Odie is the Toronto Born, Bay Area raised artist of Nigerian roots who cites African gospel, the melodies of Fela Kuti, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Kid Cudi as his major influences. Evidently, his music brings together all of his diverse influences ; the finished product being a fresh yet refined take on contemporary R&B.
By the time I was born, Barry White was already winning lifetime achievement awards and being referred to as a legend of soul music. It’s kind of interesting that now, 21 years later, I have come to be a huge fan of his. Honestly, I’m probably one of the few people of my age who spend a large amount of time listening to the classics rather than bumping the latest Lil Uzi Vert. I’m not judging , just saying. I’m an old soul, I like music that makes me feel things not music that helps me forget my feelings. I don’t know, as a curator and music enthusiast, studying the styles of music from the past has also really helped me understand the origins of certain trends, patterns and styles that occur in music today.
Hey peeps, swear I got a problem with myself. I’ve been listening to so much music but I can’t find the time or energy to actually sit down and review it for y’all. But I decided to stop slacking and get my shit together for this particular album. Any of you who listen to my Sound Cloud playlists that I curate every so often have probably seen this guy in a bunch of them. I’ve been hooked to his music all year long. In the current age where literally anyone making music whether in a studio or a bedroom can post their songs online, platforms like Sound Cloud are really where it’s at if you want to discover fresh, experimental and interesting sounds.
Even as a music writer, there’s moments when I’m at a loss for words. This is one of them.
The greatly anticipated sophomore album by Frank Ocean is finally here. Frank has officially pulled a Lazarus on us, but he came back better than before. He also released a visual album “Endless” which is impressionistic to say the least. I must say the announcement was underwhelming at first probably because I didn’t even think it was true. Every week there would be a lot of buzz about him dropping the album which turned out to be bullshit. The disappointment would kill me every single time. For us die hard Frank Ocean fans, it’s the end of a long wait…I’m low-key going to miss all the funny memes and trolls though. On a more personal note, “Nostalgia Ultra” got me through a lot of shit in the past so I mean it when I say I needed this album. I actually had to listen to “Channel Orange” one more time before diving wholeheartedly into “Blonde”. It’s safe to say right now that my heart wasn’t ready.
It’s interesting how these days a lot of the music I listen to is by Canadian artists. 60 % of my playlist is made up of artists such as Kaytranada, Pomo, BADBADNOTGOOD, dvsn, Majid Jordan etc and those are just the well known ones! The Canadian music scene has officially blown up and I’m totally here for it! Another artist who’s been everywhere lately is River Tiber. You might recognize him from Kaytranada’s LP “99.9%” in the song “Vivid Dreams”, but now we can get a glimpse of his own mind in his debut E.P “Indigo”.