New Music Friday (on a Monday)
Typically on Friday when putting together my New Music Playlist, I go through a bunch of music that’s come out within the past week and pick 10 songs that stand out to me. However, the music Gods blessed us with 3 new albums this past Friday that are very important and deserve recognition of their own. So this week I’m picking my top 3 favorite songs from each of these albums- it’s been a fun weekend going through and making these selections.
The first of these three albums is Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” Of the three, this is the one I have been most highly anticipating. Gambino, in my opinion, is one of the most creative artists of today, and this album is truly a testament to that. So many experimental influences contribute to the essence of this album as a whole. There’s funk, blues, r&b sounds throughout the entire record; to limit Gambino’s music to the genre ‘rap’ would be a disservice to the variety that can be so easily found in the production of this. Childish Gambino is not a rapper and “Awaken, My Love!” is not a rap album. He is an artist, and this album is a masterpiece.
The second album I’m gonna talk about is The Rolling Stones’ “Blue and Lonesome.” I feel like I don’t really need to explain to anyone why The Rolling Stones are a big deal, but this is their first studio album in 12 years, so it’s definitely worth acknowledging. It’s also worth acknowledging that Mick Jagger is 73 years old, and is still such an iconic rock star doing his thing like a boss.
Last, but certainly not least, is the “The Hamilton Mixtape.” Hamilton has swept the nation in ways that musical theatre hasn’t approached in my lifetime. Lin Manuel Miranda has made this musical into a staple icon of 2016, and this mixtape is such a creative twist to the excitement that this production has already produced. Various artists from Kelly Clarkson to Nas to Lin Manuel Miranda himself collaborated in the making of this album, performing renditions of the music from the show and they did not disappoint.