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By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Baths: Romaplasm

Baths Romaplasm (Anticon) Romaplasm opens with “Yeoman” a track which like many others could do without the vocals. The instrumentals still have the signature stutter step sound (see “Human Bog”), but More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Sango: In the Comfort of

Sango In the Comfort of (Last Gang Records) The album begins with “His Name.”  This strong intro makes it easy to appreciate the sonic glory of the gospel vocal samples before the track quickly flows into More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Miguel: War & Leisure

Miguel War & Leisure (RCA Records) Miguel’s War & Leisure starts of with “Criminal,” a track that rocks. It’s simultaneously heavy and light, and an irreverent ode to a perfect romantic match. Rick Ross’ More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Friday, December 8th, 2017

Fever Ray: Plunge

Fever Ray Plunge (MUTE) Fever Ray’s Plunge allows listeners to dive deep into Karin Dreijer’s sonic curiosities. The album starts of with “Wanna Sip.” Here Dreijer’s lyrics and struggle are loud and clear, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Majid Jordan: The Space Between

Majid Jordan The Space Between (OVO Sound) A funky, slightly moody “Intro” sets the tone for Majid Jordan’s The Space Between, and promptly takes us into “Gave Your Love Away.” This track has some serious More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Monday, November 6th, 2017

Sisters of Mercy – Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Sisters of Mercy Some Girls Wander By Mistake (Warner Music UK) The 4 LP re-issue of Sisters of Mercy’s Some Girls Wander By Mistake focuses on the early years of the band’s career. It includes an array More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

METZ: Strange Peace

METZ Strange Peace (Sub Pop Records) Since their debut in 2012, METZ have shown no signs of slowing down. Strange Peace is no different. “Mess of Wires” gets right into the action with heavy, ceaseless drumming, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Jhené Aiko: Trip

Jhené Aiko Trip (Def Jam Recordings) Jhené Aiko’s Trip opens with “LSD,” concisely setting the tone for this extremely personal R&B album tinged with psychedelia. The second track “Jukai,” delves deep More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The National: Sleep Well Beast

The National Sleep Well Beast (4AD) Their first album since 2013s masterful Trouble Will Find Me, The National’s Sleep Well Beast starts off strong and confident with “Nobody Else Will Be There.” This intro More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Daniel Caesar: Freudian

Daniel Caesar Freudian (Golden Child Recordings) Toronto singer/songwriter Daniel Caesar’s Fruedian starts off with the catchy, but soft single, “Get You” (featuring Kali Uchis). The subtle funk of the More...