Genesis Owusu Review: “Smiling with No Teeth” is an Eclectic Masterpiece

Once in a while, a new artist appears who manages to successfully draw inspiration from their idols and come up with something that is very much rooted in the past, yet undeniably carries the artist’s own waterprint. With his debut album, 23-year-old Ghanaian-Australian musician Genesis Owusu (Kofi Owusu-Ansah) has managed to do just that. Inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly both conceptually … Continue reading Genesis Owusu Review: “Smiling with No Teeth” is an Eclectic Masterpiece

Tune in Tuesday: Conway the Machine, Young Thug & YSL Drop Albums

Happy Tune in Tuesday! This week we celebrate new releases from Conway the Machine, Young Thug, AJ Tracey, and Gotham, a duo made up of Talib Kweli and Diamond D. Conway the Machine ~ La Maquina Conway’s back with tighter production and harsher bars. Staking his claim as the lyrical member of Griselda, “La Maquina” proves Conway to be the “GOAT, the grimiest of all … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Conway the Machine, Young Thug & YSL Drop Albums

Tune In: Joyce Wrice, BROCKHAMPTON, Highlight Recent Drops

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! MARSELA ~ Dark Days Over a silky & soulful instrumental, British-Albanian songstress, MARSELA, released a smooth ballad titled “Dark Days” on Feb. 26. Her bassy delivery romanticizes the climbing out of phases of emotional and spiritual pain. MARSELA is a newcomer in the world of soul and R&B, … Continue reading Tune In: Joyce Wrice, BROCKHAMPTON, Highlight Recent Drops

Hear from Hummingbird’s Nest: Goose

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! Goose, one of the most exciting jam bands on the scene, didn’t allow the pandemic to halt their creative momentum. They’ve been turning to livestreams and an expansive virtual marketing approach to spread their exhilarating music to the masses. We recently had the honor of speaking with band … Continue reading Hear from Hummingbird’s Nest: Goose

Feature: Sunni Colón’s “Satin Psicodelic”

Get ahead of Spotify’s algorithm with Hummingbird’s Music Feeder, a bi-monthly dose of invigorating and soul-pleasing tunes! With this Feeder, we feature a smooth album from Sunni Colón, some words from Goose, and new releases from Joyce Wrice, BROCKHAMPTON, Kiefer, Ric Wilson, and Your Friend Ben. Make sure to subscribe, forward, or share if you’re enjoying the music! This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly … Continue reading Feature: Sunni Colón’s “Satin Psicodelic”

Zara Larsson, POSTER GIRL

On her second international release, the Swedish singer delivers a predictable but lightweight and enjoyable album highlighted by solid singles.  With the risk of sounding rather inflated, reading this review might give you a new perspective on Zara Larsson, the Swedish pop singer who is currently the 174th most streamed artist on Spotify despite not having released an album since 2017. Zara was born a … Continue reading Zara Larsson, POSTER GIRL

Griselda’s Dominant 2020: A Meta-Analysis

Pre-2020 criticisms of Griselda were founded in monotonous flows, stale production, and overly-hypebeast attitude. But with seven stellar albums this year from Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Armani Caesar, and Benny the Butcher, not to mention a wonderful project from fellow Buffalo resident Billie Essco, Griselda has proven that Buffalo is here to stay. Stamping Griselda on the map for many casual listeners in 2020 … Continue reading Griselda’s Dominant 2020: A Meta-Analysis

Press Release: Soleil’s New Video, “Whose Side?”

Last month, Soleil unleashed the single, “Whose Side?” The song has garnered much success and praise. Building on the success, Soleil is back with a vibrant, colorful music video for “Whose Side?” The music video matches the upbeat, feel good vibe that the song exudes.  The music video was directed by Samantha Pertusiello. Similarly to how Soleil was involved in the production of the song, Soleil served … Continue reading Press Release: Soleil’s New Video, “Whose Side?”

Ravenna’s Sikh Roots

Raveena Aurora’s music video for her new single, “Tweety,” mixes ‘90s nostalgia, psychedelic visuals, and South Asian aesthetics with an intoxicating pop sound that lives up to her past album. Her music video weaves together seemingly disparate parts to show –– once again –– the love, fun, and beauty of embracing her diasporic identity. Raveena is a powerful presence as she speaks up for her … Continue reading Ravenna’s Sikh Roots

Livestreams, Memes, and Improvisation: How a Band Called Goose Became the Next Big Act for Jam Music During a Pandemic.

[Hummingbird Exclusive Interview] Due to the past year of lockdowns, quarantines, and an audible absence of live music, the spring of 2021 has become a great hope, a life-preserver that bands and fans have been doggy-paddling towards throughout the uncharted waters of pandemia. Connecticut-based jam band, Goose, recently announced their May run of drive-in shows that will be the group’s first performances of the new … Continue reading Livestreams, Memes, and Improvisation: How a Band Called Goose Became the Next Big Act for Jam Music During a Pandemic.