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because this dude has outgrown the R&B thread

bron paul (k3vin k.), Sunday, 4 March 2012 07:06 (five years ago) Permalink

new ep is fantastic. 'adorn' and 'gravity' are immediately brilliant but 'that i do' has also really grown on me. i only really remember loving 'sure thing' and 'all i want is you' from the album last year but this has made me wanna relisten.

bass, Sunday, 4 March 2012 11:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I've come to the opinion that "Quickie" is the best single from the debut

marissa explains it all (The Reverend), Sunday, 4 March 2012 12:18 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i love the new EP, this after "all i want is you" and "sure thing" were basically my favorite r&b songs of the past 2 years. he's making a case for replacing jeremih as my facvorite male r&b singer

bron paul (k3vin k.), Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:19 (five years ago) Permalink

how big is this dude now I have no sense of scale for pop music anymore

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:46 (five years ago) Permalink

genuinely like what I've heard of his

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

"Adorn" is the best song I've heard this year. Thanks Rev!

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 4 March 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

how big is this dude now I have no sense of scale for pop music anymore

― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, March 4, 2012 12:46 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark

"sure thing" was the #1 song on u.s. urban radio last year and his song w/ wale brings his total of big r&b hits to 4, but he hasn't crossed over to pop audiences at all, even to the moderate extent of trey songz or whoever

some dude, Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

so sad that adorn is only 2:19 long

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

i guess he's in that weird robin thicke zone of 'non-black r&b singer whose fanbase is predominantly black'

some dude, Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born in Los Angeles.[1][2] He is one of two sons born to a Mexican father and an African American mother.[2]

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:24 (five years ago) Permalink

oh word, i thought he was just full on hoos is mexican

some dude, Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:25 (five years ago) Permalink

so sad that adorn is only 2:19 long

― flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:21 AM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is prob the best part about it!

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

like it ends and I'm all "what a good song that was"

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

what a good post that was

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

I grew up w/ indian parents who only listened to indian music but since I grew up in new orleans they also listened to a lot of aaron neville and only nevilee (????) and I think there is something nevilleish abt this that I really appreciate

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

didn't mean to spell him wrong the second time

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

"that i do" is incredible

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Sunday, 4 March 2012 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

"gravity" is my favourite on the EP i think

"adorn" hasn't clicked with me yet, i think with these reedy-voiced guys like miguel and jeremih, i find myself either falling head over heels with songs where some alchemy makes them sound perfect ("sure thing", "birthday sex", "imma star") or i'm left a bit cold.

lex pretend, Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:19 (five years ago) Permalink

the production doesn't grab you?

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:22 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think anything on the EP touches "adorn" but that's the single of the year so far, so no biggie

J0rdan S., Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:24 (five years ago) Permalink

it's nice? it might sneak up on me in time.

it's not the single of the year, it's not even the r&b single of the year lol

lex pretend, Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:25 (five years ago) Permalink

*shrug*

J0rdan S., Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:25 (five years ago) Permalink

yah "adorn" is my favorite song this year too i think. out of the 20 i've heard at least

bron paul (k3vin k.), Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:48 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think anything on the EP touches "adorn" but that's the single of the year so far, so no biggie

― J0rdan S., Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:24 PM (25 minutes ago) Bookmark

haven't heard it yet but aren't there only like 2 other songs on the EP? 'best of three' is kind of...anyway "Adorn" is nice but i have absolutely no idea how it's in any way different from or better than anything off the first album.

some dude, Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:53 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm not saying that it is! just that it's the best song i've heard this year

J0rdan S., Sunday, 4 March 2012 23:56 (five years ago) Permalink

"gravity" is really good too

al you don't see how "adorn" is stylistically different than like, "sure thing"?

bron paul (k3vin k.), Monday, 5 March 2012 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

you just gotta vibe to adorn, dude

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 5 March 2012 00:20 (five years ago) Permalink

i vibe to it, but i also vibe to his whole album.

at this point he's only got a fairly small number of songs out that are all good to great and none too similar to each other. so "adorn" is unique but of a piece of that body of work just as "sure thing" is. its brevity is the only thing i see as any kind of departure.

some dude, Monday, 5 March 2012 01:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to check out this ep. Thanks

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 March 2012 15:30 (five years ago) Permalink

So I found this 2005 12-inch in a dollar bin a year and a half ago, and I bought it on the off chance it was the same Miguel. Turns out it was. The song is very much a product of its time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC0JalDPiqI

Evan R, Monday, 5 March 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

just went on Spotify to see if they had the new EP, they don't, but they do have a single he apparently released in 2011 called "Strawberry Amazing," which i had never heard anything about before, pretty good, very lo-fi Prince

something i noticed on the Art Dealer Chic liner notes -- Miguel self-produced the whole thing (except for one co-production from Fisticuffs, who did "Quickie" and "Girls Like You"). afaik Miguel didn't really do any of the production on the first album, so it looks like he's really stepping up and getting more involved in that side of things.

some dude, Monday, 5 March 2012 15:44 (five years ago) Permalink

"Strawberry Amazing" was on his 2008's Mischief, too, and he co-produced that entire mixtape with Fisticuffs. That mixtape was super lo-fi; it sounds like he recorded it with a Casio and a boombox, but you can definitely hear a lot of echoes of the new EP in it.

Evan R, Monday, 5 March 2012 16:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't really feel like the Jive album sanded off the edges of that aesthetic much at all, give or take a few of the more established producers' contributions

some dude, Monday, 5 March 2012 16:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I agree. When I first heard the Jive album, I was actually surprised by how low-budget it sounded at times, especially the Fisticuffs productions. Because it came out so quietly at the time (this was before "Sure Thing" had any legs) I was wondering if Jive had cut corners and were just trying to bury the album. It definitely took a few listens for some of the more muffled production to make sense.

Evan R, Monday, 5 March 2012 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I kind of think of that hazy, reverbed vibe as the album's distinguishing characteristic. Gives it a very warm, intimate feel. Although a lot of that is down to Miguel himself, too.

marissa explains it all (The Reverend), Monday, 5 March 2012 17:33 (five years ago) Permalink

like Strawberry Amazing but always hear a little Lenny Kravitz :/

bnw, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:32 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think anything on the EP touches "adorn" but that's the single of the year so far, so no biggie

― J0rdan S., Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:24 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark

'adorn' is great but the single of the year so far is obv 'climax'

flagp∞st (dayo), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 14:01 (five years ago) Permalink

"Climax" hasn't really hit me yet. I'm an "Adorn" partisan.

marissa explains it all (The Reverend), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 00:26 (five years ago) Permalink

'adorn' is great but the single of the year so far is obv 'climax'

wanna say "dayo otm", but i guess i got something to listen to when i get home

meticulously showcased in a stunning fart presentation (contenderizer), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 00:29 (five years ago) Permalink

My ex is friends w his little brother lol. Apparently he sings too tho not professionally afaik

I like miguel. Sure thing was never my thing but he has a great voice and feels like a genuine original

D-40, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 01:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I think EZsnappin nailed it on tumblr where he said "Adorn" sounds like early-80s Marvin. The greater trick though, is that he achieves that vibe without any air of tribute or homage.

marissa explains it all (The Reverend), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 05:21 (five years ago) Permalink

ban dayo

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 7 March 2012 05:22 (five years ago) Permalink

"adorn" is so killing me atm

meticulously showcased in a stunning fart presentation (contenderizer), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 05:27 (five years ago) Permalink

i agree with dayo that "climax" is better than "adorn"

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 10:58 (five years ago) Permalink

