Album Review: Daniel Caesar- “Freudian”

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via The Xavier Herald With his smooth voice and genre-bending talent, it’s easy to compare Toronto crooner Daniel Caesar to the cultural tour de force that is Frank Ocean. So easy, in fact, that I’ll get it out of the way immediately: Caesar’s debut album Freudian plays like the gospel-soaked sequel … Continue reading

Album Review: HAIM- “Something to Tell You”

By: Emma Dennis, Featured Photo via Secret Sounds It’s been four years since the release of their debut studio album, and sister-act HAIM has finally returned with an LP as difficult to pin a genre on as their previous music. After riding their 2013 album, Days Are Gone, for a two-year tour, Este (bass), Danielle (guitar and lead … Continue reading

Album Review: Tyler, the Creator—“Flower Boy”

By Alex Pompilii, Featured Photo via Rap Direct After a two year hiatus, Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator has returned with his most personal album to date. Flower Boy (alternatively titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy) is Tyler’s fourth album, following 2015’s Cherry Bomb. With his latest release, the rapper has taken a huge artistic leap forward, … Continue reading

Album Review: Fleet Foxes—“Crack Up”

By Ria Perrault and Zohar Freeman, Featured Photo via Modern Vinyl Crack Up, Fleet Foxes’ follow up to their previous critically acclaimed albums, is ambitious. After losing drummer Josh Tillman (now popularly known as Father John Misty), front man and chief songwriter Robin Peckhold’s risks pay off in an album rivaling Father John Misty’s, Pure Comedy. … Continue reading

Album Review: JAY-Z—“4:44″

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via Variety Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in mid-2016 to critical and fan acclaim, solidifying her ability to bring avant-garde ideas into mainstream R&B. Audiences picked apart the album’s linear narrative of a couple torn apart by a cheating husband and their journey towards reconciliation. While the autobiographical nature of Lemonade had … Continue reading

Album Review: Animal Collective—“The Painters EP”

By Harry Myles, Feature Photo via AXS Nearly a year after the release of 2016’s chaotic Painting With, experimental pop trio Animal Collective are back with a companion piece, The Painters EP. Released on February 17, 2017, The Painters is Animal Collective’s eighth EP and the first since 2013’s Monkey Been to Burn Town. The … Continue reading

Album Review: Sampha—“Process”

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Feature Photo via NYLON Sampha is an artist that has built his entire career on collaborations, from his early work with SBTRKT, to his more recent collaborations with Drake, Solange, and Kanye West. This is what makes the title of his long-awaited debut record, Process, so poignant— it’s taken him awhile to get … Continue reading

Album Review: Alicia Keys—“Here”

By Alex Ryu, Feature Photo via Alicia Keys Daily The year of 2016 has been, arguably, the year of the message. From politics to sports, it’s been a continuous trekking progress that is still evolving to this day. You can hear several female artists becoming more conscious with their work, making us one step closer … Continue reading

Album Review: NxWorries—“Yes Lawd!”

By Alex Ryu, Feature Photo via The Fader The hype train surrounding Anderson .Paak continues. For this stop, he re-teams Knxwledge as the duo NxWorries to release their first studio album together, Yes Lawd!. It’s interesting to see how far the duo has come under their solo monikers, let alone the chemistry that they managed … Continue reading

Album Review: Preoccupations—“Preoccupations”

By Emma Kelly, Feature Photo via Bandcamp  Preoccupations might be the only band in the world with three self-titled LPs under three different names. The post-punks—formerly known as Viet Cong and formerly formerly known as Women—are back with a collection of songs that swap the jangly abrasiveness of their prior releases for something dreamier and … Continue reading