I’ve always known Sango for his unique take on hip-hop and R&B and the way he incorporated electronic music into his sound. It’s always been a lush sound and he takes that to another level on In the Comfort Of. It’s a project that’s decidedly more R&B than hip-hop, resulting in an incredibly smooth and laid back vibe throughout it’s runtime. It actually feels like two projects in one, as the first half is more spiritual and conscious leaning, while the second half is more about love, relationships, and traditional R&B tropes. But as a whole it’s all generally positive music, beaming with a warmth and glow that envelopes you as the production adds layer after layer. And being that Sango is a producer, the production is the star of the show; yes, most of the guest features do a great job of elevating the beautiful soundscapes he’s painting but I felt the most invested in the purely instrumental tracks. His production is gorgeous and when given the space to fully elaborate and explore on the beats without worry of vocals, he pulls out the most emotion. All in all, In the Comfort Of is a really thoughtful and lush album that does a great job of blending hip-hop, R&B, and electronic sounds.
CARE FOR ME is an absolutely gorgeous project with lush soundscapes that allows Saba to lay down deep, emotional, introspective gem after deep, emotional, introspective gem. It's an exploration of grief, isolation, and trying to cope with the woes of life. But it's more cathartic than masochistic with glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel.
Most people know Diplo for those big, dance ready anthems that shake the roofs off clubs, but on California EP he's opted for a more subdued, even emotional sound that's meant to move you in a different way than on the dance floor.
I consider Black Milk to be one of the torchbearers of the pure essence of hip-hop and the way he melds in jazz and neo-soul influences is unlike anyone else out there. His use of live instrumentation really makes his sound stand out; there's just a soul and intimacy to his production that a machine could never replicate. He may just be a serviceable lyricist but he's earnest with it and when paired with his strong production, it makes it more than worth a listen or 2 or 3.
“All learned up shout out my mama
I been overseas spreading holy seed
Hope for peace, can only hope for peace
I been magazine cover posing up
No fatigue can’t help but notice us from Magnolia to Mongolia”
Have you heard In the Comfort Of? What’d you think of it? Did you think Sango’s production really captured that raw emotion? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
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All in all, Sango's "In the Comfort Of" is a really thoughtful and lush album that does a great job of blending hip-hop, R&B, and electronic sounds, while contemplating spirituality, life, and love.