Catch of the Week: Anderson Paak Drops Timeless 'Malibu'
If you're anything like us, you're on the floor about this new Anderson Paak record. The sound this Cali-based musician brings to the table is truly one of its own, and Malibu explores this through an audial journey of 16-tracks full of hip hop, jazz, R&B, electro-funk... Just to name a few. His lyrics are as intelligent as the instrumentation that accompanies him, which will cause you to feel something of utter (musical) shock.
You'll find yourself pressing 'replay' several times before even making it halfway through the project. A second, third, fourth listen is found to be necessary, as Paak's complexities and infectious production need to be absorbed with the utmost undivided attention. We'll try to give you a break down of what to expect, but take it from us - you'll need to set aside time to explore the brilliance of Malibu.
"The Bird" starts the record with rich guitar tones, sexy trumpet incorporation, jazzy keys topped off with a dirty bassline. It feels extremely timeless, and AP had every intention on sharing a story to open this project. He's not messing around, and opening Malibu with this smooth song is enough to sell you on the rest.
Boom! "Heart Don't Stand a Chance" takes the mellowed-out vibes of the first track and kicks things into gear. The song is impressively reminiscent of Kendrick, with vocal layering and those signature hip hop claps that you find in urban music that is jazz influenced. Paired with dreamy keys and guitar solos, this instantly becomes a standout. To close and proceed into the next track, "The Waters," a word from a (currently) unknown subject states,
"I remember being tumbled around and not being able to get to the surface where the air was, and looking down and seeing my body spinning around in the white water..."
... And "The Waters" take you into the world of true hip hop. An appearance from BJ The Chicago Kid will pleasantly catch you off guard (unless you jumped to this track first, like many of us did...) And when the two collaborate it is absolute fire. Simply put: Bassline so dirty, flow so sick.
Our favorite song (and one of the first singles to preview Malibu) goes to "Am I Wrong," featuring TDE's ScHoolboy Q. With production by HW&W standout Pomo, what else would you expect other than an electro-funk party and space jazz vibes? That's exactly what AP and his crew are serving on a silver platter. We haven't stopped playing this for weeks, and we don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
DID WE MENTION THERE'S A HIATUS KAIYOTE SAMPLE!?
Let's not overkill you with our opinions, but we will strongly suggest you take our word: Malibu is an absolute masterpiece full of expression, innovation, and artistry. The grooves are deep, the songwriting is thought-provoking, and the overall composition feels seasoned, yet fresh and new. We're sure to be raving about this for many days to come - you will too.