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: Rag’n’Bone Man—“Human”

By Felipe Vallejo, featured photo via Mydaybydaymusic Until recently, the name Rag’n’Bone Man was probably unheard of unless you were part of the indie hip-hop scene in rural England. After his debut release Human, his powerful soul voice is gracing the ears of people all over the world.    Born and raised off of blues … Continue reading

Album Review: Post Malone—“Stoney”

By Emma Kelly, Feature Photo via Bluntiq Riding on the December release of Post Malone’s long-awaited debut studio album, Stoney, was one pertinent question: did he have the musical chops to rise above his novelty status as the millennial equivalent of Vanilla Ice (or, unkinder still, a less self-aware Redfoo from LMFAO) and actually make … Continue reading

Track Trek: Aerosmith & Run DMC—“Walk This Way”

By Alex Ryu, Feature Photo via Team Rock Track Trek is an irregular retrospect review of forgotten tracks of various genres that deserve a second viewing, with an analysis that describes why it deserves so. Track Trek is written by Alex Ryu. When and how do you remake or extend an original piece for the … Continue reading

Album Review: Run The Jewels—“RTJ3”

By Angelo Gio Mateo, Feature Photo via Pitchfork If Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book (2016) represented optimism in this awful year, then Run the Jewels RTJ3 (2016) is its antithesis. Killer Mike and El-P are back with another hard-hitting and abrasive record. The album was originally slated to be released on January 13th 2017, but Christmas … Continue reading

Album Review: A Tribe Called Quest—“We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

By Isaac Fox, Feature Photo via The Source A Tribe Called Quest is back one last time with their first album in eighteen years. In We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, Q-Tip, Jairobi, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and the late/great Phife Dawg return from what was previously thought to be a permanent hiatus. … Continue reading

Album Review: Saba—“Bucket List Project”

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Feature Photo via The Village Voice Chicago’s “new school” of hip-hop musicians have already put out some of the best albums of the year with Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book and Noname’s Telefone. With Bucket List Project, rapper and singer Saba is allowed to spread his wings, and in the process, gives both of … Continue reading

Album Review: Lizzo—“Coconut Oil”

By Savana James, Feature Photo via Idolator With her newest release Coconut Oil, Lizzo is the indie hip-hop queen who is sure to take over all your future party playlists. This EP is a triumph for Lizzo, a self-proclaimed “big fine bitch” and “fat feminist” who perfectly encapsulates that message track by track. Coconut Oil is … Continue reading

Demo Playlist #24: Melancholy Disco

By Kurt Grunsky We often think of disco in terms of the sunny dance music of the 70s, like “Good Times” or “Stayin’ Alive”, but some groups have taken the sound of disco to darker places. The songs in this mix are disco-like in some form or another, but they evoke less cheery emotions than … Continue reading

If You Want To Produce, Produce—An Interview With Arthur McArthur

By Michael Vettese I’m waiting for Arthur McArthur in front of St. Lawrence market on a brisk Sunday afternoon. My eyes are peeled for a guy with a bushy beard, which is about the only thing I could decipher about him from the one picture I could find on Google, but there are no bearded … Continue reading