Javelin: “No Mas”
Why Javelin’s debut album is entitled “No Mas” is unclear–because the album totally leaves you wanting more. From front to back, the album journeys from 80s to 90s (when the tracks were first sampled) R&B/hip hop/soul/funk beats, never flinching to be “indie relevant.” The cow bell and synthesizer on “On It On It” bring back memories of Detroit’s legendary house scene. “Vibrationz” could be a summer hip hop joint for The Dogg Pound. Not since J Dilla’s Donuts has it been so easy to listen to a beat CD through and through.
Sounds like: Groove Armada’s children with Madlib with a dash of Chief Excel’s parenting
Listen to: On It On It, Goal/Wide, C Town (shit listen to the whole album)
There is never been a better time for Oakland to say, feel, and embrace “you got to keep moving, moving, moving.” Baby Jaymes, an Oakland soul, funk and R&B artist sent up “K.I.M” and while typically we shy away from single tracks–we had to share it with you. First, take notice of his voice. Absent of any unnecessary auto-tune, his voice rings like a church choir singing with the hope that slowly continues slipping away from East Oakland. On “K.I.M.” he sings “everybody has advice for us/ so much we didn’t know what was right for us,” and then “I don’t know which way to go / ain’t no time to be so vulnerable,” and one can’t help but shiver at his honesty. Then on “Posted,” we get a dance friendly track that mixes soul/funk/hip hop and boy is it sweet 90s-pop hip hop. “IYouWe” is a nice attempt at D’Angelo style, soulful with a funk push–but achieving D’Angelo is no easy feat, and might not be all that its cracked up to be anyhow (note: I feel bad for that dude).
Sounds like: Raphael Saadiq sits back in a session with Maxwell
Listen to: K.I.M., Posted, IYouWe, Every Nuance