Desiigner – New English

19-year old Brooklyn area rapper Desiigner, the newest signee to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music label who took over the world with the release of infectious single “Panda”, has finally released his first mixtape. Although if Desiigner is looking to become anything more than a one hit wonder, there is not a lot here which keeps … Continue reading Desiigner – New English

Broods – Conscious

Indie-pop duo Broods, hailing from New Zealand and consisting of siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott, obliterate the sophomore curse with what is easily one of the best albums of the year. Working with the same personnel for the most part, multi-instrumentalist Caleb and Grammy Award-winning producer Joel Little, who also collaborates extensively with fellow New … Continue reading Broods – Conscious

DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

Longtime veteran of the EDM music scene DJ Shadow releases his first body of work in 5 years, combining his familiar instrumental hip hop beats with experimentation into the world of more off-kilter rhythms and cinematic and ambient soundscapes. The Run The Jewels-featuring single “Nobody Speak” is what piqued my interest in this project, and … Continue reading DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

Snow tha Product – Half Way There… Pt. 1 EP

Snow tha Product, bilingual female rapper affiliated with rap veteran Tech N9ne’s independent label Strange Music, capitalizes on her steadily rising popularity with the release of a short and to the point 8-track EP. Previously identifiable by her rapid-fire flow, she dials back the energy on this project to fall more in line with the … Continue reading Snow tha Product – Half Way There… Pt. 1 EP

Nick Jonas – Last Year Was Complicated

Nick Jonas’ sophomore solo effort takes a slight step towards abandoning the R&B angle he surged back onto the music scene with in single “Jealous”, and while the album lies cluttered with filler at times, the highs are quite high indeed. Since “Jealous” was such a quality song mainly due to the instrumentation, distancing himself … Continue reading Nick Jonas – Last Year Was Complicated

Little Big Town – Wanderlust

Veteran country quartet Little Big Town, finally having broken out of their exclusively country audience with the Grammy nominated single “Girl Crush”, veer off their usual path with a shortened collection of 80s-inspired pop music, helmed by superstar producer Pharrell Williams. While I would usually expect anything with Pharrell’s name on it to be a … Continue reading Little Big Town – Wanderlust

Tegan & Sara – Love You To Death

Canadian twin sister duo Tegan & Sara release their first album after breaking out into a wider, more mainstream audience with their previous release Heartthrob, which shifted their indie-folk sound to more commercially accessible 80s-style synthpop. The stylistic avenue opened up by this previous release is continued and expanded upon on Love You to Death, … Continue reading Tegan & Sara – Love You To Death