Active Child – Curtis Lane

 

Active Child is polarizing in that you either love his falsetto, or can’t stand it. I, for one, think it’s fantastic and being a fan of How to Dress Well this is hardly surprising; similarly, fans of the aforementioned should like Active Child. That being said, it’s a lot less melancholic and a lot more avant-garde, dream poppy. It is also one of the few cases where I think using the avant-garde tag isn’t completely inappropriate and obnoxious. I’ve only listened to his Curtis Lane EP so far, and it has made me want to get more of his stuff; but for now,

Download: Active Child – Curtis Lane

Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul – Fela Soul

Okay, so when I read the summary of this my mind was blown. The bandcamp sums up what this is very well, but long story short: De La Soul acapellas mirixed with afrobeats (traditional Nigerian instrument samples), swanky horns, and everything in between.

Then here is the actual bandcamp summary:

“What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original.”

Link to their Bandcamp