George Barnett dropped a new single today called Three Statues. You may be familiar with his cover of Get Lucky, which seems to have been taken off Youtube and Soundcloud. Nevertheless, he is an incredible young talent, having recorded a full album titled 17 Days, playing all of the instruments himself. Check out his album HERE.
Since then he’s released a mixtape and his Animal Keeper EP and now he’s released a new track, titled 3 Statues. It opens with wonderfully layered vocals, which are then joined with a funky percussion beat. It’s combined with some groovy guitar lines and his impressive as always vocals leaving you with a very fresh-sounding track. Seeing him develop and refine his sound is a real joy and I can’t wait to hear more from him in the future.
The Black Keys are back! And I’m back too! Sorry for the lack of posts over the last two weeks, I’ve been rather busy with uni and life and all that. Now that I am back though I have a few things in store for you guys that I’m gonna write about so stay tuned.
Anyways back to the music, The Black Keys are back with a single called Fever, from their new album titled Turn Blue. The song kicks off with their familiar bluesy rock which we all know and love, but soon after a disco-flavoured synth line comes in. It sounds like they’re blending their old sound with some electronic and disco elements, which has me pretty excited to hear their new record. I have a feeling that some fans might not be too happy with the shift away from their blues rock roots but I for one am eagerly awaiting their new album. Turn Blue will be released on May 13.
Game of Thrones released a hip-hop and rap mixtape to promote their new season today. Titled, ‘Catch the Throne’, (a play on Jay-Z and Kanye’s album Watch the Throne) it features a variety of artists including big names Common, Wale and Big Boi. Sampling from the show’s speeches and soundtrack, there are some really great tunes on this mixtape. The standouts for me were The Ladder by Common, a track featuring one of my favourite speeches from last season (Chaos is a ladder!), King Slayer by Wale, taking the show’s theme song and mixing into a dope hip hop beat, and Born to Rule by Daddy Yankee, a really funky song with elements from the exotic sounds of Essos.
It is certainly an innovative collaboration and as you might expect some of the tracks fall quite flat. But there are some real gems and I love the audacity of the project.
You can listen to the album here:
Game of Thrones Season 4 returns on April 6th.
Sorry this week’s Community review will be a bit late, so instead I’m going to write about Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a show I recently started watching. I took notice of this show since it won the Golden Globe for Best TV Series: Musical or Comedy and also Andy Samberg (you may know him from Saturday Night Live or The Lonely Island) for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. It follows the adventures of the detective squad in Brooklyn in the 99th Precinct following the arrival of a new captain.
The squad consists of a extremely loveable band of misfit detectives, including the cocky and brilliant Jake Peralta (Samberg), the beautiful and insanely competitive Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), the tough-as-nails Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), the nervous and bumbling Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Peralta’s childhood friend and eclectic civilian administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), gentle giant Sarge Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) and their hilarious and robotic captain, Ray Holt (Andre Braugher).
Although Samberg is brilliant in his own right in the lead role of Detective Peralta, a talented detective with the maturity of an 8 year old, what really makes the show is the interactions between all these characters and their relationships. For example, Boyle really adores Peralta, while being hopelessly in love with Diaz. Meanwhile Peralta has fierce but friendly competition with Santiago, who ceaselessly tries to please Captain Holt. All of these interactions are very relatable, and the unity of their group when they work together to tackle cases is really special. While it is a police comedy, the plot is never stale, and not all of the episodes are about cases, with some involving other events like the Captain’s birthday party. It came as a pleasant surprise to see Michael Schur’s name on the Creator title, as I am a huge fan of his two other major works, namely The Office and Parks and Recreation, both which follow a similar style of comedy, following the lives of a certain group of well, weird people.
So far, I have grown to love the detectives from the nine-nine precinct – they are all interesting and funny characters and the chemistry between them is what makes this show so enjoyable to watch. In fact, I’m going to watch another episode now.