Matty Moo showed me “Ricky Ricardo” by KAPTN. It is one of the best songs of all time. Funky, trippy and cheeky as fuck.
Hip Hop has been going through a phase of hyper creativity, lots of nice samples, great lyrics and flows, but this is something else altogether. It’s rare to get a song that takes the piss to such an extent while actually remaining listenable. The samples are fantastic. It plays off the TV show “I Love Lucy”. I’m just going to straight up admit I’ve never watched the show and if there’s some witty joke going on I don’t get it. Doesn’t matter. Sounds awesome. Lyrically, my favourite moment is “I don’t fuck with no socks“. The lyrics are awful, but that’s the charm. It’s dirty sexy. As if that wasn’t enough there’s also a fantastic bossa nova interlude just to mix things up some more.
The downside? The dude might be a douche bag. He seems confused as to what he’s doing. It’s hard to tell whether he wants it to be a joke or whether he really is trying to give the impression that he’s some kind of a sex god. In the end, he appears to have decided to try both. The video is god awful and that seems to be a theme judging by his other track, “Juice”. It ends with a weird dance thing, which is super cringey.
Take it from me on this one. Enjoy the song, but do nothing else. Avoid the video and don’t listen to anymore of his stuff. The little bit of research I did nearly ruined it for me, but the track is too good. Listen with you eyes closed and jam out on your own.
The Mot showed me “Girls/Girls/Boys” by Panic! at the Disco. I had totally gone off Panic! after the first album to be honest. They did the whole “Nine in the Afternoon” thing and there’s always been that kinda theatrical, gothic thing going on. More recently there’s been a more electronic element to what they’ve been doing. This track has some of these electronic bits but I think it’s an all round better tune than anything we’ve heard from the band in a long time. They’ve always appealed to me in a lot of ways but had these flaws that totally ruined them for me. I’ve always thought they were lyrically smug and over wordy. This song and video are less overly stylised. The lyrics are still intelligent and witty but seem more mature, less teenage-poet-wannabe, shorter song titles are a good sign.
Apart from how I felt it is better than their earlier stuff, “Girls/Girls/Boys” is just generally a belter. The bass reminds me of New Young Pony Club, it kinda dances underneath the rest of the track, so I think this is one for the decent quality sound systems or headphones. Unlike other tracks from the album, they don’t mess with Brendan Urie’s voice to much which is a definite plus. He is a fantastic singer and this is probably the best I’ve heard his voice. I think the different instruments sound a bit like they’re looped tracks but, in fairness, I have been listening to the song pretty much non-stop to get in the mood to write about it. It works though. The instrument changes are all pretty subtle and the focus is on the overall song rather than any one instrument at any time.
Video is weird.Just Brendan Urie, in the nip. The dude has a much body hair as I have on my hands. It’s crazy that there’s no bullshit about it being pornographic or inappropriate like there is about all the Miley Cyrus videos. What’s going on there?
So that’s it! What d’ya think? What are you listening to? Any recommendations?