Music of the Month – November ’14 (Part 2)

Music of the Month – November ’14 (Part 2)

While the weather in Florida and the Left Coast is presumably pleasant, as always, the Northeast has finally succumbed to winter’s (insert Game Of Thrones pun here) icy grasp. With temperatures dropping rapidly, you’re gonna need some jams for that cold walk to the subway.

However, just because it isn’t summer anymore doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about it; Oslo-based producer Ol’ Burger Beats helps us do just that with “Summer Madness.” Axel F, the winning combination of J. Rocc and MED, teamed up with Blu for an authentic hip hop cut called “Omega,” a fitting name for how hard it hits. Your Old Droog continues to lyrically massacre microphones on “Where the Rhymes At?,” a freestyle over DJ Skizz’s“Light Years” beat. Ghostface, who graces this column frequently, as he should, gets a little emotional on “Love Don’t Live Here No More.”

Recently released from incarceration, Lil Boosie makes it clear that no one has as much influence as him on “No Juice,” while the Hype Williams affiliate and experimental pop musician Dean Blunt released his debut album, and “50 Cent” provided an atmospheric and dark introduction. The UK-based Rat Boy released The Mixtape, and his King Krule and hip hop influence are sewn together ever so nicely on “Sportwear.” Mark Ronson finally resurfaced, this time creating a backdrop of sharp production for Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker to lay his psychedelic vocals over.

Frequent Yung Lean collaborator Yung Gud brought the artillery for a seriously electronic-tinged instrumental cut entitled “My Guns,” and fellow Scandinavians Lo-Fi-Fnk shared “Can You Feel It?” featuring Duvchi. Formerly of Neon Indian, Leanne Macomber has collaborated with Joel Ford to become Young Ejecta, and “Welcome To Love” is both uplifting and devastating.

Swedish band The Amazing caught our ear with a rather traditional-but-delightful sounding “Picture You,” and Father John Misty provided us with more of his signature magic mushroom “folk” with the subversive “Bored In The USA.” Johnny Jewel shared the alternate version of “Cherry,” the beautifuly toned down “Can’t Keep Running,” which for those you unfamiliar with the Montreal-based Italians Do It Better outfit will instantly recognize the synth that ScHoolboy Q’s “Man Of The Year” samples. Sasquatch released his first EP via Youngbloods, while he is glitchy (in a good way) at times, the classic hip hop influence in “25th” is undeniable and will end your November on a perfect note.