In Artists That Do Not Have a Wikipedia Page, I highlight 5 songs by artists that don’t have a Wikipedia page at the time of writing. A Spotify playlist is also included.
This is one of those ideas I’ve been sitting on for a while. It partially stems from a party that Cooper and I threw in the fall of 2016. There are lots of great artists out there that aren’t big, but they have great music. How can I feature those? How do I create some threshold that determines whether an artist is “big” or not?
Some musicians you may not have heard of are pretty successful and really shouldn’t be featured in something like this. One of my favorites, SebastiAn, did some production on three songs by Frank Ocean and was the guy talking in a fourth track. He’s not well known but he has done well in the music world. Ultimately, I came back to some conversations with my friends Derek and Luis, and settled on a single, objective metric: Do the artists I feature have a Wikipedia page?
Each of these articles will follow a simple format: First, a Spotify playlist of all the songs, and then short individual reviews and info for each one. I’m going to stick with five songs each for now as well.
So, now that all the dumb explanations are out of the way, here’s the first playlist:
1. A Nigga Bleed Kush
Artist: Ruben Slikk
Album/EP: King Astro Slikk The Magnificent
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Review: A Nigga Bleed Kush starts off funky and fresh. It also stays funky and fresh. What more could you ask for? Ruben Slikk has smooth flow and soft but not-too-soft voice. The chorus is catchy and simple (in a good way). The verses last just the right length. The instrumental outro is also a treat. The song could feel a little more “full”, but beyond that it’s real nice.
Artist: 18 Carat Affair
Album/EP: Vintage Romance
Genre: New Age
Review: Desire instantly sounds like the kind of song that would fit in perfectly when lounging around late at night. Faint vocal samples lend a nice aura to this song. The lyrics mention a summer night and you can just feel the refreshing breeze of a summer night blowing in through the window when you listen to this song. If you don’t like songs that are somewhat faint then you might not like this, but if that’s something that doesn’t bother you or that you enjoy, this song is really nice.
3. Flight Attendant
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Country: South Korea
Review: This song is seriously fresh. It incorporates a lot of electronic elements in a very satisfying way to create a solid beat. The way it does so is something that I haven’t noticed in most hip hop/rap either. The drop in Flight Attendant is real nice, kicking in a really satisfying amount of bass. The flow is very unique here as well, with lyrics shifting back and forth between English and what I’m assuming is Korean. This is a real unique song and it is without a doubt worth the listen.
4. The Cross
Artist: Makeup and Vanity Set
Review: This song sounds somewhat reminiscent of Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack, but that doesn’t quite do this song justice as it stands well on its own and doesn’t sound quite like a soundtrack. If I had to stick a label on it, it falls somewhere square in between standard electro and soundtracks like that of Tron Legacy. It somewhat reminds me of some of Blank Banshee‘s more mainstream tracks. It has smooth synths, rising and fading melodies, and a solid beat throughout. I do think the distortion near the middle of the song is a bit strong however. Beyond that though, the song is able to feel like it’s treading new ground in a stimulating way throughout.
Artist: SENBEï (featuring Miscellaneous)
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Review: There’s a lot that I like about this song. The electronic swooshes that compromise a lot of the beat are smooth and sound real nice. The Asian influences give this song a unique feel as well. The lyrics don’t stand out as particularly good, but they don’t stand out in a bad way either. The flow is real good though.