Recommended Music | 25 May 2018

Disclosure feat. Fatoumata Diawara | Dampa | Gang Gang Dance | Anderson .Paak | Family of the Year

It’s not one for people who like words, this entry, I’m afraid. I’ve listened through these tracks religiously over the last week and I can’t recite a single phrase from any of the first four songs except ‘Bubblin’”.

They all have their own reasons – the first track isn’t sung in English, the second track is sung in English but by a French person so it’s not super-coherent, the third track is sung by an English person but I’m not even sure whether she’s singing words at all, and the fourth track is Anderson .Paak so, you know.

Fortunately, the final choice makes up for this, but more of that later.

On the uptempo side, we have a world / dance music mash-up from Disclosure, some French nightclub-troubling rap from new kids on the block Dampa and the aforementioned, Mr. Paak doing not quite what he does best, but something that’s pretty exciting none-the-less.

Elsewhere, there’s a beautiful ambient track with an oddly moving political message from Gang Gang Dance and we also find out which member of Family of the Year I fancy the most (here’s a clue, only one of them’s a girl).

So, enjoy, won’t you. Click the songs to read the full review.

The tracklist:

  1. The ‘Charm Offensive’ | Disclosure: ‘Ultimatum – edit (feat. Fatoumata Diawara)’
  2. The ‘Military Coup’ | Dampa: ‘Crises’
  3. The ‘Peaceful Protest’ | Gang Gang Dance: ‘J-TREE’
  4. ‘Guerilla Warfare’ | Anderson .Paak: ‘Bubblin’
  5. The ‘Quiet Riot’ | Family of the Year: ‘Let Her Go’

The Outro:
And so we reach a cease-fire for this week. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.

For a full list of the current week’s Like This? Try These choices (updated weekly) click here.

If you like my choices (or even if you don’t), please engage in dialogue with me @45rpm_Reviews on Twitter.

The silence is broken again next week when I’ll return with five more selections for your consideration. Until then, thank you for reading and go in peace.


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