Anderson .Paak – Malibu (Steel Wool, 2016)
Anderson .Paak’s Malibu is what Miguel’s tepid Wildheart was striving so desperately to be; raucous, personal and sexy with charisma to spare. Following up on his eye-opening turn on Dr. Dre’s Compton, the California-born singer effortlessly lays his raspy vocals over a vivid backdrop of colourful sounds both new and old. As varied as much of the production on Malibu is, it’s .Paak’s playful, charismatic demeanor that truly brings everything to life; singing and rapping his way through innuendo-laced imagery, he recalls Kendrick Lamar at his most charming. Unapologetically funky and sexually charged, Malibu is a confident potpourri of soul sounds and a star-making release from Anderson .Paak.
Trial Track: “Am I Wrong (feat. Schoolboy Q)”