Release Date: June 26, 2015
- Get Away
- Gabby (feat. Janelle Monae)
- Under Control
- Go With It (feat. Vic Mensa)
- Just Sayin/I Tried
- For The World (feat. James Fauntleroy)
- Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
- Special Affair
- Something’s Missing
- Partners In Crime Part Three
- Penthouse Cloud
- Palace/Curse (feat. Steve Lacy & Tyler, The Creator)
The Internet are a Hip-Hop Soul band consisting of Odd Future members Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians with touring members Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige, Christopher A. Smith and Steve Lacy rounding out the group.
Ego Death is their third studio album. Recorded over a three-week period, it showcases a grouping of mellow Neo-Soul tracks that feel more appropriate for an intimate listening experience rather than booming on the speakers of your ride.
Lead vocalist Syd tha Kid has a sultry sound to her voice that floats oh so nicely over the various beats that include a mix of Hip-Hop, R&B and Jazz. The album starts with Get Away. A song that evokes a strong sense of street swagger that hits you hard (especially that bass line) yet is softened up by the vocal performance and lyrical content.
And that tone is consistent throughout entire album making it incredibly engaging journey thorough songs about love, lust and some social commentary.
While it’s recommended that you listen to this album from beginning to end I know that some people just don’ t have the time or the patience to do so these days. So what exactly should you sample to get a taste of what Ego Death is about?
Besides the previously mentioned Get Away, another place to start is the lead single Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA) and then transition to Special Affair if you’re looking for some slow jam type goodness. If you want something with a bit more of a groove Under Control, Go With It (feat. Vic Mensa), and Just Sayin/I Tried will give you a good taste of what Ego Death has to offer.
In the end Ego Death can be considered something that has a more mature feel than the typical throwaway Urban music that pollutes the airwaves. It will probably take a certain mindset to truly embrace what is presented on here and if you’re a fan of Neo-Soul or alternative Hip-Hop you may find this to your liking.
Personally I believe there is that special something that will give this album a timeless feeling that will keep it fresh many years after its release.
For that and the fact this is a damn fine album front to back, I highly recommend you pick this up.