A thread in which to name the tunes you’ve got on heavy rotation at the moment.
I’m splitting my time between Bobby Shmurda’s 2014 classic “Hot Nigga” and “Come Down To Us” by Burial.
Hot Nigga was very much the sound of the Summer three years ago. It made my end of year “Best of” playlist, because it’s got an absolutely sick beat, and I quite like the guy near the start who solemnly intones “Shmurda she wrote”, like it’s some sort of unassailable fact of life we’re all just going to have to get used to.
What I hadn’t realised was that it also has one of the best “here I am with all my mates in the street making gang signs and generally acting the goat” videos of recent years, that Shmurda had developed a dancing style that was subsequently copied by everyone from Beyonce to Swizz Beats, or that he’d been jailed for a pick and mix assortment of crimes (most of which he’d explicitly extolled in “Hot Nigga” – the head of the unit who nicked him described it as “almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street”) in late 2014. Despite all that, it is an absolute banger, and it’s right back in my headspace.
Burial’s “Come Down To Us”, meanwhile, I pretty much missed on release. It was the third track on 2013’s “Rival Dealer” EP, and it’s extraordinarily un-Burial in tone: almost euphoric, and weirdly 80s sounding (I detect a Scritti Politti influence towards the end). I hadn’t appreciated it at the time, but the entire EP is built around an anti-bullying theme, and “Come Down To Us” heavily samples a speech by filmmaker Lana Wachowski at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign gala. It’s very good, and very blissed out, and sounds lovely on the way home with the sun coming down over any body of water. Video in the comments.
Over to you – what you listening to lots of at the minute?