Category: Music Reviews

Move Like: Bad Royale’s new EP

If you like the reggae instrumentals of Bob Marley set against the fast-paced, bass-heavy electronic music put out by Baaeur, you’ll love Bad Royale’s new EP, Move Like, which came out earlier today on Mad Decent.  Continue reading

Thundercat’s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam

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If you liked the funkadelic elements of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Flying Lotus’s Cosmogramma and You’re Dead!, you’ll love Stephen Bruner’s AKA Thundercat’s newest mini album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, featuring keyboard contributions by jazz legend Herbie Hancock and production from FlyLo himself.

Following his two previous albums, The Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011) and Apocalypse (2013), The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, released Monday, is a collection of songs that brings aspects of jazz fusion, psychedelics and more to the table.

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Toro Y Moi is in the “room for 1zone”

Less than two months ago, Toro Y Moi released his latest album, What For?

He ventures away from his funky, psychedelic music and confidently dips his toes into a slow trap beat in his new song, “room for 1zone” (or “room-for-one zone”). Continue reading

Taylor Swift’s New Song “Shake It Off” Is A Simple But Visually Powerful Anthem For People Everywhere

T-Swizzle has a new song out, yo. And for once, it’s not about a boy!

If you heard the song but didn’t see the music vid, you might not be as excited about it. The lyrics are pretty repetitive:

Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off
Heart break is gonna break, break, break
And I think it’s gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off

But in between are notions of individuality, of people doing their own thing and breaking stereotypes and pursuing whatever dreams they like.

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The Power of the Remix

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I know what it feels like, to cringe as an artist completely butchers a perfectly intact song, or a music producer bizarrely remixes a song with great potential. I typically respond by emitting an audible groan, abandoning hope.

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Lea Michele: Always in the spotlight

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Just as Miley Cyrus shed her TV identity as Hannah Montana, so too should Lea Michele ditch her role as the neurotic but talented Rachel Berry on the hit TV-show Glee.

As the series wraps up with its sixth and final season, it is evident that Michele is headed on to a bright future. Continue reading

Wildcat! Wildcat!: Too Underground for You?

Wildcat! Wildcat! is the name of a new band that just released their first EP, which consists of four beautifully constructed songs.

“The Chief” leads you into the album with a swanky beat, accompanied by a simple piano playing in the background. Right away, you’ll notice that these songs contain few lyrics; they aren’t trying to cram in as many words as possible. Rather, they let their voices stretch out the words, letting them ring out and fade away into the melody. I’ve always had a fond appreciation of these sorts of songs. The song ends with a saxophone solo that comes into the foreground, allowing the voices to be the background accompaniment. Continue reading