Sunday 12 December 2010

Currently listening to Janelle Monae, John Legend and Roots, and Kanye West

Here's a selection of some of the albums I've recently been listening to. First up is Janelle Monae.

I was listening to Giles Peterson's Radio 1 show a few months back when I first heard about her.

Her debut album out at the moment is called Archandroid. It's hard to describe the album or Monae's style. I would say if you liked Gnarls Barkley and Cee Lo's recent stuff you'll probably like Janelle Monae.

Archandroid is one of those albums that's difficult to pigeon hole, it's got a bit of everything, soul, funk, folk, electronica, it's just hard to categorise. Still a great debut album though.

John Legend and the Roots - Wake up!

I love the Roots, they're one of my favourite bands. I bought their latest album, How I got over earlier this year.

When I heard they'd recorded another album with the RnB singer John Legend I knew it would be something I'd be interested in hearing.

They've released the album Wake Up in which they cover a number of protest songs from the 60s and 70s. The idea for the album emerged during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

The album tries to recapture the political and social messages that many Soul artists were tackling during that period.

If you like that classic soul sound from that era, with a social message then this album is for you.

I've uploaded the title track for your listening pleasure.

Kanye West - Power

Ever since Kanye transformed himself from hip hop producer to a hip hop superstar I've loved everything he's done, so I was always going to pick up his 5th studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What I've always loved about Kanye is that he always seems to have something new to offer with each album.

Every album keeps in touch with hip hop's roots, but he's always pushing the genre forwards. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continues along that path.

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