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Music Discovery – Top Album 2018 – Leon Bridges

Associate Music Supervisor, Ruben Lira, spent a lot of time reflecting on his favorite album of the year. And this year, his selection goes beyond just the music: it also connect with him on a personal level. Check out his pick for top album of 2018: Leon Bridges’ Good Thing

There are albums that are enjoyable, playful, and thought-provoking. And then there are albums that take this one step further, and connect with you on a deeper level. These are the albums that you embrace and claim to yourself, as your songs to the world; and this is one of those albums for me. Leon Bridges’ Good Thing veers into multiple emotions, in a style which is just not done enough today. From vintage R&B, to Jazz, to vintage soul of the Motown days, Good Thing traverses all these genres in fluidity not done enough in today’s music-scape. From celebrating life, to telling the struggles we all encounter in our daily lives, Good Thing is best heard as an antidote […]

Music Discovery: Top Album 2018 – Cardi B

Hi, I’m Brittany Ward and I work as an Associate Music Supervisor here at PlayNetwork. My choice for album of the year is Cardi B’s debut Invasion Of Privacy. Ever since the release of the album’s hit single “Bodak Yellow” I knew Cardi B would be someone I would be listening for. The future of who she would be as an artist was up to her. Only having released some mixtapes and being on a reality TV series, Cardi B was a clean slate…then came Invasion Of Privacy. It was almost a surprise since she announced the release in March and it came out later in April. Even with the short time for promotion, the project took off reaching number one on the charts, making her one of five women rap artists to reach number one.

This album is my personal favorite because I can listen to the full album, song by song, multiple times and still enjoy it because Cardi B has an exciting voice with her style of […]

Music Discovery: Top Album 2018 – Black Panther Soundtrack

For Christian Zabala, Associate Music Supervisor, his favorite album of the year was not a debut release, but rather a soundtrack. Check out his review of the Black Panther Soundtrack below!

While there are many albums that I enjoyed this year, my favorite may not be what you’d expect. It’s not an album that was a debut release (Cardi B’s album was great though!), nor was it a record that people have been waiting years for to see if it was worth the hype (I did enjoy my visits to Astroworld). Instead, I’ve chosen the Black Panther movie soundtrack. Yes, the soundtrack for the Marvel superhero movie that may very well be responsible for more representation of people of color in film moving forward (hey, Crazy Rich Asians came out this year too, it’s legit!).

Politics aside, the Black Panther soundtrack was put together by Compton native Kendrick Lamar, paying homage to the characters and the overall story of the film. This soundtrack was amazing and will hopefully make soundtracks cool […]

Music Discovery: Top Album 2018 – Janelle Monae

As a member of our procurement department, Grady Tyree has the chance to taste everything that passes into our library. This year, he features Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer was as the best of 2018! Check out his review! 

Relevant. On-topic. Powerful. Liberating. Sexy. Funky. These are all adjectives that can be attached to the newest album from the multi-talented songstress, Janelle Monae. Her album, Dirty Computer, is another brilliant conceptual piece of musical resistance. Monae began working on Dirty Computer back in 2016, but features in two Hollywood releases (Hidden Figures and Moonlight), as well as the untimely death of her collaborator, Prince, delayed the completion until 2018.

“Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane” were the first cuts released from the album, both hitting digital queues and earphones two months prior to the album release, and the singles were perfect snapshots of how the album was going to sound. “Make Me Feel” was upbeat, fun, funky and free-feeling, while “Django Jane” was more urban, direct and powerful, dropping the playful vibe of […]

Music Discovery: Top Albums 2018 – JB Dunckel

In 1998 the French music duo Air (Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel) burst onto the scene with their impactful and highly-praised album Moon Safari. Now, 20 years later, Dunckel has taken a solo flight delivering a sonic gem with his album H+, and according to Music Supervisor Mark Campbell, it is worthy of consideration for album of the year.

Although the content doesn’t veer too far from the standard Air sound palate (delicate vocals, sleek arrangements, downtempo grooves, electronic textures) the songs are still exceptional and noteworthy, featuring superb songwriting and first-rate production levels throughout. The tracks “Hold On” and “Transhumanity” are standouts on an album’s worth of great music – a must-have for fans of Air and their iconic sound.

Artist: JB Dunckel

Tracks: Hold On

Twitter: @JBDunckel