Despite only just being released, Igor has already been pretty much universally recognised as one of the best records of Tyler, The Creator’s career. And who could deny this thing? The latest LP from the OFWGKTA badboy-turned-goodboy is as gorgeous as they come, a heady brew of neo-soul, The Neptunes-esque beats, hypnagogic pop and outsider art. More of this please.
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DJ Khaled, possessor of the heart of millions (including mine among them), denounced 'Igor', Tyler, The Creator's fifth studio album as "mysterious s**t". I love Khaled's little foray into music reviewing. He's got the knack of surmising records in a few choice words which is an admirable thing indeed and something we could all learn from. I wouldn't say that 'Igor' is that mysterious but it's still a great record and, since it reached #1 on the Billboard album charts, gives me some hope for the state of popular modern music.
Musically speaking, 'Igor' is a modern hip-hop record with elements of neo-soul, funk, disco, and electronica. It's a little bit like a less intense Kanye West record. Indeed, the beat on 'I Think' could have come straight off 'Yeezus' and West co-produced the magnificent 'Puppet'. I like how absent Tyler often is on the record; he clearly doesn't have that big of an ego in that regard. His flow on 'I Think' is barely audible which is more than can be said for the aforementioned DJ Khaled's caterwauling on literally every single track he 'produces'.
'Igor' is brilliant. It's really fragmented in places and weird, full of Mort Garson synths and strange non sequiturs. The beats are a mix of distorted, bassy bangers and woozy, glassy neo-soul numbers. I love how democratic the album is, with bass lines often being the loudest thing on the track, flow being mixed super-low, and lots of Westian moments where the song's paradigm shifts and something wholly different kicks into play.
'Igor' is an often-jarring safari through modern experimental hip-hop that's wholly deserving of both its Billboard #1 and DJ Khaled's ire.
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