Fiercest Friday Ever: Review- “MOOD 4 EVA” -Beyoncé x Jay-Z x Childish Gambino

The Lion King: The Gift dropped at midnight, and therein lies possibly the most lioness, clout-dripping club anthem of the summer. Already the standout track of the just-released film companion album/solo present to the Hive, the G.O.A.T.-concocted “MOOD 4 EVA” is untameably Bey and Lion King-fitting: a rallying Afrobeat power jam thumping with unadulterated pride,…

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…

Jamie xx Drops “Loud Places” (Feat. Romy)

For six years now, Jamie xx has made a killing fashioning shadowy, soul-seizing micro-symphonies out of otherwise commonplace, indie pop basics: electric drums, 808s, rhythm guitar. And between the 20-something producer’s solo work to the xx’s own, small but hallowed discography, there’s gold to be treasured. The magnetism of Jamie’s melodies involves more than the…

New Track: Dawn Richard x “Physical”

The ex-Danity Kane affiliate just dropped an EDM-loaded track, “Physical”, a solo precursor to her studio album Blackheart, scheduled for a January 15th release. The 31-year-old singer, since disbandment, has been dropping singles, rolling out vids, and squashing the female dance/pop competition with the Diddy-sponsored EP Goldenheart (2013) and a handful of self-releases before it (Armor On, Whiteout)….

Marina & The Diamonds x “Froot”

For the art-pop, mock-bubblegum artist Marina & The Diamonds, the right recognition has always been synonymous with kooky, vibrant releases that possess just enough melodic magnetism to grab the weird and the mainstream. In the case of her 2010 album Family Jewels, riotous pop hooks and hazy-eyed anti-love campaign decorated the bleacher-stomping, girl-power EP. The 2012 Electra…

Underrated Drake: 10 OVO Gems (Still) in Hiding

Though Drake’s spent his past birthday weekend cranking out a trio of new material, [“How About Now”, “6 God”, “Heat of the Moment”–all of which you can find here], there’s nothing like taking a moment to dig back into pre-OVO Drizzy and observe the transformation. The iconic So Far Gone, AKA the 2009 ‘start-all’ mixtape, still…

“Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe”-Jessie Ware x J. Cole: The Smoldering Remix

A surprise, supplementary collab to her recently released Tough Love EP, Brit-pop singer Jessie Ware’s “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” remix with J. Cole lets “Power Trip”-Jermaine seep through the stuttering, slinky beat’s intro, with a 16-bar tongue-twist of brazen, street-contrary endearment… “Life is strange, people grow, feelings change, nothing really lasts…/But my god, while we’re here can we just…

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…

Aloe Blacc Belts it Out on ‘Lift Your Spirit’

  A little R&B and a lot more Funk, artist Aloe Blacc and his music remain a diamond in the rough. The 35-year-old soul singer’s got all the bases covered: melody, production, variety, and more importantly–lyrical substance that leaves you with a smile. It’s R&B with cultural consciousness. The positivity is unmistakable, but it’s not…