Review: TV on the Radio-‘Seeds’

Another stint in their 12-year, voltaic art-rock career, Seeds is TV on the Radio’s pulsating, public re-entry by way of new, pleasant discombobulation. It’s also their first work in three years, following the loss of bassist Gerard Smith to cancer during the release of Nine Types of Light (2011). The EP runs the instrumental gamut, from handbell-tinkling,…

Logic Leaks ‘Under Pressure’ EP Title Track

Maryland hip-hop artist Logic’s under-the-radar status remains puzzling. With a recent signing to the Def Jam label and 4 mixtapes under his belt–all with Frank Sinatra-themed eloquence and a self-effacing calling card–you’d think the 24-year-old lyrical sniper would’ve made a bigger dent in the hip-hop sphere by now. He even made moves with Childish Gambino,…

Jhené Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’: First Impressions

With sponsorship from iTunes First Play, a convenient [and free] source of sneak-peek streams for upcoming albums, fans of the silken-voiced Jhené Aiko can get an audible taste of her newest project and second EP, “Souled Out”. And from the initial album stream, it sounds like gold. While ‘Meditative-R&B’ may not be an official genre…

Drake Puts the “Heart” Back in Hartford

Drake played at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford last night…*sigh*…as well as someone else, whose first name starts with L and last rhymes with pain. I think that by now everyone knows of my Tunechi dislike, but I had to [somewhat] suppress it last night, seeing as at least half the crowd around me was…

in OVO news: a little about Majid Jordan…

So although I’m late to the party…the one regarding Drake’s OVO pals/label signee Majid Jordan, that is, I wanted to take a moment to both praise and bask in all of the electro-R&B magic that is this young Canadian DJ duo. We first heard their talents in the background of “Hold On We’re Going Home”…that…

Iggy Azalea: “The New Classic” of White-Girl Rap

Since it’s safe to assume Iggy Azalea’s just about the only white, Australian girl in the rap game, it’s only fitting to conclude that, considering all these things…she’s killing it. The 23-year-old hip-hop artist’s latest EP, The New Classic, blends fast raps with witty hooks that border on ear-friendly pop, while Iggy sets listeners straight…

August Alsina’s ‘Testimony’ is Hip-Hop & R&B’s Happy Medium

Testimony takes off like a lot of entry-level R&B albums: a soft, Drake-y intro littered with piano and girly appeal, making its first impression as your typical “slow jam” set list. What follows, to our surprise, is a lot deeper. R&B and occasional hip-hop artist August Alsina opens his adolescent wounds in “Testify”, giving way…