Autre Ne Veut is elusive, skirting easy classification as pop, as R&B, as soul. To be fair, he might be the perfect triangulation of all three. His glitzy jams are full of drama and emotion, complimented here by Arthur Ashin’s playlist. Ashin, if you ever do “Climax” at karaoke, will you please make sure someone is making a video and put it on YouTube? Thanks. Same deal goes with Chief Keef, actually.
Autre Ne Veut’s new album Anxiety drops February 26th.
Autre Ne Veut
1. Nicki Minaj – “Come on a Cone”
Just really love the way that they cut from her freaking the fuck out straight back to a calm swagger flow. Points toward a level of cognizance that I don’t think she’s credited for.
2. A$AP Rocky – “Fuckin’ Problems”
3. Chief Keef – “I Don’t Like”
This bro’s fucked and this track is so full of that. Really amazing.
4. Usher – “Climax”
Favorite song of last year. Still listen to it this year. Perfect level of reserve. Still haven’t done it at karaoke though.
5. Van Morrison – “Ballerina”
Whole record is phenomenal. Heartbreaking. Embarrassingly earnest. Major influence on my work. Too bad my manager doesn’t like it.
6. Gyptian – “Hold Ya”
Dude’s vocal style is so beautiful. He’s like to contemporary Desmond Dekker.
7. Sly & the Family Stone – “Just Like a Baby”
Just like “Ballerina” this is an arbitrary track choice from one of my top records of all time. Damaged drug funk/soul. Think my manager is down with this stuff.
8. Congos – “Children Crying”
First Congos track that I fell in love with. Reminds me of wasted days chilling in the park with a boombox. Zzzzzzz
9. Stevie Wonder – “Creepin’”
Weird stalker-y sex jam off of Fulfillingness’ First Finale. Love the little moment where the backing vocalist does that run after “Love is so amazing….” Stevie’s all about the little things.
10. Justin Timberlake – “What Goes Around…”
This was my go to dishwashing record in ’06. His recent return reminded me of how much I loved it.