"Adorn" makes me think of Prince fwiw

D-40, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 11:16 (five years ago) Permalink

it makes me think of Prince less than 80% of his material but he definitely wrote it in part because he couldn't write another song called "Adore"

some dude, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 11:51 (five years ago) Permalink

nbd, just a cross between marvin gaye & prince

john-claude van donne (schlump), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 12:41 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

vol 2, tomorrow

if you feeling frogbs, leap (The Reverend), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

my neighbors always know when I come home because I bump adorn 4 times

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:14 (five years ago) Permalink

On All I Want Is You and Kaleidoscope Dream (and even the Mischief tape) he was so hungry for the music he was making, he was just fiending for it. Not he seems so indifferent and disengaged. Not into it at all; feels like he's lost his muse and doesn't even care to replace it

Evan R, Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

i can tell you what his muse is, it's weed

J0rdan S., Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I thought his cat was :(

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:08 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess this confirms "Come Through and Chill" was an album preview.

billstevejim, Friday, 22 September 2017 15:59 (two months ago) Permalink

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

this is ok. why is it coming out at the end of the summer though

maura, Friday, 29 September 2017 15:06 (one month ago) Permalink

That Late Show tv version of "Skywalker" sounds better than the Miguel by numbers version I have heard on late-night programming on a Baltimore r'n'b/rap station. The radio version isn't terrible, just formulaic mostly.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 September 2017 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Miguel is living his best life but making his worst music

Evan R, Friday, 29 September 2017 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

file under sad but true

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:48 (one month ago) Permalink

He lost me completely

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Good for him that his finally getting mainstream feats and recognition but I don’t think it’ll last too long if he doesn’t bring back the awesomeness of his previous albums.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:04 (one month ago) Permalink

he's probably at his lowest ebb of mainstream recognition right now...

J0rdan S., Saturday, 30 September 2017 19:52 (one month ago) Permalink

classic moka/j0rdan

gr8080, Friday, 6 October 2017 20:09 (one month ago) Permalink

ive warmed up to skywalker def

johnny crunch, Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i mean, i guess this probably shouldn't count as it's a cartoon soundtrack duet cut but this makes three bad tracks in a row
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iDxU9eNQ_0

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 27 October 2017 19:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

ugh saw Miguel on the new music list and got excited, pretty bad though

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 27 October 2017 19:25 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i've come all the way around on "sky walker", i think it's a really fun song. the video sells it well too.

J0rdan S., Friday, 27 October 2017 19:39 (four weeks ago) Permalink

this thread's reaction to it was entirely predictable but also completely incorrect

J0rdan S., Friday, 27 October 2017 19:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

if you say so. still sounds like garbage to me.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 27 October 2017 19:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

let miguel be cool

J0rdan S., Friday, 27 October 2017 19:47 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i mean it is becoming a hit but idk i still don't really like it

dyl, Friday, 27 October 2017 19:52 (four weeks ago) Permalink

(which is more than i expected would happen, i should say)

dyl, Friday, 27 October 2017 19:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

it's really catchy & i think has a lot of personality actually

J0rdan S., Friday, 27 October 2017 20:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

this is great yall trippin

― Spottie, Friday, August 25, 2017 3:59 PM (two months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I still love it.

Spottie, Friday, 27 October 2017 21:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

sky walker owns

||||||||, Friday, 27 October 2017 22:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i've come all the way around on "sky walker", i think it's a really fun song. the video sells it well too.

― J0rdan S., Friday, October 27, 2017 12:39 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah i like it a lot now

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 27 October 2017 22:12 (four weeks ago) Permalink

"told you so" is giving me art dealer chic flashbacks *_*

J0rdan S., Friday, 3 November 2017 04:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

New album out December 1 titled War & Leisure

monotony, Friday, 3 November 2017 05:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“told you so” is fuckin incredible

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 3 November 2017 12:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah!

maura, Friday, 3 November 2017 13:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

woo!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 November 2017 13:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

agreed, this is his first great track in a minute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnhlTS8RgUM

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 3 November 2017 15:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

f/w this

k3vin k., Friday, 3 November 2017 17:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sounds like MGMT Electric Feel.

