Tinashe - Aquarius (out October 7 2014)

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No thread for her yet? Talked about a bit in the Rolling R&B threads. 3 excellent mix tapes in 2012-13. Acclaimed early-2014 single ("2 On"). Proper debut album out in October. Latest single is "Pretend," with A$AP Rocky:

https://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/tinashe-pretend-featuring-aap-rocky/

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:34 (five years ago) link

"Pretend" is just heavenly. Highest hopes for this album.

Evan R, Sunday, 24 August 2014 22:38 (five years ago) link

Yes, looking forward to this. Haven't checked out her tapes at all.

MikoMcha, Monday, 25 August 2014 07:09 (five years ago) link

the last tape was pretty bad aside from "vulnerable" - which katy b later reworked into something more transcendent anyway.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, 25 August 2014 07:41 (five years ago) link

this new song is awful

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 25 August 2014 14:07 (five years ago) link

"now i admit that i was fucking with a kid" is a line that could've been rewritten imo

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:06 (five years ago) link

it reminds me of something specifically i can't put my finger on but more generally it's pretty superior morose rainy day r&b à la brandy's afrodisiac

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:08 (five years ago) link

The Rocky verse in particular is very De La Soul/Teenage Fanclub

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOmdg3epcic

Evan R, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:00 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

that asap rocky song is still trash but this is dope http://www.thefader.com/2014/09/15/tinashe-feels-like-vegas

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 September 2014 15:34 (five years ago) link

"It begs for a Wiz Khalifa guest verse"

lol foh Fader writers

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:12 (five years ago) link

aw I like that A$AP track

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:16 (five years ago) link

Yeah "Pretend" is great. Weird hearing Stargate become Noah "40" Shebib on this Vegas track tho

Evan R, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:18 (five years ago) link

2 On > Pretend > Heaven or Las Vegas

They're all great though.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:18 (five years ago) link

idh why j0rdan hates "pretend", i'd've thought it was totally in his wheelhouse

lex pretend, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:19 (five years ago) link

*idg

lex pretend, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:19 (five years ago) link

it's like R&B as written by linda perry -- i'm good

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:32 (five years ago) link

Heaven or Las Vegas

interesting slip

een, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:40 (five years ago) link

haha i was about to say

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:42 (five years ago) link

although it's easier to imagine Jhene Aiko singing "Heaven or Las Vegas"

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:42 (five years ago) link

Uhh, that was quite intentional.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:43 (five years ago) link

Pretend is hot garbage

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

Also Matthew trammel is a good writer I don't think he nec. meant the wiz thing as a compliment

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:11 (five years ago) link

yeah as a neutral statement i agree w/ him

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:41 (five years ago) link

The song definitely needs something imo... there's a lot of space there it doesn't know how to fill

Evan R, Monday, 15 September 2014 18:48 (five years ago) link

xps guess that was a lil too subtle for me, Herbie Handcock

een, Monday, 15 September 2014 19:08 (five years ago) link

meh these non-"2 on" songs are boring, not sure she will ever get interesting ime

dyl, Monday, 15 September 2014 22:57 (five years ago) link

Are y'all about to pull a Jessie Ware/Imagine It Was Us on this woman and constantly judge every new track by how it stacks up against the one song in her discography that was actually atypical of her usual sound?

Greer, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 01:14 (five years ago) link

feel like jessie ware's recent output has been judged against far more than "imagine it was us"

idk, i guess i'm still checking for tinashe. i cherrypicked some of her mixtape tracks & like a few of em. just not v excited for this album yet.

dyl, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 02:42 (five years ago) link

Jessie ware is dope, this is trash. easy

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 03:02 (five years ago) link

Are y'all about to pull a Jessie Ware/Imagine It Was Us on this woman and constantly judge every new track by how it stacks up against the one song in her discography that was actually atypical of her usual sound?

― Greer

it's a slow night

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 03:05 (five years ago) link

i'm with j0rdan that linda perry doing r&b sounds most unwelcome, but i don't really see what "pretend" has to do with that. just sounds in the lane of all the other songs this year aiming to sound a bit like deep brandy album cuts off afrodisiac

don't think either new one is a patch on "2 on" (obv) and i hope it's not all in this vein but they're def better than anything from her mixtape days, i could see them clicking into place in album context

lex pretend, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:16 (five years ago) link

The more I hear from this album the less sense I have of what it's trying to be. This is track 2 from the record, and its pacing and long, wonky guitar outro spit in the face of album sequencing best practices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftB-DccfZkY

Evan R, Monday, 29 September 2014 14:00 (five years ago) link

Awesome!

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:36 (five years ago) link

Stream doesn't work, blogs keep posting it anyway.

