Face Off features two tracks, both unknown and unheard by myself. Did I mention these tracks are selected specifically because they encompass genres that I am ignorant of, or generally avoid? Well, there’s that too. Oh, and they are from the Hype Machine charts, so apparently they are fairly popular.
Face Off is meant to be a fun interlude in the seriousness of music blogging…if blogging can be called serious, which it cannot. I tackle songs I would never give a second thought, or delve into genres where I’d be better off sticking my own foot in my mouth than try to talk intelligently about them. Read and listen responsibly. Enjoy!
Atlas Genius – “If So (Magic Man Remix)” – #6 on remix only charts
I chose this Atlas Genius remix because I have heard this song ad nauseum. You could call it too much FIFA 13, but I swear I have heard this thing just shy of a million times in the past year between that game and other sources. In early February, I even wrote a touch about it. If anyone could make me love it again, though, I guess Magic Man might be able to do some…well, magic.
Magic Man shot onto my radar earlier this year and I loved them and their short EP (they also have some cool tees). Atlas Genius is wholly unfamilar to me outside of “If So”. It’s pretty hard for me to get past my fatigue on this track. I did enjoy it in the beginning because it sounded so big, but much like when you hear the same tracks repeatedly on the radio, I’m just ready for something different.
There’s some beautiful electronics here, and what was a big sound is now absolutely huge with the Magic Man touch but… Magic Man made it more palatable, but I’ve just heard it too much. It’s a pretty good pop track, and the remix is even better, it’s just not for me anymore. There’s probably a ton of you who love it, so for now I’m gonna sit on my porch and tell you to get off my lawn!
Hoodie Allen – No Interruption (Acoustic) – Americoustic — Purchase on iTunes —- #6 on no remix charts
This dude puts out a lot of music, no? Shy of the Arctic Monkeys, I doubt I’ve covered another artist to near the extent that I have Hoodie Allen. He’s been kind of our rap equilibrium, his fun and catchy tunes balancing out the bleakness that covers the majority of tracks I hear on a daily basis. If you’re a longtime reader, you know I am no fan of sad, depressing music, so I feel like Hoodie and I sort of work towards the same ends, even if we really don’t have a whole to do with each other.
A few days back, Mr. Allen announced he was putting out an acoustic album of some of his most popular tracks. I was intrigued, but more because of the reasons behind the album than the premise of the album itself. Hoodie Allen said he wanted to do “something unique that I’d never seen a rapper do before”. I will agree, I can’t recall a rapper ever doing this. I’d also opine that he’s pretty much doing things about as uniquely as they come, anyway. Regardless of your opinion on the subject matter and style of Hoodie’s work (and I’ve noticed that 2013 has resulted in the first bit of backlash I’ve seen for the rapper), what he produces fills a void that no one else is filling and folks love it. He also doubles as the world’s best PR man, for himself, by being open about everything and I think everyone appreciates that.
Now, the track. I would’ve probably enjoyed “No Interruption” acoustically much more if there was more rapping. At first I thought it was an a capella album, but it’s certainly full on acoustic. To be honest, it reminds me a bit of parts of The Eminem Show by Eminem (“Hailie’s Song” in particular) – the album when he really busted out his singing chops for better or worse (I liked it). That’s where I stand with Hoodie, though he certainly can carry a tune much better than Slim Shady. It’s not a bad rendition, but if we were gonna go full on singing I’d not have minded a cover by Kina Grannis instead and completely new music from Mr. Allen.
All in all, there’s nothing wrong with the sound and if you’re into Hoodie you’re going to enjoy it, it was just not really what I was expecting.
Despite my concerns, gonna give this win to Hoodie.