FKA twigs operates at a prodigious level of self-knowledge and artistic clarity. But even the most controlled artist can find herself in a mess of emotion. MAGDALENE reveals how the vulnerability of a decaying relationship can expose the hazy boundary between empowerment and helplessness.
Danny Brown's latest is a celebration of longevity, artistic significance and an allegiance to the craft of being one of this decade's most dynamic rappers.
The third studio album from the Australian singer-songwriter is a declaration of love, laden with his signature wit and penchant for crafting an infectious pop song.
The Autralian pop-rock virtuoso returned to the spotlight last week with a fiery new music video.
New music roundups are a monthly recap dedicated to covering the latest music in a series of short, descriptive reviews. This month’s edition includes new releases from Boogie, Bring Me The Horizon, James Blake and more. Boogie - Everything's For Sale Honesty. It’s the quality that Shady Record’s newest star, Boogie, is showcasing on his … Continue reading New Music Roundup: January
When looking back over the past several years, so many pop punk artists have gone from being upcoming artists to one of the bigger names in the game, and Boston Manor is no exception. In 2016, the boys from Blackpool, United Kingdom decided to draw their line in the sand with their debut LP Stop … Continue reading Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighbourhood
New music roundups are a monthly recap dedicated to covering the latest music in a series of short, descriptive reviews. This month’s edition includes new releases from Adrianne Lenker, Kurt Vile, Twenty One Pilots and more. Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss Big Thief's Capacity was one of the most endearing records of 2017. That same intimatacy is … Continue reading New Music Roundup: October
Kadhja Bonet's soul music is in a unique class. It's composed into dense layers of classical instrumentation and rich vocal arrangements, pulled together harmoniously to produce a spacious psychedelic sheen. Her latest album, Childqueen, employs these characteristics to depict a deeply personal journey in which she seeks to detach herself from the unavoidable influences of man's … Continue reading Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen
There’s a question of unwanted visibility and with said visibility, how you choose to use it for yourself and how others might use it against you. Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, explores these questions in relation to everything under the sun on his fourth studio album, Negro Swan. And I must say, he does so … Continue reading Blood Orange – Negro Swan
New music roundups are a monthly recap dedicated to covering the latest music in a series of short, descriptive reviews. This month’s edition includes new releases from Aminé, Tony Molina, YG and more. Aminé - ONEPOINTFIVE Talk about one of the more enjoyable surprises of the month. Amine delivers with his sophomore project, almost serving … Continue reading New Music Roundup: August
Few bands in the modern era are as definitive to a particular sound and style as Beach House. The Baltimore duo, comprised of vocalist and keyboardist Victoria LeGrand and guitarist Alex Scally, has captured the hearts of indie music fans with their lush, ethereal soundscapes since the mid 2000s. Their first two records introduced them … Continue reading Beach House – 7
Alternative and experimental hip-hop has always had a thriving underground scene since the early nineties and even into the new millennium. Today the genre continues to prosper thanks to fresh artists willing to experiment with sound and push the envelope with lyrical content. Whether its unorthodox beats, eccentric flow or radical bars, this niche section … Continue reading JPEGMAFIA – Veteran
New music roundups are a monthly recap dedicated to covering the latest music in a series of short, descriptive reviews. This month’s edition is packed with hip-hop, including the latest from eclectic NY rapper Princess Nokia, Chicago up and comer Saba, The Weeknd and more. Chuck Strangers - Consumers Park In contrast to other Beast … Continue reading New Music Roundup: April
Last August, on a podcast episode of Song Exploder, St. Vincent, formally known as Annie Clark, fondly recalled the creation of the lead single for her new album, "New York". In speaking about the song, she quoted, “It's the first song I've written that I thought, 'Oh this might be someone's favorite song.' I've never had … Continue reading St. Vincent – Masseduction
Kelela, a second generation Ethiopian-American, stealthily asserted her way on the music scene in 2013. I remember getting hip to her music around 2014 while scouring Spotify’s many playlists for new deep cuts to add to my ever growing playlist. Kelela’s musical roots are influenced by the styles of popular UK genres including grime, house, … Continue reading Kelela – Take Me Apart
P.O.S. (Stefon Alexander) is one of the founding members of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective known as Doomtree. The group is well-known as one of the most staunchly independent groups, and they formed their own record label and publisher (Doomtree Records and Doomtree Press, respectively) in the 2000s. With each successive release, P.O.S. gained more momentum … Continue reading P.O.S – Chill, dummy
New music roundups are a monthly recap dedicated to covering the latest music in a series of short, descriptive reviews. This month’s edition includes new releases from Angel Olsen, Chris Stapleton, Jaden Smith and more. Angel Olsen - Phases Angel Olsen's Phases is a collection of b-sides and unused tracks from the past few years of recording. … Continue reading New Music Roundup: November
Eight great, low key projects that may have slipped by your ears this year.
Their already majestic aura ascended into what seemed like another universe, specially created for their performance.
Wisconsin rapper and producer Milo has a knack for the abstract. His Bandcamp bio reads "I convert and translate", which is about as direct as he will ever be. Active since 2010, he has recently become one of alternative hip-hop's most beloved acts, frequently collaborating with the likes of rappers such as Open Mike Eagle and … Continue reading Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!
On her sophomore solo record, Asian-American singer and producer, Michelle Zauner has come through with a formidable collection of songs that are less sophisticated in context and subject matter, but more profound in ambience and texture. Soft Sounds From Another Planet blends dreamy vocals with hazy and druggy production to create a reverb-heavy, dream-pop and shoegaze … Continue reading Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet