Factoring how bad the usual selection for the Grammys across the nominees are due to it being a $100 buy-in process which means only radio tunes ever make it in. Beck’s album Morning Phase is what I would argue to be Beck’s worst album, but that only showcases how bad the rest of the picks from this last year were out of the pop-top 5. If you want to properly enjoy Beck, find a copy of Sea Change in surround as youtube obviously does not do it justice, mostly because this is still by far the best produced surround album and Beck’s best album. With Morning Phase you can pick out the parts where his aim was to sound like the D side of Sea Change but it doesn’t really do any justice.
Looking at the record of the year going to Sam Smith, it’s sort of the same story with Beck, out of the alternatives, it was the best choice, but by far Smith is better featured in other music and not his own.
Best Dance Recording and Best Dance Album categories were also a hilarious joke filled of the most generic music in the past 10 years out of the EDM side, and Aphex Twin’s worst album yet Syro.
Best R&B album probably should have gone to Black Radio 2 by Robert Glasper Experiment especially factoring Black Radio (1) was overall solid album, but Ill leave this to other listeners to argue about but here’s the winner of this year (quite boring and generic) vs Black Radio 2.
Best Improvised Jazz Solo category is clearly a joke if they are picking selections that were not live in the first place, though I do enjoy Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau and Joe Lovano, none of these were by far their best improv solos or even the best of jazz in the last year.
If you want to find one single album I have been hooked onto for the past month the perfectly delicate orchestrated ambiance works of the Bersarin Quartett. Often it is presented in simplicity, but with all the extra sound effects, it makes it feel like an album from mars took over a classical album. The second song “Geschichten von Interesse” is very addicting factoring it seems reminiscent of the Disintegration Loops by William Basinski.
But it has far more sense of development and change and yet even with the minimalism it comes off as being full sounding and filling. This album probably isn’t for everyone, but it can also be the perfect music to work to and not be too distracted, or fall asleep.
If it isn’t for the weekly addiction for finding more jazz or just enjoyable music overall from classic famous composers and musicians, Crystal Silence from Chick Corea and Gary Burton probably leads for amazing material to sample from if you must but those piano skills and vibraphone skills are just stupendous and crazy amazing hall reverb where they recorded this at.
For something outside of the jazz realm, and more ambient I have a track fromfuyuru0 (Unfortunately this track was removed).
And if that isn’t up to your tastes, I have a track I slyly pushed on soundcloud 2 weeks ago more on the jazzy triphop side, but it was mostly a demo piece as it needs alot of work to be the finished version, but I am pretty sure with the unfortunate push on Avid’s side with ProTools going back to it’s old shitty methods and following adobe’s shitty model for monthly payments to even get updates has left PT in the dirt digging it’s own grave now, so I am making the switch over to Cubase now since that feels by far the most familiar and who would have guessed, but works perfectly with all of my midi/usb controllers excluding the two shitty nano’s from korg where korg is quite shitty and won’t update drivers for windows 8. Expect a post in the future further detailing the switch.
I blame DJ Premier’s billions of mixtapes for getting hooked on this track this week. Jean Grae’s nice clean flow across the tracks and all the puns across the track, it really runs like one crazy tongue twister. And the backup vocals are mixed in so cleanly with the beat and the piano hits.
Jean Grae has this solo track by the name of My Story which sounds like it could have fit perfectly into a Nujabes or Hydeout Productions or J Dilla album: