Review: ‘High Expectations’ is Mabel’s #hotgirlsummer Gift to All

ICYMI, 2019’s been UK singer Mabel’s year of niche-carving in the Brit-pop world: that which makes room for a glossy-voiced alloy of sweet-and-sour pop and tropics-dipped Dancehall. Daughter of famed Swedish singer-DJ-rapper-songwriter Neneh Cherry, the 23-year-old artist caught late-Spring/early-summer radio attention with singles “One Shot”, “Mad Love”, and “Cigarette [feat. RAYE & Stefflon Don]”, and…

Ariana Pens Situationship Rulebook on “boyfriend”

How Ariana Grande and her perfect high pony stay intact, through loss, breakup, and letdown may actually be the eighth world wonder. Though a self-admitted “trainwreck” on her newest track “boyfriend”, Grande shines on her newest release with Pittsburgh pop duo Social House: a hair-flipped, sulky-pop proposal for your standard, generational ‘situationship’. A pouty, bass-driven beat [prod….

Review: Chance The Rapper – ‘The Big Day’

The Big Day, Chance The Rapper’s passionate first dive into studio albumdom, feels as much zealous Sunday service as it does a grinning reveal of a tireless whiz kid’s first science project. “If you blink you might miss it, you gotta click it or ticket/You gotta go get to gettin’ before it’s gone…”, implores Chance…

New Track: “Gold Roses” – Drake x Rick Ross

“Do you love me, or love seeking attention?”, grills Drake on his newest cut with Rick Ross: a side-eyed, piano-flickered freestyle that reiterates the OVO singer-rapper’s still-earnest desire to be memorialized for Aubrey Graham, and Aubrey Graham alone. With So Far Gone celebrating its tenth birthday this past February, the Drake legacy is a decade + in…

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…

Foals Shares “What Went Down” + Music Video

It’s been two years since the release of Holy Fire: enough time for any pent-up antsiness surrounding the Oxford indie collective’s studio album return to reach its peak. The shoegaze world stirs, and Foals is searing the anticipation. Complete with corresponding video, the fivesome just dropped “What Went Down” on Tuesday, its first debut a highlight…

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…

New Track: “Love Again” x Ta-Ku, JMSN, & Sango

Still coasting on his ‘JMSN’ EP wave from back in November, the indie-R&B crooner drops a new track with collaborators Ta-Ku and Sango. The singer-songwriter donates a smoldering gospel delivery on “Love Again”, per Australian producer Ta-Ku and his soulful arrangement. The track’s recipe: thick, Sunday-service piano licks and a chilling overlay of his and…