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Kanye's former collaborator takes to the cosmos on surprise new album
New album ‘Satellite Flight’, dropped out of the blue a la Beyonce (and yes, Kanye) sees Mescudi at his most experimental yet. Continuing the space age theme of earlier albums ‘Man On The Moon’ I and II, it begins with Vangelis style synths on ‘Destination: Mother Moon’ and from there, boldly goes where few singer-rappers have been before, rocketing through an eclectic array of weed-addled sounds. ‘Copernicus Landing’ is a glitching cloud rap instrumental full of hazy beauty that morphs into something operatic, ‘Balmain Jeans’ posits lusting lyrics and ropey space sex innuendo (“can I come inside your vortex?”) against a backdrop of reverb-swamped keyboard strings and clicking beats, while ‘Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now’ sounds like The Weeknd and James Blake’s teaming up for a vocoder-laced rally against haters. ‘Return Of The Moon Man (Original Score)’, another instrumental, meanwhile clashes Hans Zimmer-esque cinematic swells with menacing electronic strings, like TNGHT scoring an Aliens film.
Originally meant as an EP, at 10 tracks ‘Satellite Flight’ is a leaner record than ‘Indicud’ and all the better for it. Brave and futuristic, by venturing into space, Mescudi finally steps out of Kanye’s shadow – with not just one small step, but one giant leap.
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