Sunday Suggestion – Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney – Only One

Since this is the week of Kanye and all that… here is a look at a track from over a year ago that would have made The Life of Pablo sound quite different had he kept that direction. ‘Only One’ with Paul McCartney is a gentle and lapping track by Kanye’s standards and is an intimate and personal track that’s about family close to him from his Mother to his daughter. Such personal and intimate lyrics require music to compliment and respect it them and calling upon McCartney to help capture that was a wise move from Kanye. This is brought about by the soft, nudging organs and a more subtle auto-tune upon his vocal that is a little less ridiculous than it has been in the past. The chorus still gives way to a refined piece of joyousness with McCartney’s electronically charged backing vocal. It’s a close and emotional song, but one that builds up to more happier climbs too. Though his credibility as an out and out musician may always but questioned; Kanye West’s ability to produce a well made and layered track is becoming less questionable.

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – No More Parties in L.A feat. Kendrick Lamar

Another instalment from Kanye West’s long awaited release of SWISH features an equally anticipated collaboration between West and Kendrick Lamar; now the new standard for Rap and Hip Hop with To Pimp a Butterfly last year. The track plays off the more casual style of Lamar against the louder, shouting style of West. Musically it is more evocative of West’s earlier work and that of Lamar last year with the use of smooth Jazz and Soul. Lyrically it deals with West’s disillusionment of the celebrity lifestyle of Los Angeles and the attitudes of other Rap stars in general. These are set against his own biographical accounts of the very celebrity lifestyle he complains about. It is an interesting paradox and is a solid addition to what will be an interesting album to say the least.

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Kanye West – Real Friends

 

We now know that Kanye West will release his follow up from 2013’s YEEZUS with SWISH on February 11th. Last weekend he released another track in ‘Real Friends’ which features soft, muted synths and echoed beats. This brings the focus upon Kanye’s clear and isolated vocals and the lyrics they provide. It is a little more melodic and tuneful than other singles from the album, and offers up a change of pace from other tracks from the album such as ‘All Day’ and ‘Facts’. These tracks offer up no new collaborators to join Paul McCartney so far, but we’re certain more will be revealed in due course.

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Kanye West – Say You Will (Ft. Caroline Shaw)

Emerging from his recent anonymity to add further mystery is Kanye West with a rework of ‘Say You Will’ from 808s and Heartbreak. This is the first material published on his long-time dormant Soundcloud page and since this track is a cover of previously released material then this sheds little light on his upcoming SWISH album which we all remain in the dark on. Nevertheless, this reworked material will hopefully lead on to some evidence of his next album’s existence aside from the two McCartney collaborations we got at the start of the year. ‘Say You Will’ features West’s auto-tuned vocal and a hazy arrangement of electronica and sparse percussion samples. The washed out backing vocals add this atmospheric style and inject a slight haunting quality to the track, indeed it moves to a from a relaxing and unsettling listen. A nice rework however, but lets hope for some new material soon.

https://soundcloud.com/kanyewest/say-you-will

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995