Five Songs, 6/15/2017

From noise nonsense to gangsta rap to classic soul, we've got you covered today!

OK, it's just those three genres.

Sightings, "Chili Dog"

I originally mistyped this as "Chill Dog", which is a title I like better. I like it when dogs are chill.

Sightings are an electronic rock-ish trio creating waves of noise on top of often primitive songs. It's all designed to be difficult to listen to and punishing, and really needs to catch me in the right mood.

Raekwon, "100 Rounds"

Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is one of the best Wu-Tang related albums made, but he's never really come particularly close to matching that album. This song comes from his followup album, Immobilarity, and it suffers from not having RZA doing production, and just comes off as really flat compared to the previous album.

Snoop Dogg, "Suited N Booted"

Snoop has released albums continuously, never really pausing at any point. However, most of those albums are pretty lackluster, with Snoop often seeming to just go through the motions. 2002's Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ is an exception, though, with Snoop showing more energy than he had in probably five albums along with solid production.

Astors, "Candy"
William Bell, "Formula of Love"

Early Stax releases, from the first volume of the compilations covering the Atlantic years. William Bell in particular was an early star for the label, and this is one of the earliest songs they released.