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On the Record: Blood Orange, John Talabot, Jake Bugg, Yo Gotti, Andrew Bird, and Lady Gaga

11.27.REVIEWS-BLOODORANGEBlood Orange
Cupid Deluxe
(Domino)
Sounds like:
Dev Hynes is the man. Writing for Solange and Sky Ferreira hasn’t slowed him down, and his creativity’s inspiring—futuristic funk plus airy R&B ambience.
Free association: The Londoner-turned-New Yorker should jam out with Prince.
For fans of: Dam-Funk/Rhye x Chairlift/Frankie Rose, Jessie Ware, odd hats and boots.

11.27.REVIEWS-JOHNTALABOTJohn Talabot
DJ-Kicks
(!K7 Records)
Sounds like:
The Barcelona DJ and producer’s newest since blowing minds with Fin doesn’t disappoint—sprawling, blissed-out house compositions for the night.
Free association: Pay no attention to titles. Just push play and bone/burn/boogie.
For fans of: Andy Stott x DJ Koze + Glasser with the 2 Bears, chilltimes, electro dreams.

11.27.REVIEWS-JAKEBUGGJake Bugg
Shangri La
(Island/Mercury)
Sounds like:
Hard to believe this kid’s 19, but the UK folk- and rock-minded singer songwriter’s got skillful delivery, a punchy sense of rhythm and legit chops.
Free association: A sophomore here, but no slump. Dude’s picking up steam for a reason.
For fans of: King Krule/Bob Dylan/Eugene McGuinness + Arctic Monkeys, explosive talent.

11.27.REVIEWS-YOGOTTIYo Gotti
I Am
(Epic)
Sounds like:
Not a lot of surprises from the self-proclaimed King of Memphis; the 32-year-old veteran emcee sticks to trap raps over syrupy production.
Free association: There’s a track called “ION Want It;” it’s good, but “LeBron James” is not.
For fans of: Meek/T.I./J. Cole/Ne-Yo/Jeezy/Wale/Rich Homie Quan, guap, dope and the trap.

11.27.REVIEWS-ANDREWBIRDAndrew Bird
I Want to See Pulaski at Night
(Grimesy Records)
Sounds like:
A charming lil’ EP that cradles “Pulaski at Night” with movements and instrumentals, always with that viola loopin’, whistlin’, folksy Chicagoan charm.
Free association: There’s something really romantic about this man’s thing for strings.
For fans of: Sufjan x Phosphorescent + Bowerbirds with M. Ward, the second and Windy City.

11.27.REVIEWS-LADYGAGALady Gaga
ARTPOP
(Interscope)
Sounds like:
The queen of weird and mother of monsters delivers an equally panned and praised batch of queer-friendly pop obsessed with the fabulous life.
Free association: “Applause”/”Gypsy,” fine; “Donatella” and “Fashion!” save this sinking ship.
For fans of: Britney/Katy/Madonna, trends in pop (like EDM), tiaras and Mary Jane.


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