Mixing elements of deep electronica and dancehall influence, Swedish Artist Elliphant’s sound is reminiscent as a mixture of Robyn, Santigold, Ms. Thing and M.I.A. which is ever present on her debut self titled EP via Splash records, on her 1st single “Tekkno Scene” is a bouncy, wonky club number and the street sounding “Make It Juicy” both sound nearly identical to previous works by M.I.A while the single “Down on Life” channels the beautiful reggae and dub sounds of the Caribbean that’ll send you on a mini vacation to the tropics. The other tunes are the Hip-hop heavy “Ciant Hear It” and “In The Jungle” round out the consistent work that it is. You can listen to the entire EP after the jump Continue reading
Drawing you in with the sharp blazing synths that open the album taking you to another galaxy that you didn’t know was the mind of Kelis Rogers, a simple glance into her life facing new challenges of divorce, finding her sound and home while being blessed with the gift and lesson that is motherhood. Crying out her fears of failure and addiction to something that isn’t good for her while she leaves the reality of her mind, envisioning the 22nd Century where the world like present time is currently dancing while encouraging us all we are stars so to make us care about of selfishness and our own personal vain. We’re escaping the harsh reality we face and how we just never want to go back to our misery and redundancy. We then find our escape our feeling and guide to being complete making our feelings expand through our spirit and body enwrapping us in a semi religious state, knowing that this moment, for this moment nothing will be greater than this. It is such a state of euphoria that we feel that it’s this simple for which we live for there is nothing greater. We feel like a day of celebration that we should celebrate every moment of this, but every day. Nothing is greater than feeling alive and enjoying every minute without worrying or caring about the negative things in life. Continue reading
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After months of teasing and pushbacks Wynter Gordon finally released the 2nd in a series of 4(?) EPs Sanguine, while the 1st EP focused on more pain and fear this one focuses on the relief from pain, with hopeful tracks like “Tomorrow” and “Lucky Ones”, while the new additions “Reach Out” and “Levitate” continue to drive the point through. All four tracks carry the same peaceful melodic vibe but it’s the sassy, neck snapping “TKO” that stands out the most. I’m genuinely looking forward to the follow up to this series.
Initially I was hesitant on listening to A$AP Rocky for a long time, being that the persona I got from him based on my peers was he was a transparent as most popular rappers who get their popularity mostly through online praise. That and the fact most of my peers are hypebeast and tend to only go with the flow which in the last decade the flow was 90% trash. But A$AP was different, sure he isn’t doing much innovation musically but he built a persona larger than anything I’ve yet to see, so my hesitation for his debut turned into slight excitement to see how this persona translates into musically.
Meet Sango, a young DJ-Producer delivering entrancing instrumental music in vain of J. Dilla, Nujabes and Flying Lotus, with the blending of Jazz, Electronica, Latin, House and Folk melodies over Hip-Hop beats creating smooth music to ride to. Continue reading
Following up from 2012’s critically acclaimed “Armor On” Dawn Richard, 29, continues to cement her place as a solo artist without the assist of a label backing her. Goldenheart is continuing on from the previous release in a storyline of empowerment and independence. Continue reading
I really want to like Girl’s Generation, I really do because the hype an popularity surrounding them is immense and they are the first name (aside from and prior to The Psy Effect) brought up when mentioning K-Pop. However their 4th album ‘I Got A Boy’ does nothing for me artistically, seeing that this album is more like a b-side collection with of most the songs being recorded between 2008-2011. Now to keep this short, songs like ‘Talk Talk’ and “Express 999” standout and give me a good pop fix which is a plus and cuts like “Lost In Love” and “Promise” are very heartfelt and well performed. Another positive of this album is that despite mostly being recorded during their “Cutesy” years this album takes a complete redirection with more ballads and sass.
My favorite female vocal in all of K-Pop, JeA has led her girl group Brown Eyed Girls to the top of the charts over the last 7 years with hits like “Abracadabra” and “Sixth Sense” but now the Korean Singer-Songwriter, with the voice of an angel has finally broke out as a shining solo star with her debut album “Just JeA”. Not unlike her bandmates stays true the sound that best suits her outside of her group. Showcasing her dynamic range on ballads like “While You Were Sleeping” and “안아보자
” and the playful “길고양이” with a more Powerpop vibe that makes me feel like skipping in a field of daisies. And the albums closer “Silent Stalker” musically plays homage to a more alternative-electropop style with it’s pounding drum and electric guitars. A cinematic feel is ever present in this album throughout it’s small yet satisfying set presented by
one of the best vocals in modern Korean Pop. The album also features duets with American R&B Singer Eric Benet and Korean Stars Double K and Jung Yup of Brown Eyed Soul. Watch the video for her lead single “While You Were Sleeping” after the break Continue reading
This year I discovered many talented acts that dropped plenty of dope music this year and I did nothing but enjoyed the sounds of many upcoming acts that I’m sure will have you in love with them in no time. Continue reading
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Steed Lord is back with their 3rd album ‘The Prophecy Pt.1” consisting of 10 tracks, some of which are the band’s most vulnerable yet. The overall vibe of this album is cinematic, 80’s style. Unlike their last two offerings (Heart II Heart and The Eddie House EP) which featured more Progressive House, Dubstep and Disco this record takes on more of the Synthpop of the 80’s but with a more dark cinematic vibe. Each track for the most part has it’s own moments but are apart of an entire picture which what makes most art great. The album, which was released on the 1st, has been getting constant rotation, but what I did with this album and two others (Captain Murphy’s ‘Duality’ and Solange’s ‘True’) was listen to it in three different states sober in the morning, high in the late evening and sober in the late evening. The effects weren’t much different for this album because frankly it went well with the mood. Although when I was high my synesthesia was heightened to an extreme, whereas not only was I seeing the color I was seeing the life of this borderline masterpiece of indie-pop perfection. Continue reading