aaaaaaaArtist: Kid Cudi (ft. Ratatat)

Album: Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Released: September 15, 2009

Label: Universal Motown Records

I have been following Ratatat for some years now and they are one of the most under appreciated entities in rock, hip hop, and electronic circles.  Kid Cudi is an up and coming rapper who has a knack for melody as well as some really lyrically intriguing material.  A rare combination in the rap industry.  Ratatat’s two mixtapes have created a lot of commotion in the online community and their production skills are unquestionable.  They also produced Kid Cudi’s hit “Pursuit of Happiness,” which will no doubt achieve an “overplayed” status soon enough.

This track does not include MGMT, who are almost more of a distraction than they are a worthy addition to “Pursuit of Happiness.”  “Alive” is less catchy vocally than the aforementioned hit, but it is bass heavy, melodic though dark, and practically hypnotic.  It is everything I would expect from producer/musicians like Ratatat and increases my interest in Kid Cudi.  His will be an exciting career to follow.  Now listen.