Music Recommendation – Single – Aloe Blacc, Together (RED)

Aloe Blacc’s combat against AIDS (I am not using this for any sort of joke, I swear this is part of a line of music by Coca-Cola to boost the awareness of the disease) is his song Together. The brand new release features an uptempo mix of Pop and Soul.

Aloe Blacc’s lyricism has always stood out, but this song is truly inspirational. It stays on point pertaining to overcoming an obstacle, and the meaning in itself is enough to give the passionate work a listen. However, the song itself is actually really good.

Most people tend to compare Blacc’s music to his hit The Man, which was good, but not just a template to base other singles by the artist to. Together has its individual appeal, with a pace closer to his appearance in Wake Me Up. His voice can be trumped by the background “la la la”, but the atmosphere remains, making the song enjoyable.

I like the song, but the repetition is a bit disappointing when aware of the incredible lyricism that Blacc’s music normally possesses. The “la la la” constantly kills the mood a bit, but otherwise the song is a fun and motivational listen. Overall, I would rate it at 8.5/10. Go ahead and listen to the song below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Dilated Peoples ft. Aloe Blacc, Show Me The Way

I felt like I had to give this song a listen when I saw an Aloe Blacc feature. When was the last time you saw an Aloe Blacc feature (without counting Wake Me Up)? I had yet to hear Dilated Peoples as well, so this song had a little bit of pressure to perform. So does it do the trick?

I was impressed by Show Me The Way, which features both a catchy Soul-type hook and deep Hip-Hop verses. This song looks like it is the most popular track on the Directors Of Photography album that Dilated Peoples just released, with good reason. The flow on the first verse felt a bit off, but improves by the bridge and finale verse.

Aloe Blacc’s voice is very muffled, which is disappointing. When you have Aloe Blacc on the hook, you might want to emphasize it on his voice and not the beat. Just my own (un)professional opinion, but regardless the song pulls it off well. It appears that this song has been given some praise from Hip-Hop listeners as well, and feels less like mainstream rap and more like true Hip-Hop in its sound.

Overall, I would rate the song at 9.25/10. A few of the lines are a little too stereo-typically rap while others are creative and contemplative. I wish I could hear more of that, but whatcha gonna do? Give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath