audio review : Don’t Judge Me ( song ) … Janelle Monáe

She means only God should judge her, not the man she “sin” lust with. They’re at a beach somewhere. If it’s not Paradise, it feels like it.

This slow jam, easily one of Janelle Monáe’s best grooves, conjures the vibes of 1970s soul music. Listen for sultry strings on the bridge.

my rating = 4 of 5

2018

audio review : Dirty Computer ( album ) … Janelle Monáe

audio review : Destination ( EP ) … Ruck P

audio review : Destination ( EP ) … Ruck P

Going by the cover photo, the Destination is Silver Lake; a neighborhood in LA. Ruck P is the driver, the windows are down and what a breezy affair it is. This is summer evening groove music, a fusion of Chillhop jazz souled over elements of rhythm and blues.

The glaring flaw is that there’s a vocal song on this EP, which, aside from a few samples mixed in for fun during the second half, is otherwise vocalless. It’s a pleasant song; they all are; but its inclusion, especially at a seemingly random number two, doesn’t sit right with me.

I would’ve limited the playlist to Destination, Le Voyage Du Coeur and 3UO, probably in that order, consequently making the set even more succinct than it already is. But I’m a nitpicker when it comes to reviews. The average passenger should be able to just enjoy the ride.

my rating = 4 of 5

2018