Gem of the Week: “The Glamorous Life”-Sheila E.

Song: “The Glamorous Life” Artist: Sheila E. Album The Glamorous Life (1984) 80’s pop singer-drummer goddess Sheila E.’s first album, The Glamorous Life remains a mesh-legginged, big-haired strut and a #throwbackthursday win. Released in ’84, at the height of Madonna-styled female independence, chunky bangles, and snappy radio hits, the singer’s freshman studio album bops with quirky synths, heavy dance…

Review: ‘High Expectations’ is Mabel’s #hotgirlsummer Gift to All

ICYMI, 2019’s been UK singer Mabel’s year of niche-carving in the Brit-pop world: that which makes room for a glossy-voiced alloy of sweet-and-sour pop and tropics-dipped Dancehall. Daughter of famed Swedish singer-DJ-rapper-songwriter Neneh Cherry, the 23-year-old artist caught late-Spring/early-summer radio attention with singles “One Shot”, “Mad Love”, and “Cigarette [feat. RAYE & Stefflon Don]”, and…

Ariana Pens Situationship Rulebook on “boyfriend”

How Ariana Grande and her perfect high pony stay intact, through loss, breakup, and letdown may actually be the eighth world wonder. Though a self-admitted “trainwreck” on her newest track “boyfriend”, Grande shines on her newest release with Pittsburgh pop duo Social House: a hair-flipped, sulky-pop proposal for your standard, generational ‘situationship’. A pouty, bass-driven beat [prod….

Gem of the Week: “Corcovado”-Antônio Carlos Jobim

Song: “Corcovado” Artist: Antônio Carlos Jobim Album: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (1963) For plush, indulgent Bossa nova that sounds crafted for a swanky cocktail hour, peep Latin jazz legend Antônio Carlos Jobim’s ’63 freshman studio album: a sleek, heartfelt array of now-staples (“The Girl From Ipanema”, “So Danco Samba”, “Agua De Beber”) and ever-understated deep cuts…

Review: Chance The Rapper – ‘The Big Day’

The Big Day, Chance The Rapper’s passionate first dive into studio albumdom, feels as much zealous Sunday service as it does a grinning reveal of a tireless whiz kid’s first science project. “If you blink you might miss it, you gotta click it or ticket/You gotta go get to gettin’ before it’s gone…”, implores Chance…

New Track: “Gold Roses” – Drake x Rick Ross

“Do you love me, or love seeking attention?”, grills Drake on his newest cut with Rick Ross: a side-eyed, piano-flickered freestyle that reiterates the OVO singer-rapper’s still-earnest desire to be memorialized for Aubrey Graham, and Aubrey Graham alone. With So Far Gone celebrating its tenth birthday this past February, the Drake legacy is a decade + in…

Gem of the Week: “All the Things You Are”-Oscar Peterson Trio

Song: “All the Things You Are” Artist: The Oscar Peterson Trio Album: Another Day (1970) Sultry piano isn’t a genre, and it wasn’t in 1970, either. But if it was, late jazz artist Oscar Peterson could’ve been originator and gatekeeper. Coined as the “Maharaja of the keyboard”, the Canadian legend’s early training regimen was purely classical:…

Bryson Tiller Ends Fans’ Dry Spell with “Blame”

It’ll be four years since the birth of Trapsoul and two since sophomore album True to Self‘s, and one thing remains a constant in this ever-changing world: R&B fans’ greedy hunger for more Bryson Tiller. He’s harassed over Instagram, his lovey pics with girlfriend Kendra Bailey flooded with either heavy stanning or nagging demands for a new album,…

Fiercest Friday Ever: Review- “MOOD 4 EVA” -Beyoncé x Jay-Z x Childish Gambino

The Lion King: The Gift dropped at midnight, and therein lies possibly the most lioness, clout-dripping club anthem of the summer. Already the standout track of the just-released film companion album/solo present to the Hive, the G.O.A.T.-concocted “MOOD 4 EVA” is untameably Bey and Lion King-fitting: a rallying Afrobeat power jam thumping with unadulterated pride,…

Gem of the Week: “All About You”-Donell Jones

Song: “All About You” Artist: Donell Jones Album: My Heart (1996) For those of us whose souls melt with the play of any 90s R&B slow-jam staple, whether off the discogs of Xscape, Jodeci, Jagged Edge, or Mary J., ‘Throwback Thursday’ is a lifestyle. We yearn for Aaliyah-themed, Tommy Hilfiger-decked 90s DJ nights, the karaoke revival…