Charlie Puth just put out the coldest blowoff track of 2017…

Up until now, Charlie Puth has typically been tagged a ballad boy. With lovey tracks like the Selena Gomez-collaboration “We Don’t Talk Anymore”, sleek “Marvin Gaye”, and “One Call Away”, the 25-year-old’s discography has kept strong ties to innocent, undying adolescent mush. So when the singer dropped “Attention” on iTunes last week, a seething and side-eyed tribute…

Review: Drake-‘Views’

The wait for Views was really, really painful. Tardiness aside, let’s start with the skyrocketed hope for an album that instead plummeted with a false alarm: the passable-but-might-be-pile-of-throwaways otherwise known as If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. A cruel travesty at the least. Yes, “Know Yourself” might have singlehandedly sparked the Summer ’15 W.O.E. movement and repeated…

Rihanna Releases New Single, “Towards The Sun”

Featured in the upcoming film Home (hitting theaters Friday, March 27th), Rihanna just released her title track for the movie: a near-electronic, resolute 5 minutes of rapture by self-love. Over a dance-pop symphony replete with footslogging, triumphant drumbeats and booming synthesizers, Rih cries a high-pitched, thematically appropriate mantra: (“Turn your face towards the sun, let the shadows…

Varick Breaks into Brooklyn’s Electronic Scene With “Boundless” Track & EP

NYC always welcomes addition to their indie music coterie, and EDM remains its one sub-category of persistent sprawl. Newcomer Varick is one of its freshest faces, a complex alt-electro twofold with nebulous, Thom Yorke-ish moments of darkwave reality-descent and jolts of wide-eyed, pulsating trance. His experimental, dual-mood modus—a mashed-influence result of early-age classical training and…

Gem of the Week: “Hang On To Your Love”-Sade

Song: “Hang On To Your Love” Artist: Sade Album: Diamond Life (1984) As elevator-R&B crept its way into mid-to-late 1980s radio, the exotic, glossy-toned Sade couldn’t have seized a better role than queen of the newborn genre. Oozing an unfound tropical vogue that could enchant any instrumental—jazz, pop, or otherwise, the singer’s unprocessed approach to vocals…

Playlist: Hippie Antiques

  A warm & cozy, ten-track-deep playlist of acoustic mementos from the hippie era’s sweetest singer-songwriters… 1) “Cactus Tree”-Joni Mitchell, Joni Mitchell (1968) 2) “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”-Simon & Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966) 3) “At Seventeen”-Janis Ian, Between the Lines (1975) 4) “Almost Cut My Hair”-Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Deja Vu (1970) 5) “A Horse With No Name”-America, America (1972)…

“Astronomicon”: Todd Rundgren & Nim Vind’s Spectral Single

From the brain of production maestro/artsy-pop classic Todd Rundgren hatches a new single, “Astronomicon”. Mixed and mastered to excellence, the track runs on a sinister, high-octane beat and features horror-punk’s newest arrival, Nim Vind, on vocals. Although we’re not sure what prompted such an unlikely collaboration—an offbeat rendezvous between ’70s-sown, Something/Anything creator Todd and the young…

Diamonds in the Rough: 90s R&B Edition

  A brief but essential, 10-track collection of understated numbers and ‘non-hits’ from R&B’s best decade, designed & assembled by yours truly… 1) “Whatcha Need”-SWV, New Beginning (1990) 2) “Can I Get With You”-Jagged Edge, J.E. Heartbreak (1999) 3) “Candy Rain”-Soul For Real, Candy Rain (1995) 4) “Only You”-112, 112 (1996) 5) “No Doubt”-702, No Doubt (1996) 6) “U Know What’s…

Paying ‘Nevermind’ Tribute: A 90s Grunge-Gloom Playlist

In commemoration of Nirvana’s Nevermind and a belated celebration of its 23rd anniversary, here’s a playlist specializing in 90s grunge & all the gloom that accompanies it. To start…a piece of the low-maintenance yet thunderous album that morphed alternative music beyond comprehension… 1) “Come As You Are”-Nirvana, Nevermind (1991) 2) “I Could Have Lied” -The Red Hot Chili…

Gem of the Week: “The Boxer”-Simon & Garfunkel

Song: “The Boxer” Artist: Simon & Garfunkel Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970 Somewhere in the hazy, forgotten realm of Woodstock-eclipsed vinyl antiquity reside the uncrowned kings of hippie-folk: Simon & Garfunkel. After their 1965 takeoff with the renowned, loner-celebratory track, “The Sound of Silence”, (which could easily be the prequel for the self-minded “I Am…