Currently listening to this for the very first time on vinyl. It always feels great to listen to a favorite let alone a heavy contender for your AOTY for the first time on wax. Wow. If you have not listened to "Vile Luxury" yet or you have not seen Imperial Triumphant live you are truly missing out. Avant garde extreme music (and also live performance wise) that truly has changed my perception of what art is. Thank you @nixie_smith for picking this up for me.
“With Roots Above and Branches Below” was released in 2009 and is The Devil Wears Prada’s third studio album. I was super excited for this repress, because I have a lot of fond memories surrounding this album. I can remember the exact room I was in and who I was with when “Dez Moines” was released as a single. I went and saw them on tour with my friends back when this album was out. Lots of great memories surround this record. That’s a big reason why I picked this up. Yea, some of it doesn’t hold up to today’s standards, but who cares? I like what I like and there’s no shame in that. Who else was listening to this record 10 years ago? Favorite tracks: “Lord Xenu”, “Sassafras”, “I Hate Buffering”, “Danger: Wildman”
/BIG K.R.I.T.//4EVA IS A MIGHTY LONG TIME/
Ahh the incredibly dicey hip hop double album. I feel like we are in an era where the over stuffed over long album is becoming more and more common (I'm looking at you Drake and Migos) and in most cases these albums seem to be filled to the brim with skip worthy filler. However this album is leagues ahead of its contemporaries in terms of quality content. Hell the only song I skip in this thing is "1999" and even that song isn't awful it just isn't my thing and feels a little out of place on this monster of an album. 4EVA was in my top 10 albums dropped last year and I 100% stand by that pick, hell this thing only gets better with each listen. First of all K.R.I.T.'s flow on this thing is OFF THE CHARTS and it keeps me engaged throughout its long run time. I also love the sound of this album. It jumps all over the place but the production has a lot of life to it on every track and it gives each song its own identity while maintaining a cohesive feeling across this album as a whole some how. A lot of that is due to the sequencing on this thing. Splitting the album into to halves. The K.R.I.T. side and Justin Scott side. The latter being a much more personal side of this incredibly talented rapper. The first half is where most of the JAAAAAMS are though. "BIG K.R.I.T.", "SUBENSTEIN", and "BIG BANK" are heavy hitters and the flow on the first mentioned track blows me away with every listen. "AUX CORD" is a soulful ode to music. "GET AWAY" is a big favourite of mine. It's catchy as hell and the vocal sample used on the beat makes me smile ear to ear. It's just such an incredible track. And the way K.R.I.T. skips all over the rattling drum beat makes me groove along uncontrollably. The second disc kicks off with a grand and ambitious and a lil bit bluesy interlude on the track "JUSTIN SCOTT" that lets K.R.I.T. flex his production skills for us. The vocals on this half of the album are STUNNING. from K.R.I.T. himself belting on the first track or "KEEP THR DEVIL OFF" (another standout gem), to JOI's singing on "MISS GEORGIA FORNIA" as song about his home(s). "MIXED MESSAGES" is a catchy tune where he contemplates the content
FUGEES - THE SCORE (VMP PRESSING, 2016) // its been a while since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve still been buying and spinning my records. my latest purchase was the Fugees classic album ‘The Score’, managed to bag the Vinyl Me Please pressing for a decent price, it also includes a 7 inch bonus record as well! #vinyligclub#vinylig#thefugees#thescore#myrecordcollection#mikewoodspinsit