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The United States of Amerykah.

I’ve always really liked Erykah Badu. I don’t even mind that she’s seemed to be getting stranger and stranger every year in ways that aren’t always flattering. There’s a big glaring area between quirky and off. Sometimes I get the feeling she makes people uncomfortable in social settings. But, that’s neither here nor there.

Healer –  Erykah Badu

The production on this track is really simple and almost elegant. Madlid keeps the atmosphere contained with crisp, decisive percussion, but there’s a lot of open space for a little bit of fuzz to fill it. Combined with the echoing xylophone, it sounds like she’s singing this through the mist on a porch with those hanging chimes. It’s a sneaking, spookily catchy song without many tricks besides a part where Madlib funnels her vocals through what sounds like a compression chamber and spits it back out with some heavily distorted clip-clop sounds.


About Etta Strange

Writer, obsessive audiophile, secret bedroom DJ, local daydreamer with more books than shelf space. I'm stockpiling for the inevitable drought. Let's collaborate.

One response to “The United States of Amerykah.

  1. xe ⋅

    thanks etta,

    is this off a new album?


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