Greer, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:18 (five years ago) link

Content above all!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:18 (five years ago) link

it's a pretty solid album

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:28 (five years ago) link

it feels very zeitgeisty in a contained way

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:28 (five years ago) link

that's vague

it feels zeitgeisty in that it tracks along post-drake, post-aaliyah is a goddess R&B but not like fka twigs or something where it's *all* about that

insofar as it's an album with inherent commercial motivations that still manages to sound 'hip' it feels perhaps even more idiosyncratic and considered than something like twigs where the aesthetic is really the meat of the album

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:31 (five years ago) link

not that the two need to be pitted against each other or anything -- i like the twigs album a lot too

could swap jhene aiko out w/ twigs and i think the argument still holds

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:31 (five years ago) link

I am very curious to hear this. does the stream not work for anyone? soundcloud told me it was because I was in the wrong country

rob, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:34 (five years ago) link

Everything else on her soundcloud plays for me except the album stream.

Greer, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:46 (five years ago) link

About halfway through, and am enjoying this - Aquarius seems like a really suitable title, given the full on shiny, aquatic dub sonics and subsumptive dynamics. And, ah, pan-pipes.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:25 (five years ago) link

Yeah, those pan-pipes...

Also about halfway through, also enjoying it.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:26 (five years ago) link

it feels zeitgeisty in that it tracks along post-drake, post-aaliyah is a goddess R&B but not like fka twigs or something where it's *all* about that

what? the strength of the twigs album is that the pre-release narrative about that aesthetic is a gigantic red herring b/c it's not that relevant to the album, which feels like it's in another lineage entirely. it's got tinges of r&b about it but certainly not the real zeitgeisty sad-drake-r&b/glacial-aaliyah-vibes sort, and it's a v minor component anyway

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

How Many Times is amazing.

Greer, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:11 (five years ago) link

The stream I think is UK only but it worked for me using hola.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:22 (five years ago) link

oh thank you, I recently moved to Canada from the US and have been meaning to figure out a good vpn

rob, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 23:51 (five years ago) link

Man, I love the end of Bet, with the final thick chord, and then the guitar solo playing that little riff, which then becomes the bass-riff on Cold Sweat.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 00:25 (five years ago) link

Half-expect Enya-sample from Ready or Not to drop at the start of Bet.

The best parts of this record recall Aaliyah's s/t slowjams.

It's crazy long tho, reminds me of Goldenheart that way - could have been a bit more concise.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 2 October 2014 06:59 (five years ago) link

amethyst ep

j., Friday, 20 July 2018 18:05 (one year ago) link

yeah it's p much Aquarius and Amethyst i think. Was Black Water good?

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:17 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

https://www.thefader.com/2019/02/19/tinashe-rca-label-dispute-independent

she's split from her label, hopefully this will be good for her after Joyride was such a mess for her and the label

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6nJTmr-ntY

i'd completely missed that she'd released two singles back in July intended to build up to the release of a new album titled Nashe but her label cancelled it after the singles flopped. "Like I Used To" is nice enough though

ufo, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:41 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btpCevsq3Nc

j., Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:01 (eight months ago) link

damn that's good

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:14 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

She's back:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zupK28B4Vts

winters (josh), Thursday, 24 October 2019 16:23 (four months ago) link

Also feel like sharing an edited tracklist of Joyride a friend made that feel closer to a version she would approve of:

01. Keep Your Eyes On The Road (Intro)
02. Ride Of Your Life [orig. Nightride]
03. Faded Love (ft. Future)
04. Company [orig. Nightride]
05. Ooh La La
06. Superlove
07. No Contest
08. Player (w/o Chris Brown)
09. Party Favors [orig. Nightride]
10. Ain't Good For Ya (Interlude)
11. He Don't Want It
12. Soul Glitch [orig. Nightride]
13. C'Est La Vie [orig. Nightride]
14. Touch Pass [orig. Nightride]

winters (josh), Thursday, 24 October 2019 16:31 (four months ago) link

the new song is pretty awesome

J0rdan S., Thursday, 24 October 2019 16:44 (four months ago) link

this is cool but i wish there was a little more to it

ufo, Thursday, 24 October 2019 20:47 (four months ago) link

amazing new single. my favourite of hers since aquarius

monotony, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:18 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAYZkxGkmEY

another good new single, album songs for you is reportedly coming soon

ufo, Thursday, 7 November 2019 21:56 (three months ago) link

very soon! November 21st!

https://music.apple.com/nz/album/songs-for-you/1487857651

the cover is fab and "die a little bit" is one of my favourite songs of the year, i'm excited

monotony, Thursday, 14 November 2019 01:35 (three months ago) link

!!!!!!

