As soon as the first track drops, you realise that this album is going to be different. The expectations of a post-‘Take Care’ album are immediately met and exceeded in the 6 minute-long intro. Despite following a large number of Hip Hop releases this year, ‘Nothing Was The Same’ is definitely not the same. Drake effortlessly reminds the world of his place in the industry, from his trademark lovelorn brooding to his radio-friendly hooks, and this album lives up to being one of the most anticipated of the year.
By the time the listener reaches ‘Started From The Bottom’, the only chart-oriented song on the album, even mainstream-hating hipsters will have been swayed enough by Drake’s talents to listen through without as much as cursing once. Trust me, I did it. Featuring vocals from Jhene Aiko and Jay-Z and even an 80s-House inspired cut, Drake proves his ability as a writer of songs where you can simply stick your earphones in and shut out the rest of the world. The Deluxe Edition also includes three new songs that the album feels slightly empty without.
Drake’s music, or at least what chart-followers never get to hear, has always been love-oriented and has the ability to bring out the emotional vulnerability of its listeners. The method in which Drake invites his audience into his chaotic mind has to be his biggest selling point and this album showcases it better than any. ‘Nothing Was The Same’ by no means outshines ‘Take Care’, nor is it inferior to its predecessor. The two albums more exist as extensions of each other, providing those sitting alone in their rooms (or Marvin’s?) with a larger catalogue of music to cry over. To any Drake sceptics, it is definitely worth taking a moment to listen to this album all the way through. And if that doesn’t work, at least be sure to save it for those future rainy days.
-- Kartik Gohil
So MØ, for those who have not yet come across this Scandinavian minx’s highly infatuating music, has taken a certain sub-section of music by storm this past year or so. It started with an audio only version of her debut release Maiden that can still be found on her youtube channel MOMOMOYOUTH. The usual limited physical releases tied in with occasional new pieces and a small but well planned European tour followed culminating in a few festival appearances this summer.
She has a distinct style [good] which is both easy on the ears [better] and, more importantly, genuinely inspired and memorable [best]. Her album is out soon, but you can listen to her entire official back-catalogue in about half an hour and I highly suggest you do. Anyway her new track XXX 88 ft. Diplo is both new and recognisably MØ, with the punctual vocal percussive woops and stutters and the catchy synth driven hooks that can only be described as phat. Diplo [of Major Lazer fame] adds to the almost bouncy synth some well placed sampled horns that give it that Jamaican vibe and the overall mastering quality of this track makes it deserving of a loud headphone listen. Catch her live in LDN soon.