On the Record: Beyonce, Mad Decent's Xmas EP, Childish Gambino, Britney Spears and more

By Bill Chenevert
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Front if you want to: Beyonce's back.

Beyoncé
BEYONCÉ
(Columbia/Parkwood)
Sounds like: Surprise! A “visual” album materializes, and the world goes ape for every minute of her fifth’s 14 tracks (and videos) full of old school R&B ferocity.
Free association: New classics: “Blow,” “Partition,” “Flawless” and “Superpower.”
For fans of: Kelly & Solange, Brit/Gags/Katy/Rih, Timbaland + Jay and Frank, flawless divas.

 

 

 

Mad Decent
A Very Decent Christmas EP
(Jeffrees)
Sounds like: A holiday collection from Diplo’s camp, and it’s shockingly fun. Tracks to twerk to alongside Rudolph, Santa and Frosty, plus tunes to deck the halls/trim trees.
Free association: A great way to start an inter-generational booty-poppin’ contest.
For fans of: Vjuan Allure/DJ Snake/Mitch Murder + Nicky Da B/Angger Dimas, Big Freedia.

 

 

 

Childish Gambino
because the internet
(Glassnote)
Sounds like: A strong, heady sophomore from Donald Glover—an ambitious effort that’s solid but doesn’t really capture the postmodern ennui of Internet disconnect.
Free association: OFWGKTA contemporaries do it better without being so obvious.
For fans of: Earl Sweatshirt/Tyler/Danny Brown + Chance the Rapper, 30 Rock/Community.

 

 

 

Patrick Cowley
School Daze
(Dark Entries Records)
Sounds like: The late O.G. of electronic dance music (alongside Giorgio Moroder) offers a posthumous collection of porn-soundtrack inspired gems from 1973-’81.
Free association: One dance definitely fostered by this LP is the horizontal hustle.
For fans of: Sylvester x New Order, Black Devil Disco Club + Studio 54, mustaches and cocktails.

 

 

 

R. Kelly
Black Panties
(RCA)
Sounds like: The nasty R&B vet’s 13th reflects 20-plus years of studio work (plus his pissy-pedo rep) as he filth-croons pussy worship and penetrator anthems.
Free association: And we made such progress with Love Letter and Write Me Back!
For fans of: Joe/K-Ci & Jo-Jo/Jamie Foxx/Anthony Hamilton/Tyrese, tiresome players.

 

 

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