Two songs in heavy rotation are both Hip Hop with R&B soloists. Grab the mp3‘s below (the addenda are all links to amazon if your interested)!
- Call the Law, Outkast ft. Janelle Monae, Idlewild, 2006
I’m hooked from the scatting in the beginning under the romping jazz piano, to the easy, on-story lyrics of Antwone, to the long-form evocative story that Janelle Monae twirls about marital strife.
- Coffee, Aesop Rock ft. John Darnielle, None Shall Pass, 2007 Aesop flips easily into a west coast style, rocking sick cadences and metaphors, though still not sure what his lyrics are about. But John evocative Donny Brasco-esque moodiness with his extended vocals. “1967, Colt 45″.
Runner Up: Guitar Albums
- Mambo Sinuendo, by Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban, 2003
Classy, vintage Cuba/surfer vibe done by two guitarist giants in the game. Manuel Galban played on Buena Vista Social Club, which Ry Cooder introduced to the public.
- Masada Guitars, by John Zorn, 2003
Some of the best contemporary guitarists: Bill Frisell, Tim Sparks and Marc Ribot, tear up compositions by John Zorn. I think every track is incredible. The only album that compares to this
- The Guitarist, by John Williams, 1998
Exotic tunes, including Greek compositions and rounding out with some mellow Satie, woven together to make a great album.
- Deviations, by Dominic Frasca, 2005
A true virtuoso playing in the Minimalist genre.
2nd Runner Up Trend: [Brazilian] Girl Bands
- Bond do Role
- Cansei de Ser Sexy
- Nouvelle Vague (they may be French, but they do Bossa Nova-ish covers)
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs (ok, also not Brazilian, but hott)
3rd Runner Up Trend: Male + Female Vocalists