The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.
It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.
In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.
Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.
Eclectic avant-garde pop artist serpentwithfeet announced his return today with a new track featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
"Receipts" is a soft-spoken, minimalistic love song, layered with the tightly wound acapella harmonies 30-year-old Josiah Wise has honed since the beginning of his career. "This song carries a lot of weight for me because it's a snapshot of two brothers rhapsodizing about unforeseen romance," the singer said of the track.
The track itself flows in a similar cadence as the singer's previous work. The melody is soothing and inviting, with Wise's voluminous voice pushing the song along, each verse cascading into the next. Ty Dolla $ign is a perfect fit for the slow-burn track and holds his own without overpowering the song's main attraction. "I began writing 'Receipts' when I first moved to Los Angeles last summer," The Brooklyn-based singer said in a statement. "I was and still am mystified by the city—the mountains, the men, the hummingbirds." While it's unclear if "Receipts" will appear on a larger body of work, it's nice to hear the unassuming talents of Josiah Wise back in action.
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Would you ever pair these two together?
Artist 1: Clams Casino, this guy from New Jersey who's already got quite the cult reputation for his collaborations (some credits: A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Lil B's lusher tracks) and for his own work (Instrumentals is more than well worth checking out), and who's already got a really distinctive sound, spacey and lush.
Artist 2: Florence and the Machine, British purveyors of drama, Pre-Raphaelitism, big-ass vocals and bigger-ass drums, whose album Ceremonials is a little gothy, a lot kitschy and as far from lo-fi as you can possibly get; completely awesome if you're into this thing, baffling if you're not.
You wouldn't necessarily predict this collaboration, right? It isn't completely implausible, but you'd probably guess about 500 different combinations before this one. Well, it exists, for "Never Let Me Go," and the result works quite well! Clams' atmospherics suit Florence well; the remix's fairly recognizable as something he produced, but it also gives Florence's voice the amount of foggy drama it demands. Listen below.