You should be familiar with vocalist Corina Corina, as she has been featured on ThisIsBooksMusic.com a number of times in the last year. Now you can make yourself at home with her new project, a duo that teams herself with guitarist/vocalist Jesse O’Neill. Together they are Max Caddy, and the two have put together a 5-song EP simply called Caddy Tracks that merges Corina Corina’s style of singing and widens it with some of O’Neill’s influences, bringing together a sound that I think compliments each other quite well. It can sound like Americana, it’s very bluesy (if not ballsy) and soulful, and because of that, there’s the potential for them to seriously rock out. Produced and mastered by Willie Green, Caddy Tracks is a mere scoop of the goodness I hope will come from them.
No, this is not a reference to The Moody Blues album, but Days of Future Past is a brand new product from Willie Green, and this one is packed with some nice tracks and beat excursions, a total of 38 songs in total. Whether it’s a view of tracks featuring other rappers or explorations of his beat genius, this is one that serves as a decent street or beat album, but also as a “resume tape” of sorts, including a few gems you might be familiar with, including the great “Diary Of A Dreamer” featuring PremRock.
It’s free for the taking, so stream and listen if you like, and if you really like, download it in the format of your choice.
Illustrate has a backpack on, and he’s doing his thing on the sidewalk.
Corina Corina is showing off her tattoos, she’s doing her thing with a leisurely stroll.
Together, they come together for an Illustrate track he calls “illa”, and while it may not be a bright summer day (as the video shows us), it may remind us that summer days, at least in the northern hemisphere, are a mere six months away. The song is from Illustrate’s mix EP, One For Me, the second half of the One For You/One For Me equation.
The Eargasm begins with “The Familiar” where she talks about placing a tattoo of California on her right wrist so she will not forget where she came from. By establishing her roots, we are allowed to here what inspired here and and what she plans on doing. “The Good Life” is a hint of the next level, and what I like about this track is that she sings over a soulful electronic vibe, and yet she sounds like she would be comfortable in rock or even country. “Love Love Love” has her rattling off the things she has admiration from, and that no matter what she loves, she will remain herself.
“Royalty” has her singing away from electronic beats and samples, and is just her with piano accompaniment, and this one shows Corina Corina has someone who is able to bring in people with the kind of emotional impact she provides. “OD Love” sounds like a cross between dubstep and dancehall, and I love how she bounces back and forth between singing in a falsetto and spoken word, it just pops the song off right and it works for her beautifully.
The album ends with a cover of D’Angelo’s “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine”, featuring her and an acoustic guitarist. Simplifying the song to its bare essence works for her, and ending the album in this way is the perfect way for her to say “this has been my show, I hope you will come back once again very soon.”
I love the production done by Willie Green for this project, I would love for Corina Corina to work with more collaborators and producers in order to bring out more of the moments that I am catching here, but not in full. She does a great job in doing her electronic style, but there are qualities in her voice that show so much more and I’d like for her to incorporate more of that into what she does. In other words, don’t get rid of what she has offered, but bring out some of the qualities that are being taken for granted. Don’t overlook all that is there, because I hear it. As it stands, The Eargasm is quite pleasing to the ear and I hope she will continue to stimulate our minds and hearts with the voice that she has. I look forward to the possible “afterglow”.
PremRock‘s Mark’s Wild Years is an album that takes the music of Tom Waits and chops it up in hip-hop form to create a set of songs that unite both styles in the most perfect way. Just as Waits’ music touches on the fabric of America, PremRock uses his style to tell stories in a fashion that is made more effective with the backdrop of Waits. Some of the tracks utilizes the stories of Waits while others are of PremRock’s own doing, but each talk about the struggles of life, the complexities of being and in truth are the perfect display of modern storytelling done in the best and most effective way: through music.
By the time the album reaches the end, you feel like you fully understand where PremRock is coming from, or at least fully understand a chapter or two from his songbook and what he meant to express to you for this project. What moved me the most is that this is storytelling, not bullshit words over bullshit music, this is part of a template that was once treated with respect. Allow me to let you know why this template is one that still works, and why in a better world, this would be a great example of how to do hip-hop in a proper fashion.
A Ouija board is not able to truly predict ones future, at least not to everyone’s satisfaction, and who really knows if crystal balls truly work. What you need to do is to put yourself in action, get moving, and find a way to achieve your goals and dreams, and it seems Corina Corina is ready to do so.
Now she’s ready to release an album called The Eargasm, and this is her first video from it, a song produced by Willie Green. It is “The Familiar”, which can mean a number of things but by seeing the title, it’s also a way to say get familiar with Corina Corina. I posted the song four months ago, so if you became a fan after taking a listen, check out how she represents herself in video form and wait to see what happens next.
Producer Willie Green has been creating some incredible tracks, mixing it up between hip-hop and instrumental electronic landscapes. Now he’s revealing something and someone new, at least to some people. It may come as a surprise for fans of Green’s work, but then again, it’s all a part of making music and sharing one’s appreciation for it.
Introducing Corina Corina. Her Bandcamp page shows some of the songs she has done background vocals for, but consider this her formal introduction, and what a way to do it. “The Familiar” is a phase that might suggest “oh, this sounds like something I heard before. But within that word “familiar” is also the word “familia”, and thus “family”. Within families are an exchange of stories and experiences that can hopefully be passed on from one to the other, and continue the fabric of life that is family and unity. Whether it’s a habitual family, a close circle of friends, or the community of musicians, singers, and creatives, Corina Corina is someone who wishes to light the spark of the telling of her story by sharing her story in “The Familiar”. While many artists have done the autobiographical thing with mixed results, Corina Corina does it quite well because it sounds honest and genuine, without it sounding like an advertising pitch. It’s her from the mind to the pen (or computer screen) to the microphone to the ears outside of the recording process, and… perhaps her story is indeed familiar to you? Welcome her, and if this is to your liking, then indeed get familiar. She has a full-length album due out very soon called The Eargasm, and like Johnnie Taylor who released an album with a very familiar-sounding title back in 1976, you may find yourself moving her music in and out of your mind, and that’s a good thing.