16th of November. The release date for the new Anderson .Paak Oxnard album has come and while I'm back on being with a cast at home, you'll find me grooving around the house since the early hours of the days. Well, while laying on my bed.
Mixed and produced by the legendary Dr. Dre, this is another adition to his beach town-inspired trilogy, following 2014’s Venice and his follow-up Malibu. Truth be told, I had no idea Oxnard is a town in California, but... hey - every day we learn something new.
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Ever since .Paak dropped that Lamar collaboration "Tints" back in October, I've been counting the days leading up to today. Speaking of collabs, the album is packed with amazing features including Dr. Dre himself, Snoop Dogg, BJ The Chicago Kid, Pusha-T, Q-Tip and a few others I'll list below.
Currently, the full album is available on Spotify and Apple music (link), but will add more sources as they become available.
Oxnard kicks off with this epic instrumental / build-up track featuring the gorgeous voice of Kadhja Bonet and it feels like the perfect opening set track. "The Chase" is your groovy 80s detective movie soundtrack! I have to say, the follow-up song "Headlow" (featuring Norelle) is probably the funniest thing ever released... especially the dialogue towards the end. You just gotta hear for yourself.
The next "stage" of the album - "Tints", "Who R U?" and "6 Summers" are definitely head bangers and it might be just my imagination, but I definitely see Dre's production work in those. Love-making lovers, don't worry. Mr .Paak has prepared a few very sexy joints like "Saviers Road", "Smile/Pretty" and of course the J. Cole collab "Trippy". Smoothness on a whole new level!
Also, I have to say - the most pleasant surprise on the release was the feature of BJ The Chicago Kid. I absolutely love his voice and "Sweet Chick" is one hell of a soulful happiness.
To be honest, the album is still quite fresh - I'm currently on my 3rd full listen, but time and time again - Anderson .Paak killed it. The drummer / dancer / rapper / multi-instrumentalist is a true inspiration and seeing his path from the Breezy Lovejoy days to today is pure happiness.