Months are flying by with lightning speed, August has arrived. Before we enjoy a new month full of opportunities and delight, let’s take a minute to reflect on the past month. July has been interesting for many reasons, music is one of the reasons. Announcements from various artists about new mixtapes, singles dropping in the anticipation for August album releases, an exciting month indeed. When it comes to music, I’ve discovered I tend to enjoy music with a message or a feel-good vibe. With this being said, it doesn’t limit my palette as I still enjoy all genres. It is said that the greatest poetry comes from conversations with ourselves, looking within and finding a deeper meaning, connecting on a spiritual level. Let’s continue to see what I connected with during the past month, here’s my July favourites playlist.
1. Wizkid – Sounds From The Other Side
Sounds From The Other Side had great expectation from the artist, however, many were left unsatisfied with bittersweet feelings. An artist praised (even put upon a pedestal) for carrying Afrobeats to greater heights, merely masked the genre with new makeup. All was not lost, especially as we’re currently at the height of festival season, the album was full of party hits – say, if you like Galala, make you dance. Besides South African singer Bucie being featured on All For Love and although the international features were impressive, where were the African collaborations? Perhaps that’s just my opinion, but I would have loved to see more from Wizkid. Two things that need acknowledgement are the work ethic that comes so effortlessly and exposure to a new wave of listeners to African sounds in general.
2. Dua Lipa – New Rules
Whilst catching up recent releases on YouTube New Rules was a suggestion on the sidebar, the thumbnail caught my attention so I followed the link. The video is visually appealing, combining choreographed moves, a girl power aesthetic and summer loving all in one package. The instrumental and catchy pre-chorus had this song on repeat for me. New Rules covers the resistance needed to stay away from an ex after a breakup. The concept of the song revolves around the self, advising (ourselves) from a neutral position as we would do with a friend. We need to treat ourselves with kindness as we can be our biggest critic.
3. Chip – Gets Like That feat. Ghetts
I’m constantly impressed when it comes to Chip, whether it’s a feature or his own song, there’s an energy that he brings which shines on the track. The instrumental, lyrics and feature for Gets Like That fuses well to create greatness. Lyric for lyric not many are on par with Chip, his ability to spin man around keeps improving, diamonds get made through the pressure that gets thrown in his direction. He’s currently gearing up for the release of his album this month. The sequel to 2007 EP League Of My Own. It’s the 10 year anniversary of the project that named him the Grime Scene Saviour. Who’s excited for August 11th, 2017 for League Of My Own 2?
4. Dot Rotten – The Truth Part 2
There’s war in the scene, Dot Rotten versus P Money has been highly anticipated, it took 8 years for the issue to be addressed. Both are bringing fire with each release but who’s telling the truth, it’s hard to tell. The comment section has the listeners switching lanes quicker than Tyga (2013). The scene needs Dot, however, the likes of Wiley, Skepta and JME are backing P Money, but why? At least tell the fans the truth, don’t lie to them, y’all aren’t apart of the drill generation, don’t mask the truth. Who’s side are you backing though?
Who were you listening to in July?
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,