Thomas’s Weekly Music Picks: Dec 1

by Thomas Hochman

It’s holiday season, and Pentatonix covers of Christmas carols are inevitably poisoning my Apple Music recommended list. Nevertheless, here are my weekly music picks sans Isabele.

Note: If a song has an (E) next to the title track-this song has been marked as explicit.

My favorite recent releases:

Aries (feat. Deadcuts) – Flatbush Zombies (E)

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The Brooklyn hip-hop trio returns with their first release since their debut album hit the shelves in March, dropping a track more socially conscious than anything I’ve seen from them to date. A hectic instrumental lays the groundwork for a song on segregation and oppression, a seemingly fitting theme in post-election America.

Young Death – Burial

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Formerly anonymous British recording artist Burial releases Young Death/Nightmarket, his first new music since 2014. The sound on Young Death doesn’t stray much from his first, self-titled release back in 2006 — it’s atmospheric, liminal, and leaves the listener wondering what landscape is really getting painted during its long interludes and pauses. Less of a sonic odyssey than his 10 minute-long releases of the early 2010’s, the shorter style is even more immersive while remaining reminiscent of Burial’s early days.

Redbone – Childish Gambino (E)

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The second Childish Gambino song to appear on my weekly picks in a row is Redbone, a song that diverges sonically from Me and Your Mama (his first release of the two), but not thematically. Again delving wholeheartedly into love, lust, and everything soul, Childish Gambino slows it down into an ambient slow jam, infusing Redbone with piano riffs and trance-like vocals, starkly contrasting the intense drums and guitar of Me and Your Mama. By the time this article is posted, Childish Gambino’s new full-length album, “Awaken, My Love!” will have dropped.

Other tracks to check out:

Holy Hell – Father John Misty

The Space Program – A Tribe Called Quest (E)

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