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: 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

Album Review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—“Skeleton Tree”

By Emma Kelly, Feature Photo via HarryPotter.wikia Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’s sixteenth studio album, Skeleton Tree, opens with the track “Jesus Alone,” a brooding, droning triumph of ambient texture and swelling orchestration. Through the meandering drum drifts, throbbing organ chords, and squealing violins, Cave’s voice comes through with all the broken sincerity of … Continue reading

Album Review: The Avalanches—“Wildflower”

By Christian Schoug, Feature Photo via Stereogum The Avalanches, an Australian electronic dance group, found extremely positive critical success and an enduring commercial attention since the release of their 2000 album, Since I Left You. After the exceptionally long 16 year hiatus between Since I Left You and their latest effort Wildflower, there has been … Continue reading

Album Review: Young The Giant—“Home Of The Strange”

By George Moshenski-Dubov, Feature Photo via by Pieter Van Hattem Young The Giant—best known for their songs “Cough Syrup,” and “My Body”—released their third studio album Home Of The Strange last month. Between then and now, Young  The Giant have slowly incorporated a taste of pop into their indie rock band in addition to … Continue reading