By HUGO ROBINSON.

 

Flatbush Zombies: 3001 A Laced Odyssey

I’ve never known how to regard Flatbush Zombies. I liked Palm Trees. It was a good song. I liked the Better Off Dead mixtape the song was from. But, in terms of their image, others are doing it better.

Milo, Kendrick Lamar and The Underachievers trump them in mindfulness. Gucci Mane, Migos and Snoop Dogg trump them in, erm, substance endorsement.

Nevertheless, as a fusion of the two influences, they strike a spacey, chilled-out medium. It won’t blow you away, but it is worth the listen. Bounce and The Odyssey are good tracks.

 

Kenny Llama Untitled Unmastered

You know I hold Mr Lamar in high esteem. If you didn’t know, well now you know. From Section.80 to Good Kid, m.A.A.d City to To Pimp a Butterfly, as an artist, Lamar has gone from strength to strength; developing his craft sonically, lyrically, vocally and in terms of the subject and production too.

Untitled Unmastered has been unveiled over talk shows and even the Grammys, and is basically the antithesis of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, in terms of publicity. It sort of just seeped out while Kanye stood on a virtual soapbox and crammed the word of Yeezy right down the internet’s throat.

Most are TPAB demos, but regardless, they still rule. Give this one right here a listen on Spotify.

 

Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No?

Boom boom drrrrroom ba doom bah. Boom boom drrrrroom ba doom bah. You know this drumbeat from somewhere. Don’t think for a second that that isn’t the drum beat to the song I have in mind. I may be crazy, but I’m not dumb. Ooh, he did it. Yes, it’s the Mint Chicks’ certified banger, Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No!, the title track of their 2009 album of the same name.

The Nielson brothers wholly deserve to be heralded as the songbirds of the 2000s. Unquestionably. I mean, after they disbanded, one bro went on to be Silicon and the other formed Unknown Mortal Orchestra!

Raving aside, well, actually, raving continued: Coinciding with Record Store Day, The Mint Chicks are reissuing a remastered 180 gram double vinyl of C?Y!D?N! (not a recognised acronym but I say the name enough to need it) with original art, plus a download card (of course) on April 15th. You can pre-order the beauty right here.

 

Undergrowth: Mermaidens

Basically Mermaidens are one of New Zealand’s greatest psychpop/(dark) rock outfits at the moment, in my humble opinion. They’re raw and yet refined in a way that I can’t quite place. Their album Undergrowth is swarming, punchy and sinister. It is kept chaos and the vocals are standout for me. Listen to Seed to get what they’re all about.

 

 

The National announce Grateful Dead tribute album

The National teamed up with handfuls and handfuls of stellar artists over more than five years – I’m talking six hours worth of collaborations – in a fundraiser for Red Hot. The project is comprised of 59 Grateful Dead covers and is titled Day of the Dead (haha).

Not only is it an amazing array of artists – Anohni, War on Drugs, Grizzly Bear members, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, UMO, Kurt Vile, Real Estate etc – it is raising money for HIV/AIDS.

Out 20 May on 4AD, you just have to at least experience a couple of the songs, if not buy the whole thang!!! If a Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends cover of To Lay Me Down doesn’t sound great, I don’t know what does! More info.

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