Miguel Teams Up With Lenny Kravitz For “Face The Sun”

  Miguel’s been silky-R&B’s longtime master of smooth, from every dark, muggy Art Dealer Chic chapter to Kaleidoscope Dream, and in-between-album collaborations with Wale, Janelle Monae, and beyond. Angel-face aside, his whispery voice is, hands down, the slickest: a no-fail means of goosebumps-delivery over gritty, musing beats handpicked to sustain the Miguel melting effect. Now the sixth addition release…

Review: Jamie xx-‘In Colour’

While the complex, tangled niche of EDM largely aims for the suppression of exterior noise, maximizing listener zone-out, UK house mastermind Jamie xx has found a way to amplify it, bringing it brilliantly to life and—more importantly—our attention. Cranking up the world’s volume around us, he invites in both its harmony and discord, through sound and…

Disclosure Drops First Single for New Album, “Holding On (Feat. Gregory Porter)”

Disclosure’s newest track, this time featuring jazz-gospel vocalist Gregory Porter, is the official precursor to the duo’s upcoming album. Entitled “Holding On”, its name is fitting for its playback: the revolution of an 808s-amped beat so clenched with Porter’s ultra-smoky soul that the two sound inseparable. For all of Disclosure’s deep-house influence, propensity for gaping…

Review: Todd Rundgren-‘Global’

“Everybody can’t paint the Mona Lisa, everybody can’t be a millionaire…everybody can’t make a perfect pizza/ Because we’re all together again…”. Although the opening lyric of Todd Rundgren’s grungy synth-symphony Global seems like nothing profounder than a kooky string of words, coming from him—the line is almost prophetic. For any other renowned artist with a ’70s-and-beyond resumé [mostly]…

‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’: A Track-By-Track Review

In the early moments of Drake’s impromptu album/might-be mixtape drop on Friday evening, high-emotion Internet chaos ensued. Twitter almost broke with OVO enthusiasm, the mixtape black-market commenced the trade of leak links, self-proclaimed ride-or-dies scurried to iTunes for legal purchase, and there was a universal barrage of Gen-Y praises for ‘the boy’–mostly for ending the…

Review: Jessica Pratt x ‘On Your Own Love Again’ EP

Nearly every time, Jessica Pratt sounds like a ghostly spirit from some folksy, abandoned epoch; isolate any of her tracks and it’ll play like the scratchy, antique balladry of a ’60s recluse strumming tender, hippie muses by a deep-woods campfire. Her sound is uncannily old, her 28-year-old glints of lovelorn regret a warm counsel. She takes us…

Review: Cloakroom x ‘Further Out’ EP

It was confirmed when indie collective Cloakroom released their promotional 7” single, “Dream Warden”, this past November that one of the Midwest threesome’s best weapons is smoldering distortion; they rock with mind-trampling shoegaze, taking a consolingly messy approach that drowns out your ears and fills the mind with cloudy angst from a strangely warm and…

Aesop Rock Releases Mini-EP, ‘Cat Food’

In a mini, four-track compilation, Aesop Rock just released two new singles (“Cat Food”, “Bug Zapper”) and their corresponding instrumentals via iTunes. The NY-rooted emcee’s last release in 2012, Skelethon, harbored a kind of dark hyperactivity; Rock’s keen wordplay trudged through mucky, industrial-sounding beats (“Cycles to Gehenna”, “ZZZ Top”), melting tongue-twisted cyphers with brain-quaking distortion, zapping…

Gem of the Week: “Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)”-Marvin Gaye

Song: “Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)” Artist: Marvin Gaye Album: What’s Going On (1971) While Marvin Gaye’s soulful legacy can be traced back to short and sweet Motown hits with Tammi Terrell (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need To Get By”) or other snappy, mid-’60s radio classics (“I Heard It Through the…

Gem of the Week: “From Me To You”-Janis Ian

Song: “From Me To You” Artist: Janis Ian Album: Between The Lines (1975) Janis Ian’s cozy, folk-pop specialty, an audible comfort delivered with the spinning of any LP from the ’70s singer-songwriter’s poignant collection, wasn’t recognized in a mainstream way until the release of her seventh album, Between the Lines. And today, she’s still considered fairly obscure….