I'm making time for drawing again and with this comes listening to more music. Here are some albums I've recently acquired or revisited:
Ibeyi - I just saw these French-Cuban twins perform tracks from this self-titled album last week. They mix soulful Yoruba lyrics with rich rhythms and beats for a sound that you can't place in time, which I love.
Control - Putting on this classic Janet Jackson album (with its beautiful album cover) every now and then is a must. I have "When I Think of You" on repeat constantly.
To Pimp A Butterfly - Still digesting this music from Kendrick Lamar, but I already know this is an important album for hip hop and music history in general.
The Immaculate Collection - Not sure why but I've been craving some old Madonna. "Vogue" and "Express Yourself" especially. "Like a Prayer" has also been on repeat. I can't help but think about what the response to that video would be if it were released today. I feel the backlash would be so much worse now.
Be Free - So diggin' this laid-back soulful sound of Moonchild. Great for late night tea drinking.
Soyo - Looking for some new Brazilian music? Check out this new release from Dom la Nena. It's lovely.
Voodoo - When I was wrapping up my undergraduate career and spending many late nights up working on my portfolio this D'Angelo album could be heard playing in the background regularly. It's still as potent and beautiful today. "Africa" is my favorite track and then "Spanish Joint" among many others.
Janet - Ahh, no words. Except I will always love "If" and "That's the Way Love Goes."
Nocturnal - This album from Yuna is so delicious! What a great pick-me-up to start your day or jam to while you're cranking out work.