At this point everyone has listened to Ratatat, whether they knew it or not. The electronic dance duo has essentially permeated all media that music is relevant too and provided a head-bobbing soundtrack. They return again with another clean execution of their brand of electro on LP4, being released in June. In the interim spend some time with some of their previous albums and keep an eye out on the webs for a mash up between them and Modest Mouse called Modest Rat.
As it turns out Janelle Monáe is as talented as we’ve been led to believe all these years. Monáe, the protégé of Outkast’s Big Boi, has recently released her second LP The ArchAndroid. The album is an 18 track epic concept album, with every track running together in one seamless story about the rise of a type of messiah in an android community called Metropolis. Usually when I hear the phrase “concept album” I make a face that would be better suited to a child watching Saw, as it usually means a sacrifice of quality to appease some silly idea to tell a convoluted story. Whether or not you like the concept of The ArchAndroid, it will take nothing from the listenability of a damn near flawless record.
I’ve been listening to hip hop for about 15 years now and I can count on one hand the amount of rappers I like who aren’t from New York on one hand. That number drops to zero when you ask me to count ones I like from the South. That’s puts Big K.R.I.T. on an island because his track “Country Shit” is heat. Make sure to pick up his newest release Wuz Here as soon as you can.