'Beach Music' is an album. It is not a collection of songs put in some random order together in a squeaky polypropylene case, or a click that costs a password and $9.99. It doesn’t hope for a chart topping hit. Just in the way a book can’t be adequately summarized in its best scene or climactic moment, neither can 'Beach Music.'
Co-written by Tobias Jesso Jr. and Adele, the track’s original intent was for placement on the latter’s third album. “Alive” was given to Sia then to Rihanna, then to Sia once again. What does all of this credit trading leave the listeners? To be frank, not all that much.
The album offers Ilunga’s interesting interpretation and restructuring of electronic music and pushes the ears of its listeners to accept rhythmic and harmonic patterns seldom explored by the larger genre’s “popular” counterparts.