Gerb’s Year in Review

in this special addition of Gerb’s weekly music review, I will dive into my top two albums of 2019, alongside my two favorite singles of 2019

2019 has been one heck of a year for the music industry. Some greats have came and gone, such as the rise of Charlotte rapper DaBaby, and the fall of the beloved and inspirational Mac Miller. Other artists such as Kanye West and Tyler the creator have exemplified their music success and knowledge with their new projects in 2019, while other have grouped up to make collaboration albums, such as Beast Coast and Dreamville. There was a lot that went down in 2019, now lets get down to it.

IGOR – Tyler, the creator

Wow. That one word to describe the Tyler’s most recent album. Igor was an album that change the industry and changed peoples perspective on him. There are fans who like “Goblin Tyler,” the sound and enigma around one of his earlier projects, a project that is darker and hard hitting. Some others liked “Flower Child Tyler”, as it was more soothing and uplifting, or as some would say emotional. To me, IGOR was this love child of the two albums. The album has its own unique sounds, using synths, heavy autotune and high tech production that makes it sound Futuristic. Another reason this album is one of my favorite for the year is because of the production. The production of this album is nothing but creative. To me, Tyler created a new sounds using all of the resources to his disposal to make an album that will be listened to for time to come.

you can listen to IGOR here:

Escape from New York – Beast Coast

This album takes number 2 on my list of albums related in 2019. While many people still have yet to listen to this massive collaboration album, it provides hits after hits, with every crew member of “beast coast” showing their talents. Many people know about the New York Rap group A$AP Mob, but Beast Coast, a conglomeration of Brooklyn artists such as Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, show why they rival as the best rap group in New York. The album produces the iconic new York rap sound but with a modern twist, putting new sound effects on old rhythms. The album was also slightly hard hitting, with punishing bars coming from each artists mouths. This is expected as we know they lyrical talent and old school flow Joey Bada$$ holds. What made this album amazing for me was the stick factor. I had high anticipation for the album but didn’t think it was going to deliver. To be clear, I Was wring.

you can listen to Escape From New York here:

Even if it hurts – Tei Shi ft. Blood Orange

This was one of my choices for song of 2019 because of my sweet love for blood orange and tei shi. The two have many collaborations in the past, such as “Hope” on Blood Orange’s “Negro Swan,” but this is their best work they have put out yet. The light and lifting sound of the vocals mixed in with beautiful production makes for a smooth and chill listening experience. What makes the sound special is the blend of their voices. Shi and Orange have two harmonious but sharp voices that match perfectly and make for solid music when each is put together. Like many collaborations between the two in the past, this song has it all, beautiful voices and beautiful production.

you can listen to “Even if it Hurts” here:

Mile High – James Blake ft. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin

What made this song crack the top two songs of the year is its reach and creativity. This song alone has broken many industry barriers and sounds. While Blake and Travis have collabed on “Astroworld,” this collaboration adds to the brilliantly crafted music the two have made in the past. I love the fact that Blake has stretched out into a new genre and sound, one that Travis Scott has headlined. Blake has taken the autotune creativity and synth skills to match travis vibe, but he also brings in his own sound. The same goes for Travis. We have seen Blake on Travis’ work but we have not seen Scott on Blake’s music. Travis also delivers on this song as he mellows down his persona to match the slow and scratchy sound that the song brings. Overall the creativity and reach of the song is why I love it so much and why it made my favorite songs of 2019.

you can listen to “Mile High” here:

Gerb’s Music Review (Nov. 4th – Nov. 8th)

IN THIS WEEKS REVIEW, WE LOOK DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF INDIE-POP AS WE TAKE A DEEPER LOOK INTO THE PRODUCTION OF DUCKTAILS AND TAME IMPALA

Hard Rock Cafe Chernobyl

The New Jersey native released his latest album “Hard Rock Cafe Chernobyl”, as the album is packed with differentiating sounds, dynamics, and genres. The artist that is known for his song “Kollin the vibe”, Ducktails has risen to into the music industry due to his vocal and production talents. On “Hard Rock”, a 30 song collection, Ducktails leaves out vast amounts of lyrics as most the the songs do not contain words. Although the album has little lyrical meaning, the artist has made great improvements on the production of the music. Instead of guitars, and other band instruments, the artist uses a whole new ensemble of electric sounds and synths to create interesting sounds, one that is unique to itself. The best way I can describe the album is that it sounds like elevator music but to a much better and interesting tone. Songs like “Debauchery” and “Fucking in the Sky” are songs that bring out a different ducktails, with in your face but quite entertaining futuristic sounds and chords. Other songs, such as “Smoking in the Rental” and “Catch a Rising Star” bring back that soothing and controlled sound that Ducktails has been known for. The album is a new perspective and aspect of the New Jersey artist, but his unique take on it has made the album much enjoyable to listen to.

you can listen to Hard Rock Cafe Chernobyl here:

It Might Be Time

After announcing that a new album is on the way sometime in 2020, Tame Impala has dropped two new singles in light of the album. One of the singles, “It Might be Time” shows off Kevin Parker’s skills and experiments with the keyboard, as well as holding into his psych-rock sound. The song delivers a sound that is the combination of 70’s electronic pop with interesting percussion and guitar. The percussion layered on stretched out synths create for that soulful and pop vibe that fans expect to hear from the artist. The song seems to have more flare and action, than his earlier releases and that excites me to see what the artist has in store for he new Album. Although Parker has spent tons of time featuring on other artist work, the soulful and stringy artist has complete another great single that fans can enjoy for a while, or at least until he drops his album that is carrying a 5 -year wait.

you can listen to It Might be Time here:

Gerb’s music review(Oct. 22nd – Oct. 29th

In this first edition of Gerb’s weekly review in music, we dive into Kanye West’s highly anticipated album “JESUS IS KING”, Frank Ocean’s surprise single, and why I wanted to share my musical insight with others.

JESUS IS KING

After a long and eager wait, fans finally got to experience a whole new sound and persona from Kanye West. Although the gospel tuned project carried some criticism, West’s 9th studio album was nothing short of “Christ Like.” In the Album, Ye takes the listener through his recent adventures with Christ and a new spiritual journey. Although the album features the Sunday Service Choir, Classic Kanye was still in full force on parts of the Album. “Follow God” carries a vintage Kanye feel with hitting snares and brilliant music sampling. The album also featured Pierre Bourne, a producer that is known for his work with the trending PlayBoi Carti. On his work with “On God,” Bourne delivers a spaceship sounding beat with brilliant synths and sounds that make it feel homey and gospel. The album was nothing short of what it was intended for, a spiritual soothing and awakening.

You can listen to Kanye’s new album here:

Frank Ocean “DHL”

Frank Ocean dropped a surprise single “DHL” last week. Ocean seems to be more care free and relaxed as he talked about Paris fashion week and Kawasaki bikes. Although the single was enjoyable, it wasn’t impressive nor creative. The song sounds very similar to past work and starts to become repetitive. The song was still fun to listen to but it is not near the quality of his past work. It will be interesting to see what the artist will put out next.

You can listen to Frank’s new solo here: