Andrew Bayer, Desiigner & Kids Of The Apocalypse Are Your Jams Of The Week
Here are 3 jams you should sample this week:
1. Tomorrow Boys, Andrew Bayer
In “Tomorrow Boys,” the soothing innocent vocals of Danish “pop-kid” Asbjorn float goregously over New Jersey native Andrew Bayer’s multi-tempoed electronic mixes.
This song is about love lost, or more possibly delayed because of the usual life forces: the ambitious work grind, constant travel and distance, and maybe most predominately the emotional unwillingess to accept it.
Love it’s not love, it turned off my mind
Hey, turn off my mind, yeah
For a second I thought it was you and I
“Tomorrow Boys” peaks when Bayer builds his explosive swelling syths to their apex at several points in the song. They reverberate with an urgency that propels Asbjorn’s graceful pipes forward. Amid haunting angelic background howls and the delicate chime of a piano, you finish rooting for Asbjorn to reunite with his love while he’s sunburnt and shadeless in Los Angeles.
2. Timmy Turner, Desiigner
After the success of his addictive smash-hit “Panda,” the bar for a follow-up was always going to be high for 19-year-old Brooklyn rapper Desiigner.
And then came “Timmy Turner.”
Much like “Panda,” on first listen, you have no inkling who “Timmy Turner” is, what his problem is and what he’s done to Desiigner. But you don’t much care either.
This subdued, sad, eery, dark and repetitive hymnal hooks you fast. But you should know this gem began as a freestyle acapella joint without much construct:
Out of that came the full beat that is at its best in the last minute during its close when the high-reaching electronic strikes are dropped and replaced with a choir that highlights Desiigner’s moving melody.
“Timmy Turner” is Desiigner, the rapper has revealed. Desiigner at his worst, induling in all the fame he’s earned. A Desiigner that is destined for hell because of all of his bad deeds.
He was wishin’ for a burner
To kill everybody walkin’
He know his soul in the furnace.
“It’s a scary, scary, scary sound,” he said in a video explaining the track. “I just gave it that feeling.”
3. Better Life, Kids Of The Apocalypse
A looted supermarket filled with zombie-like dwellers. A masked motorcyclist whizzing through a desolate gray aisle. Flash frames of Niagra Falls, superhighways and nuclear plants as well as an animated elephant that busts out of the brick and mortar.
And children, oh children, everywhere.
The video for “Better Life” is something to behold if you’re down with dystopia. But the ghostly background hums and hypnotic whisper of a chorus — layered with an injection of hip-hop — provides the listener with plenty of darkness without any visual at all.
Oddly enough, fans of “Better Life” are determined to view this song as uplifting, if only it promises something better for all these creepy and sorrowful-looking kids inside a gloomy ransacked store.
Is this the end of the world or just the beginning of something better?
But “Better Life” is an example of how to mesh slow instrumental pop and hip hop and give it cinematic — dare we say, apocalyptic — reach.