winters (josh), Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:29 (three months ago) link

out

j., Thursday, 21 November 2019 06:00 (three months ago) link

really impressed by it, lots of highlights aside from the lead single: "save room for us", "no better", "stormy weather" - even the g-eazy song is good (though it'd be much better if he was excised)

monotony, Thursday, 21 November 2019 06:09 (three months ago) link

ooh i didn't realise it was today, i'd just assumed it was the standard album release friday. struggling to understand why g-eazy is on it now that she's independent though

ufo, Thursday, 21 November 2019 06:42 (three months ago) link

"know better"!!!

ufo, Thursday, 21 November 2019 11:40 (three months ago) link

This album!

or something, Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:55 (three months ago) link

i'm really delighted that this is as good as it is

ufo, Friday, 22 November 2019 09:33 (three months ago) link

fantastic album

Simon H., Friday, 22 November 2019 12:54 (three months ago) link

this is outstanding

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 22 November 2019 14:20 (three months ago) link

Better than Aquarius to my ears, as much as i love 2 On and Cold Sweat, like just two hugely defining songs from the decade at least for me.

omar little, Friday, 22 November 2019 19:11 (three months ago) link

revisited Nightride, which never made much of an impression on me, and found that about half of it is excellent and the other half is fairly forgettable. it's a bit too slow and samey in mood so the weaker tracks really work to make it all blend together and i can understand why i never got really into it. there's still plenty to like about it even if it isn't as consistent as Aquarius or Songs for You

ufo, Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:47 (three months ago) link

"know Better" really is something. she's been through so much shit. this whole album feels freeing. so happy it's great. played through it once so far. can't wait to spend more time with it.

gman59, Saturday, 23 November 2019 04:41 (three months ago) link

some incredible harmonies and ad-libs on this, what a victory

boxedjoy, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:51 (three months ago) link

tempted to agree this is even better than Aquarius

ufo, Saturday, 23 November 2019 09:01 (three months ago) link

it is

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 November 2019 09:04 (three months ago) link

Certainly after 2 spins it is

or something, Saturday, 23 November 2019 12:38 (three months ago) link

q: does the first track on this sample "dig" by incubus

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 November 2019 15:52 (three months ago) link

well brad if you can't tell me that i don't really know who else i'd ask

j., Saturday, 23 November 2019 16:34 (three months ago) link

This is good.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 23 November 2019 16:44 (three months ago) link

Apparently that is indeed an incubus sample, or at least I've seen it claimed

Simon H., Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:11 (three months ago) link

I'm addicted to this. amazing.

Nourry, Sunday, 24 November 2019 19:10 (three months ago) link

feels like such a triumph for Tinashe to release this on her own terms and have it go off -- she's one of our very best

winters (josh), Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:14 (three months ago) link

also, not to start beef, but if anyone should be calling their musical output MUSIC FOR CARS, it's Tinashe ✌️

winters (josh), Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:30 (three months ago) link

i don't feel so warmly toward it as yall but at least i feel alright toward it so far, unlike with joyride (ugh). i guess i feel like her songs have too much tendency to blankness, and something about aquarius balanced that the right way. i would have been delighted to hear more of an amethyst sound, but i guess that's not as compatible with her danciness.

j., Sunday, 24 November 2019 23:59 (three months ago) link

loving this, especially "Life's too Short"!

maffew12, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:18 (two months ago) link

Really enjoying this. Not sure I'm at >Aquarius level yet, but since I never loved her mixtapes this is way way above expectations. I would like to know why she included another genuinely repulsive male rapper feature on this though

rob, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:59 (two months ago) link

need to listen to this more but it's pretty good on first blush

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:30 (two months ago) link

gorgeous record this

nxd, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:53 (two months ago) link

i think i’ve decided it’s my favourite album of the year

monotony, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:59 (two months ago) link

“perfect crime”!!!!!!

monotony, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:59 (two months ago) link

What I like I really like but, damn, is it long.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 11:01 (two months ago) link

Hopscotch!

bop. boppp.

maffew12, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 12:28 (two months ago) link

i think i’ve decided it’s my favourite album of the year

― monotony

I'm on the same boat. and 'perfect crime' is also, probably, my favourite!

Nourry, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:46 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtmwVGoxrws

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:30 (two months ago) link

yeah this album is great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 December 2019 04:37 (two months ago) link

Really wasn't expecting to enjoy a Tinashe album this much after Joyride, but this is so great. It really could be her best album.

kitchen person, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:46 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

every track on songs for you is brilliant

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

Not sure I'm at >Aquarius level yet

yes! I am at >>Aquarius level now

rob, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:11 (one month ago) link


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