Listens for the Week #7: Filip Neuf, John Coltrane, Rina Sawayama
Updated: May 14
Every week, I offer three recommendations: something new, something classic, and something I love. This week, I've been on a high from seeing Rina Sawayama live and haven't gotten enough of her music. Besides that, I'm still diving through Nas's discography, and I've made room for some new underground hip hop as well.
Filip Neuf - Riviera Arkestra (2022)
The long-awaited album from Filip Neuf is an incredible hip hop album with a good balance of instrumental tracks and songs with features. The album captures a summery and serene sound, fitting the album's title perfectly. A range of features from Unruly to YL offer great verses, but Filip also makes sure to put himself in the spotlight with instrumental tracks which highlight his amazing ability as a producer.
John Coltrane - Sun Ship (1965)
Sun Ship is an amazing jazz album from Coltrane which blends the chaotic sound of free jazz with the more laid-back sound of spiritual jazz. There are long stretches of quiet followed by bursts of noise with instruments clashing against each other. The album ebbs and flows between these calmer and messier moments, making this one of his most atmospheric and exciting works.
Something I Love
Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA (2020)
This is quickly becoming one of my favourite albums ever, and deserves to be in the conversation for best pop album of the decade. Rina is so eccentric and creative, fusing elements from all across the musical spectrum. There's elements of rock and metal here, balladry, and dance, made cohesive by Rina's irresistible pop sound and strong vocals. It captures the fun of mainstream pop but she never sacrifices her creativity for a more casual sound. She's found the perfect balance between eccentricity and accessibility. By the end of her career, Rina Sawayama will be known as one of the most brilliant artists in pop this century.