On the Record: Drake, Owen, Gym Class Heroes & More

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By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Nov. 23, 2011

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Drake

Take Care

(Cash Money)

Sounds Like: A surprisingly intimate and revealing sophomore from the Canadian rapper with dark ruminations on exes, mirky beats, muted synths and sick collabs.

Free Association: Rappin’ about materialism is out, flow about feelings and fame is in.

For Fans Of: Nicki/Rihanna/Kid Cudi/Kanye/the Weeknd/ J Cole, Degrassi.

 

Oneohtrix Point Never

Replica

(Software)

Sounds Like: The experimental handle of Brooklyn’s Daniel Lopatin (of Ford & Lopatin fame) is tripped-out, usually wordless, catchy rhythmic drones and synths.

Free Association: Chosen by Animal Collective for All Tomorrow’s Parties—weirdo stamp of approval!

For Fans Of: Brian Eno x the Books, Cocteau Twins + Kraftwerk.

 

Los Campesinos!

Hello Sadness

(Arts & Crafts)

Sounds Like: The Cardiff, Wales, septet’s fourth is busy and loud with a new drummer (who kinda rips); it’s a messy, euphoric supergroup indie rock freakout.

Free Association: Even if there’s nothing special about them, they’re so energetic!

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