Review – Yuna x ‘Rouge’

“Baby, now my vision’s clear, things will never be the same…you were just a phase, my dear, you were just growing pain…”, shrugs Yuna on Rouge. It’s the first of many calm affirmations on the singer’s newest work, which is evident of nothing but a 30-something woman’s blooming wisdom from love and letdown. If not with…

Remix Alert: “bad guy” x Billie Eilish x Justin Bieber

If you haven’t already gotten hip to the can’t-be-caged, kooky perfection of 17-year-old indie pop singer Billie Eilish, now would be a good time. Armed with a honeyed voice, customized chains, and an affinity for baggy Louis-V sweats, she’s gained mass love with the releases of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and dont…

Gem of the Week: “Future Love Paradise”- Seal

Song: “Future Love Paradise” Artist: Seal Album: Seal (1991) It feels unfair that it took the 1995 release of ever-corny Batman Forever and its soundtrack, which housed smash-hit single “Kiss From a Rose”, for sleek-pop UK singer Seal to really make waves. Otherwise known as Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, he’s enjoyed long-term fandom within a niche of adult radio…

Melbourne’s Teskey Brothers Do Blue-Eyed Soul on “So Caught Up”

The Aussie duo that comprises the now-foursome Teskey Brothers, Sam and Josh, have mastered husky, rugged soul-rock since their teenaged Melbourne union in ’08. On the group’s newest single from the upcoming Run Home Slow, due August 2nd, Black Keys-esque rock piano licks, belter Josh’s gritty-soul pipes, and an irking fixation sustain cries for relief; [“Every…

Beyoncé Releases Single “Spirit” from Upcoming Lion King Film

The upcoming Disney live-action remake, set for a U.S. theater release date of July 19, will feature the G.O.A.T. vocal gift of Beyoncé, accompanied with a studio album crafted by the same. Teased by the singer on July 9th, “Spirit” is the first single, and first taste we’ve gotten of the upcoming film and supplemental…

Review – Revenge of the Dreamers III x J. Cole, et al.

Revenge of the Dreamers III, J. Cole + label-mates’ newest baby, arrives at somewhat of a lull in Gen-Y underground hip-hop. The 18-track compilation is not a chain-dripping, high-profile release à la DJ Khaled (i.e. the artist-stacked Father of Asahd) but a quirky, seeming lovechild of tireless mix-board nerds born of the 90s hip-hop aesthetic who pass out…

New Single – VanJess x Goldlink – “Through Enough” Jarreau Vandal Remix

VanJess, the Nigerian-born electro R&B duo that’s questionably still obscure, joins GoldLink on a revamped “Through Enough”, mixed by Amsterdam DJ Jarreau Vandal. One of five remixes found on the Maxi Single compilation, the 4:20 nightclub cut features driving slap bass, disco-heavy breaks, and the fading in of Jessica and Ivana Nwokike’s original track vocals. Over deep…

Jordan Xidas Drops EDM-laced “Crush”

A breakaway from the the Southern city’s twangy country music majority, Nashville’s own Jordan Xidas not only offers a pop alternative, but operates with smooth, clean vocals that sound unusually sleek when paired with electronic-dance production. With the release of “Break My Heart” in 2015, the 19-year-old Belmont U. student has gained attention on SoundCloud,…

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…