Not to be harsh or anything, but summer is almost over, guys. That means we need to fill our lives with plenty of summertime bops and play them on repeat until it's officially over. Luckily for us a lot of awesome music was put out just before the tail-end of the season!
Check out some of the highlights in albums and songs with the Source Material installment for August.
"Pay Attention" – Russell James
New to the Oregon scene is New Mexico's Russell James. Having relocated to Corvallis just this summer, James' third LP will make for a good welcome into the music community. "Pay Attention" is a combination of elements that James has called "dreamfolk." The album's base is built upon traditional folk, yes—but James experimented with more ambient sounds to give the project a vast range of electronic depth. So, he's pretty spot-on with dreamfolk. The album's opener, "1994," is a nostalgic trip that details some vivid memories of James' youth. His imagery here and throughout the album is excellent and a consistent highpoint to this collection of emotionally driven songs.
"So Much Fun" – Young Thug
"Live on Ice" – Tobi Lou
As one of the most promising young artists of today, Chicago's Tobi Lou has officially started showing up on the world's radar with the release of his first full-length project, "Live on Ice." The artist isn't afraid to be quirky in his songs, filling them up with inside details from his life or interests (he loves cartoons so much he might actually be one). One thing this album makes clear is that he is significantly more than just a rapper—he's wise beyond his years and puts his pop sensibility on full display (see "Humpty Dumpty" or "Ice Cream Girl" for reference). While being on ice generally cools you off, Tobi Lou is doing nothing but heating up.
Five for the Rotation"SUGAR" – Brockhampton
"Freedom" – Sampa the Great
"Sing Along" – Sturgill Simpson
"Southern Sky" – (Sandy) Alex G
"Daydreaming" – Milky Chance & Tash Sultana