New Single – VanJess x Goldlink – “Through Enough” Jarreau Vandal Remix

VanJess, the Nigerian-born electro R&B duo that’s questionably still obscure, joins GoldLink on a revamped “Through Enough”, mixed by Amsterdam DJ Jarreau Vandal. One of five remixes found on the Maxi Single compilation, the 4:20 nightclub cut features driving slap bass, disco-heavy breaks, and the fading in of Jessica and Ivana Nwokike’s original track vocals. Over deep…

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…

Review: Fleetwood Mac Live at the Hartford XL

On Saturday, November 1st, the Hartford XL center fell under a spell…one of Fleetwood Mac, that is—and a kind that managed to reach the monster arena’s top tier, hexing even the nosebleed-seat occupants. The sold-out, 70s mystical-rock affair hosted Stevie Nick’s witchy enchantment (complete with dreamy twirls and gypsy garb), a so-youthful-it’s-creepy dose of Lindsey…

Childish Gambino Drops the Spaced-Out “Sober”

Most of us get a little jumpy when singing-Gambino pops in. Maybe even a little misty-eyed…cause it’s such a treat. Though sporadic an appearance it might be, the role always proves to be a soft and seamless conversion…even for the enigmatic and reserved Donald Glover, whose usual modus operandi is colored with luxuriant puns, double…

Gem of the Week: “St. Charles”-Jefferson Starship

Song: “St. Charles” Artist: Jefferson Starship Album: Spitfire (1976) Marry swelling chord progressions with chilling, Fleetwood Mac-y dynamics, Grace Slick’s knee-buckling vocals, and a touch of dragon-folklore imagery…and you’ve got Jefferson Starship’s dizzying, 6-minute mirage known as “St. Charles”. Distant seagull calls and a Craig Chaquico-birthed, moody acoustic-guitar riff pave the way for this magical ride…with takeoff…

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…

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…

Schoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Shakes & Rattles Hip-Hop

Any time Black Hippy member/solorap artist Schoolboy Q has a new project in the works, the underground hip-hop world naturally stirs. Following in the footsteps of TDE teammate Kendrick Lamar, the West-Coast rapper drops his sophomore EP with a bang, [and some bangers]. 2013 was the year of K. Dot and m.A.A.d. City, (deservingly so), but…