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 

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]

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

Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

As if directly inspired by Steve Lacy’s Ted Talk on the creative possibilities brought about by advanced technology, John Lisi created I Hope This Feels Good, a gentle, soft-around-the-edges album. Employing jazz and alternative stylings with his saxophone, guitars, keyboard, and computer, the project keeps its allure over many replays. I Hope This Feels Good’s cover art tells you much of what you need to … Continue reading Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

Elujay & J.Robb’s “GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE” an Impressive, Timeless Effort [Album Review]

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! With elements of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and lo-fi, GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE might be the most widely likable album we’ve written about in this newsletter thus far. With Elujay’s baby-powder vocals and J.Robb’s funky basslines and futuristic styles, this album is one of 2020’s best and a strong … Continue reading Elujay & J.Robb’s “GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE” an Impressive, Timeless Effort [Album Review]

Album Appreciation: Young M.A.’s “Off The Yak” Stakes Royal Claim

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! This is your yearly reminder that Young M.A. is making some of the best drill and trap music these days. Off the Yak is a noisy collection of heavy hitting beats and undeniable braggadocio. “Hello Baby” sees the Queen of New York body Fivio Foreign, showing that … Continue reading Album Appreciation: Young M.A.’s “Off The Yak” Stakes Royal Claim

Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Focusing on a strong yet gentle sense of self-assuredness, Muwosi’s recent EP, Of Compassion sees the young artist beautifully cultivate personal and airy lyrics and aesthetics.  Produced by LA jazz pianist-composer-producer Lionmilk, Of Compassion displays Muwosi at her core; an empathetic artist seeking to curate gentle and holistic music.  She says it’s relieving to finally release the EP, which was inspired by and started in … Continue reading Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Fire in Little Africa ~ Fire in Little Africa In the goal of memory and re-education about the Tulsa Massacre, a group of local artists created this album along with a multimedia education project you can find on their website. Mndsgn ~ Rare Pleasure A gentle, easy-on-the-ears listen, Mndsgn’s romantic musings will keep you repeating this album over and over. THE 6TH LETTER ~ Coneman … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 1: “Baduizm” & “Tyrone” Set the Foundation

This is part four of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts two, three, and four. From her debut in 1997, Erykah Badu and her music have empowered people across intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and class. ‘Baduizm,’ her personal philosophy, is based in empathy and honesty and impacts the … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 1: “Baduizm” & “Tyrone” Set the Foundation

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