We came, we saw and we kept the hits coming for more than two hours last night on The Concrete Schoolyard! We had local artist T. Jay getting us Ignant, Chance The Rapper had us Feeling Good and A.Dd+ let us know the Plus Sign is Silent. But the biggest message from last night was from Mr. I am donald himself.
When I sat down in front of my monitor this evening, I had every intention of starting my first ever “Best of the Year” post here at Sandy Beats. However, as I put on some writing music, I was notified that today is Tuesday aka new release day. I did what any music fan would do, and clicked on the New Releases on Spotify playlist. As I scrolled down the list filled with some classics (The Velvet Underground, ZZ Top), some new music from one of hip-hop’s uncle’s (E-40), and new stuff from everyone’s favorite motivational kink (R. Kelly), I saw what I did not realize I was looking for…Childish Gambino’s (aka Donald Glover aka Troy) new release because the internet.
I was lucky to see and hear some of these new songs at the Life is Beautiful Festival in October. While I was a fan of Childish Gambino before seeing him live (okay, I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Community and through that became a fan of CG), I now consider myself a real fan. I have listened to his first release Camp a few times, and really enjoyed it. After seeing his live show, I was lead to believe that this new record would be a bit more gritty and dark. Camp is not all rainbows and sunshine, but I do get the feeling that because the internet is a bit darker. It has been said in the media that Glover is going through a “dark period” and he has taken a leave from Community. Everyone needs a break, and music is one of Glover’s outlets, so I am not to judge his person…however…this record is pretty incredible. I would not be able to write a Best of 2013 article without having heard this album.
After a couple listen’s my favorite track is “sweatpants”. This was also a favorite of mine from his LIB set.
The first single from this new record is “3005”. Check out the video:
Most of my 2013 has been filled with indie folk, Imagine Dragons, and bluegrass…the time is ripe for some unique beats and lyrics.