Gem of the Week: “The Glamorous Life”-Sheila E.

Song: “The Glamorous Life” Artist: Sheila E. Album The Glamorous Life (1984) 80’s pop singer-drummer goddess Sheila E.’s first album, The Glamorous Life remains a mesh-legginged, big-haired strut and a #throwbackthursday win. Released in ’84, at the height of Madonna-styled female independence, chunky bangles, and snappy radio hits, the singer’s freshman studio album bops with quirky synths, heavy dance…

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….

Remix Alert: “bad guy” x Billie Eilish x Justin Bieber

If you haven’t already gotten hip to the can’t-be-caged, kooky perfection of 17-year-old indie pop singer Billie Eilish, now would be a good time. Armed with a honeyed voice, customized chains, and an affinity for baggy Louis-V sweats, she’s gained mass love with the releases of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and dont…

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…

‘ANOTHA ONE’…(of Drake’s Tracks Sprung a Leak)

The fourth track in a slew of accidentally-released predecessors, [Drizzy’s hand at a Jackson Browne voiceover (“These Days“) and a tropical, Popcaan masterpiece collab (“Controlla“) to name a few] this week’s two, pre-Views leaks are sponsored by OVO labelmate and fellow gloom’n’b-er PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Tell Me”), as well as a posthumous Pimp C donation (“Faithful”). “Tell Me”…

Majid Jordan Drops “Day and Night”, Confirms 2/5 Album Date

The OVO-labeled dance-pop duo just dropped yet another gem from their upcoming, self-titled project–expected February 5th next week. Clinging to their trend of slick, loungey ambience, “Day and Night” is a drum ‘n’ synth-driven cut, mashed with fluttery keyboards that provide the completion–not competition–to Majid Al Maskati’s cooing vocals and cerebral hook: (“But here, as…

Review: Justin Bieber-‘Purpose’

Bieber. The ‘love-to-hate/hate-to-love’ poster child of tatted rebellion and shaggy blonde angst, and likely, the worst-case model for premature fame-exposure. Flash-forward a year and a half from the mop-bucket antics, suburban speed racing, and general face-palming idiocy, and here we have his apology; a belated, side-eyed, hit record one…but a subtle peace offering at that….

Review: Neon Indian-‘VEGA INTL. Night School’

Sweaty, deep-house digressions, blurry disco lights, and a lo-fi, synthpop kind of tipsy: it’s the sensory overload that Alan Palomo and the rest of Neon Indian chains to you. Though in somewhat subtle of means and small of doses, they’ve actually been administering this since 2009. VEGA INTL. Night School arrives two years after the band’s…