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Deetranada’s Debut Showcases Fiery Raps, Clear Motivation [Interview]

“DEEvsEVERYBODY!” is a personal album. As depicted in the project’s lyrics, cover art, website, and personal explanations, it’s a representation of how she feels as a young Black woman growing up in an oppressive world. Deetranada is unapologetic at every moment, showing the world who she is without compromising one bit. After making waves in the Baltimore and beyond with her new album, “DEEvsEVERYBODY!” we … Continue reading Deetranada’s Debut Showcases Fiery Raps, Clear Motivation [Interview]

HXNS: A Dragon/Flying-type Producer (and Pokémon?)

HXNS was only in elementary school when he produced his first hit song. Sure, it was only a mashup on the now-defunct JamGlue, a music editing website, but he was able to rack up significant plays by mashing together the beat from “Vans” by The Pack and the vocals from “Tell me When to Go” by E-40.  While he didn’t stick with music consistently at … Continue reading HXNS: A Dragon/Flying-type Producer (and Pokémon?)

4 Short Albums/EPs Perfect for Your Library

Emmavie ~ What’s a Diamond To a Baby Producer, songwriter, and singer, Emmavie, delivers a sensual and riveting body of work on her latest EP. From top to bottom, each track displays an originality that is so bold and refreshing it has the listener questioning “what’s next?” The production of this album meshes perfectly with mazes of contemporary sounds, each note wrapped in a blanket … Continue reading 4 Short Albums/EPs Perfect for Your Library

Bassist-Turned-Pilot Patrick Paige II on Pivoting Style, Genre [Exclusive Interview]

Patrick Paige II took his career to the air once again with his second solo album, If I Fail Are We Still Cool? A rhetorical question for many of his fans, the album sees Paige take broad jumps in a series of directions on the road to building an album that’s boundless in genre & style and vulnerable & relatable in lyrics. “I’m so proud … Continue reading Bassist-Turned-Pilot Patrick Paige II on Pivoting Style, Genre [Exclusive Interview]

Where’d All The Time Go: Scott McMicken on Dr. Dog’s Last Tour

[Hummingbird Exclusive Interview] Scott McMicken finishes a cigarette as roadies mull backstage at Lockn’s Fred Festival. The mid-day lull at a sweltering summer festival is nothing new to the Dr. Dog co-founder. After twenty years of touring, the motions of the day are habitual. But there is no doubt in McMicken’s mind that he’s on the precipice of uncharted territory. Not only is the day’s … Continue reading Where’d All The Time Go: Scott McMicken on Dr. Dog’s Last Tour

Discovering Optimism in the Melancholic: A Spotlight on Hovvdy 

Austin, Texas musicians Charlie Martin and Will Taylor first came on my radar with their single Problem, off their 2016 release Taster. The band’s first full-length release is a washed-out and slow crawl of nostalgia’s introspective lens that anyone can poke their head into and relate.  I’ll walk you home / You say you’re tired of talking to people you don’t know / Feet on … Continue reading Discovering Optimism in the Melancholic: A Spotlight on Hovvdy 

4 Short Albums: Planet Giza, Q, Steve Lacy, Tank and the Bangas

Planet Giza — Don’t Throw Rocks at the Moon Planet Giza’s follow-up to debut album Added Sugar is eclectic and bursting at the seams with talent. The Montréal group can take on a variety of different sounds within hip-hop and R&B, and flex their dynamic skills on Don’t Throw Rocks at the Moon. If my words aren’t enough, know that KAYTRANADA believes in them. Their latest … Continue reading 4 Short Albums: Planet Giza, Q, Steve Lacy, Tank and the Bangas

Tune In Tuesday: Best Recent Albums and Singles in R&B, Lo-Fi, and Hip-Hop

Hyde ~ SEEDS Sporting an impressive vocal range and a keen ear for focused production, Hyde’s debut EP is vulnerable, bright, and full of potential. Much of the songs on the EP feature Hyde’s signature high-pitched harmonies wielded calmly, as to keep from being too airy or atmospheric. Priding herself on being her own manager, Hyde is a multi-talented artist worth keeping tabs on going … Continue reading Tune In Tuesday: Best Recent Albums and Singles in R&B, Lo-Fi, and Hip-Hop

4 Additional Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

BENEE — Fire on Marzz Earning worldwide acclaim with “Supalonely,” BENEE’s playful bedroom-pop vibe is aplenty on Fire on Marzz, a bite-sized 20-minute album. Perfect for a variety of social scenarios, the album is lighthearted and engaging. Poppy Ajudha — FEMME Curating a trippy soundscape with the goal of empowering women and people of color, the FEMME ep is an impressive tasting menu of Ajudha’s powerful vocals … Continue reading 4 Additional Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

Durand Jones’s funky, intimate “Private Space” [Album Review]

Bringing a tried and true funk/disco formula to Private Space, Durand Jones & The Indications prove that groovy basslines and romantic lyrics will never go out of style. Tapping in falsetto Aaron Jones on all but two tracks, Durand Jones & The Indications struck gold with Private Space, a pleasing and playful selection of songs that are highly replayable and palatable for many audiences. The … Continue reading Durand Jones’s funky, intimate “Private Space” [Album Review]

4 More Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

Kaelin Ellis — Kaelin Ellis Finding fame through innovative beat videos on social media, a collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, and some of the best hip-hop beats you could find on the internet, Kaelin Ellis is one of the most exciting young producers in the game. His self-titled album is appropriately ear-grabbing, with varied instrumentation and head-nodding drums throughout the project. Terrace Martin — Soul Juice Released early … Continue reading 4 More Short Albums Worth Daily Replays