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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]

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

4 Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

Falling in love with a piece of art takes repeated appreciation, and given the recent trend of bloated tracklists, it can be hard to find an album you can return to day after day. But with a little digging, it’s not hard to find plenty of albums in the 10-to-30-minute range that pack the punch of a full-length production. Ric Wilson & Terrace Martin — They … Continue reading 4 Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

John Lisi’s Debut Album a Path of Self-Discovery [Interview]

John Lisi’s 2021 album, I Hope This Feels Good, sees the young artist shine his creative flashlight deeper into the winding cave that is a budding career in music. The album, which I love dearly and wrote about last week, takes cues from a variety of genres and shows Lisi as an young, dynamic talent capable of shifting tempos and intentions with a song’s notice. … Continue reading John Lisi’s Debut Album a Path of Self-Discovery [Interview]

Tune In Tuesday: Best Recent Albums Include Kiefer, DAISY WORLD, Khruangbin

Kiefer ~ When There’s Love Around Marking his second project of the year, Kiefer returns with a jazzy, instrumentally-dense album. When There’s Love Around succinctly captures feelings of friendship and familial love, with a series of soothing, engaging arrangements. DAISY WORLD ~ SUNDOWN / SIX TWO Her first personal release on streaming services, this double is evocative and impressive, giving listeners the feeling that plenty … Continue reading Tune In Tuesday: Best Recent Albums Include Kiefer, DAISY WORLD, Khruangbin

Interview: Knyves Escobar Shares Wisdom, Speaks on Inspiration & Pushing Past Labels

On the precipice of their debut project, Knyves Escobar — who uses the pronouns she and they — is leaning into their dynamic musical talent and intrinsically strong self-belief as pillars of what looks to be a long and successful career in music.  Escobar says the upcoming debut will show listeners that they have plenty more in store than the typical R&B sounds Escobar tends … Continue reading Interview: Knyves Escobar Shares Wisdom, Speaks on Inspiration & Pushing Past Labels