Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday May 6th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.
KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (XL Recordings)
99.9% is a truly special debut album with a fully developed signature sound. KAYTRANADA makes what he has jokingly described as “black tropical house” music, mixing house, disco and soul music with hip hop and RnB. These references have been combined before, but not quite as well as KAYTRANADA does on 99.9%. Also, KAYTRANADA’s heritage growing up in Canada as a refugee from Haiti plays a part in his overall sound as he’s imbued his music with the music of his family’s homeland. 99.9% also features solid contributions from featured singers and rappers including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Syd and Little Dragon, making this an album that should not be overlooked.
Little Scream – Cult Following (Merge Records)
Little Scream’s new album Cult Following takes the listener on a winding journey through pop, art-rock and singer-songwriter inspired songs. This is an incredibly diverse album with ventures into multiple styles of music. Having an album cover this much terrain could come across as some sort of forced exercise; however Little Scream is able to put together a cohesive album in a singular voice. Cult Following also boasts a massive guest list as Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Owen Pallett and members of The National make appearances throughout. Overall, this is a fantastic and unpredictable listen, which couldn’t have come from anyone else.
Skepta – Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know)
Skepta takes his version of grime to a new place on Konnichiwa. Grime music is a type of rap music that originated in England in the early 00’s, made popular in the U.S. mainly by Dizzee Rascal. Funny enough, the music is grimy with complex beats mixed with synth, string and electronic sounds and combined with rapid fire and strongly accented rapping. Konnichiwa is a very good presentation of the genre, and is an incredibly enjoyable listen overall. Skepta largely sticks to the grime formula, yet also introduces some U.S. radio friendly tracks, most notably on the Pharell produced “Numbers.” If you’re a hip hop fan and haven’t delved into grime music yet Konnichiwa is a great gateway album to get you started.