Spottie, Friday, 3 November 2017 20:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

love that song

J0rdan S., Friday, 3 November 2017 20:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

same. this is good but i like the other one better

Spottie, Friday, 3 November 2017 20:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this rules. it took a bit but I like Sky Walker now too. Shockandawe is still bad but doesn't seem to be on the album thankfully?

ufo, Friday, 3 November 2017 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Damn his voice is supple

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 November 2017 21:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/miguel-on-politics-adelanto-new-album-war-and-leisure-w509919

For Miguel, participating in the October 20th press conference and concert (the #SchoolsNotPrisons concert at the Adelanto Stadium baseball field) is part of a personal, slowly evolving engagement with the political moment, inspired by such musical heroes as Prince, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. "They all cared. It's a human thing," says Miguel. "They all pushed the boundaries in their own way. They all challenged us to look at things a different way. I saw that from the artists I love, and I decided I want to do that. To be an artist is to deal with what's happening in your time."

His upcoming fourth album, War & Leisure, is still overwhelmingly upbeat and concerned with the personal and romantic, but it also contains "Now," a questioning socially conscious ballad in the spirit of Lauryn Hill and Sam Cooke. Accompanied by layers of guitar and heavenly, electronic sounds, Miguel sings:

"CEO of the free world now/Build your walls up high and wide ... /Should we teach our children hatred?/Chase the innocent and shoot them down? ... /Is that the look of freedom, now?/Is that the sound of freedom?"
Last November, at age 31, the Grammy-winning soul artist voted in his first presidential election. "Politics, I didn't have a personal interest," Miguel admits. "I didn't really care. What is my one vote? That was my attitude."

He liked President Obama, but didn't feel drawn to the political process until last year's rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries. "Watching him made me interested," said Miguel. "It was also our peers, our conversations, and seeing people really get behind him who shared similar values." Even after Sanders lost the nomination, Miguel stayed engaged through the general election.

After voting, he spent election night with his fiancée at an arcade and played air hockey as the TVs slowly revealed the results, state by state. "The shit started rolling in," remembers Miguel, who tried to stay positive until the results were clear. "With the election going in a direction way unexpected, I couldn't take my eyes off it. I couldn't not pay attention now."

maura, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 20:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks.

For part of the drive, he listens to the latest mixes of War & Leisure, due out December 1st, and finds more to tinker with.

I guess its done, now? That was October 20th.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKwAib6LosM

this is the best one yet, so gorgeous

ufo, Friday, 17 November 2017 11:14 (one week ago) Permalink

I love the bass.

This could've been on the last album.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 November 2017 11:36 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah this is one of my favorites although i have a lot of them

maura, Friday, 17 November 2017 12:18 (one week ago) Permalink

yoooooooo

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 17 November 2017 13:16 (one week ago) Permalink

"pineapple skies" and "told you so" have gotten me pretty excited for the album... could shape up to be better than wildheart for me :)

dyl, Friday, 17 November 2017 14:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is so dope. Previewed on Snoop's youtube channel iirc

MikoMcha, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:35 (one week ago) Permalink

damn this is electrifying, maybe better than anything on Wildheart. I'd basically written him off after all his garbage singles this year; feels good to be reminded why I used to adore this guy

Evan R, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Told You So and Pineapple Skies are both so awesome that I feel bad that I doubted him. I'm still waiting for Skywalker to click.

kitchen person, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah I wouldn't hold me breath for that. I dunno if the tracklist has been released, but I'm still holding out hope Skywalker doesn't make the cut. Can't imagine how any album could work around that dog pile.

Evan R, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:23 (one week ago) Permalink

"sky walker" is on it. also you're wrong

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 17 November 2017 18:20 (one week ago) Permalink

"sky walker" is my least favorite among what's widely available so far but i can stomach it now, i accept it and don't feel it will be terribly out of place. honestly i'm just glad ~the marketplace~ is still allowing him to get hits even if they're not going to be the best work he's capable of.

dyl, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:01 (one week ago) Permalink


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