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.
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
As I’ve probably stated before I was never really here for BIGBANG’s front man as a solo act, I’ve always felt he was better off in a group setting. Mostly after sitting through his hit debut album Heartbreaker of which I found a strong distaste for (there isn’t a song on there I can listen to all the way through, sorry VIPs) but in the wake of his 1st extended play I said to myself “listen to this with a clear head, don’t let one bad album ruin your view on an artist entire career” because a lot of my favorite acts have released very poor albums in their careers, and a lot of acts I don’t care for have at least one solid body of work I cannot ignore. So after relieving myself of his eponymous debut album I readied myself for what would be one of a kind. Continue reading
Eastern European Diva, Alloise deliver’s her latest effort “Love Me or Leave Me” via Firework Sound. this independent woman anthem is very nostalgic with influences of 90′s Jazz/R&B hybrid with a nice uplifting melodic feel good vibe as a tell off to any man who refuses to love his woman the right way by giving him the blatant ultimatum as stated in the title. Peep the track below and look forward to more releases by Alloise in the near future by checking out her Official Facebook page.
A mixture of early Outkast lyricism, beats 90′s Busta would merk and a crooning tenor that would put you in the mind of Lloyd, this 2008 record has been a staple on my ipod since I first heard the wonky lead track “Fur In My Cap” half sleep in my bed watching an episode of Entourage. I remember it vividly when I heard I gave that “Huh?” look and immediately texted my boy what I just heard. I initially thought the song was on some Soljah Boy type ish, do to the fact I only heard the hook but I found the record to be catchy and wanted to hear more. Thank you Google! After typing the lyrics of the irresistible hook “Pussy in my lap, bird in the sack. Fur in my cap fur fur in my cap” I manage to stumble upon the magnificent treasure that was King Warrior Magician Lover. Continue reading
BIGBANG is back with Bad Boy the second title track off their 5th mini album Alive, the video like their previous for Blue was set in the streets of New York City, features the band telling girls they love them, but they are bad boys. Featuring a couple hot chicks, some funky fashion and a hot dance routine, BIGBANG are officially back. After the jump view the entire video plus my video review of the album Alive available worldwide now Continue reading
If you were to ask me 6 years ago would Rihanna be any relevance in the industry,I would have laughed right in your face. For years she’s been criticized for her vocal performance,live performances, emotionless facial expressions and more, despite this she’s been hailed by for her fashion risk, evolving look and catchy music. However over the years Rihanna (23) has made it a mission to improve, her vocal performances have gradually improved, her music received much more depth and went on to receive several accolades and 11 #1 singles on The Hot 100 charts. Later this month Rihanna’s 6th album Talk That Talk will be released worldwide. View my thoughts on the record after the jump Continue reading