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The Week in Reviews (28 Jan – 4 Feb, 2016)

Animal Collective

Panda Bear takes the reigns at Animal Collective

Last year I was transfixed by Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, and if the new Animal Collective single is anything to go by, it looks like Panda Bear’s magic touch will be all over that, too. ’Lying In The Grass’ has his trademark busy, layered vocals (albeit losing some of the enunciation), acid squelches, disorderly flutes and a slapping drum. It’s all a bit of a mess and takes a few listens to parse, but after watching the manic video for ‘FloriDada’ (the earlier single) it’s a comparatively comfortable listen.

The Meek and Drake beef gets tastier

After a solid six months of unhealthy shit-talking, Meek Mill and Drake are finally starting to tender some worthy music. Drake’s latest, ’Summer Sixteen’, flagrantly emphasises his #bars alongside a tidy 40 beat and embraces a more vengeful, unlikable persona. Yet it’s still hard to take his claims to being “a real sicko” very seriously, and he offers up a tired diss at Meek’s shouting brand of rap (“You don’t have to try and say it louder / Trust me I heard you the first time”). Thing is, Meek is pretty good at shouting, and his response EP, 4/4 pt. 2 is solid. ’War Pain’ is the best cut; it’s a more considered response to the “culture vulture” than ‘Pray For ‘Em‘ from the first 4/4 EP was, but no less hostile. Hopefully it allows him to move on and stick to making music on his own terms… although I suspect that might take a few more months.

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