodic, but also remaining to have something more to it. Whether her first album since 2012 will see this continued we can find out in just over a week.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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