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…

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…

Album Review: ‘SUCKER’-Charli XCX

Around this time last year, circa-Iggy Azalea collaboration, Charli XCX appeared as more of a pop sidepiece than an actual center-stage star. She provided the swanky, blaring vocals for the chart-busting “Fancy”, but ‘blowing up’ on her own certainly didn’t seem a likely scenario. At least that’s what it looked like to those not up…

Review: ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’-J. Cole

“Do you wanna, do you wanna be…happy?”, asks a withdrawn J. Cole over the piano-glistened intro of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It seems an immaterial question; at this juncture–one signposted with a self-founded record label, three studio albums, five other trophy mixtapes, and the hosting of in-home, Fayetteville listening sessions for fans, it’s hard to…

Gem of the Week: “Waterfall”-Carly Simon

Song: “Waterfall” Artist: Carly Simon Album: Playing Possum (1975) Carly Simon’s music has always come from a moody, sentient place. Though her voice still isn’t the smoothest of the ’70s female pop collective, its throaty warmth grows on you–as does Simon’s intimate tone. Whether it’s the ex-trashing acerbity of the classic “You’re So Vain”–a biting, anti-narcissism…

Gem of the Week: “Resolution”-John Coltrane

Song: “Resolution” Artist: John Coltrane Album: A Love Supreme (1965) One of the most masterful brains of avant-garde jazz, John Coltrane and his sax-wielding were accompanied by unmatched ease and emotion. Every band session, LP, and private concert a new and fresh, nose-first dive into sound experiment, the ever-relevant artist’s approach was bracingly wild and unrehearsed–and today,…

Streaming: Theophilus London’s ‘Vibes’

If you were curious about the Trinidadian-Brooklynite, can’t-be-categorized artist, his November 4th studio album is now Soundcloud stream-ready. Yeezy-produced, Vibes embodies a Theo that gracefully dabbles in disco, trance, hip-hop, and probably five other genres. In a semi-hipster Maxwell-meets-Kid Cudi amalgam, and with help from a ‘Ye custom beat-tailoring, there’s really no instrumental London can’t fit into….

Review: Tinashe’s First-Time EP ‘Aquarius’

For the ambient, breathy-voiced Tinashe, entry into R&B’s circle was gradual; specifically, the singer’s acclaim only solidified after three top-notch mixtape releases between 2011-2013–and the trickling of last January’s radio banger, “2 On” (feat. ScHoolboy Q) into urban radio’s loop. Finally, the 21-year-old songstress has caught the attention of neo-R&B listeners, pop-heads, and some in between….