album reviews.

Spiderr has some definite highlights, but not enough new ideas

Bladee Spiderr YEAR0001 · September 30, 2022 Experimental and cloud rap legend Bladee returns with yet another album this year, Spiderr. Coming right off the tail of his critically acclaimed collaborative effort with Ecco2k Crest, Spiderr is comparatively a more straightforward Bladee release, filled with blissful and melodic cloud rap as well as a few […]

Khruangbin teams up with Vieux Farka Touré on the groovy Ali

Khruangbin and Vieux Farka Touré Ali Dead Oceans · September 23, 2022 Khruangbin’s new album Ali is an excellent representation of the melting pot that is their discography. For this release, they teamed up with Malian artist Vieux Farka Touré. According to an article published by the BBC, the Malian artist recruited Khruangbin for his […]

JID goes above and beyond expectations on The Forever Story

JID The Forever Story Dreamville & Interscope Records  • August 26, 2022 JID is one of the most talented rappers out right now. Period. From a technical standpoint, he can spit on par with legends of this generation such as Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne (just watch his XXL Freshman cypher). He crafts creative, smooth, […]

Horseshit on Route 66 is The Garden’s most experimental album yet

The Garden Horseshit on Route 66 Vada Vada · September 8, 2022 The experimental rock duo of unreasonably handsome Californian twins known as The Garden returned earlier this month with their fifth studio album, Horseshit on Route 66. While the release is fairly brief, only clocking in at about 25 minutes, it packs a massive […]

Omar Apollo is eclectic and thrilling on Ivory

Omar Apollo Ivory Warner · April 8, 2022 Omar Apollo’s new album Ivory is a sensationally varied mix of songs that showcase his talent and reveal his vulnerable side. Despite the album’s wildly eclectic arrangement, the Indiana artist seamlessly crosses genres throughout the album from bedroom pop to brown eyed funk to Mexican folk. Ivory, […]

chrysalis’ margarita sugar is an astounding debut EP

chrysalis margarita sugar Music By Chrysalis · March 19, 2022 It’s a distinctive, yet uncommon skill to be able to sing powerfully polished on a recording and on stage, but that’s exactly what Isa Ansin, professionally known as chrysalis, does. In fact, pressing play on any of their songs is nothing short of hearing them […]

Wet Leg’s self-titled debut is bland, homogeneous, and uninspired

Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino · April 8, 2022 British indie rock duo Wet Leg have finally released their long-awaited debut after a string of singles that performed exceedingly well during 2021. The most popular of which, “Chaise Longue,” released all the way back in June (several months ahead of the release of this album) […]

Fivio Foreign’s attempt to take drill into the mainstream disappoints

Fivio Foreign B.I.B.L.E. RichFish / Columbia · April 8, 2022 New York drill is one of the most popular sounds in modern rap right now. It’s characterized by pulsating basslines, slower tempos than conventional trap, and rapid-fire bars. The subgenre emerged in Brooklyn in the past few years and was spearheaded by an array of […]

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