Our favorite multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter-producer-legend George Barnett announced his first mixtape The Red Tape just 8 days ago and now we have the project, and it is unbelievably fun. Like, just listen to some of the stuff on here. Let’s see, we got a Jeremih cover that also samples Pusha T‘s “Numbers on the Boards” (on tape highlight “Down on Me”), a few Perks of the Wallflower movie soundbites, a heartbreaking rendition of Lana Del Rey‘s “Ride,” a snippet of a new original track called “Animal Keeper” accompanied by a clever fake phone call with his manager (“You want a hit? Two words for you: twerking”), a surprisingly faithful cover of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and an angelic outro that will probably make you instantly at peace with your God. I’m serious.
And somehow through the seemingly hectic tracklist, the project remains true to its creator and cohesive as an independent piece of music. The transitions are flawless, and the covers are devastatingly beautiful and original takes on established songs. For most artists the task of covering Daft Punk would have them in creative ruins, but George Barnett just takes it all in stride and elevates hit songs to new levels and makes them, in the least clichéd way possible, “his own.”