iMessaging Avi Buffalo

After a series of wildly unsuccessful attempts at meeting up for an in-person interview in Austin at SXSW, Avi Buffalo and I decided to simply chat via iMessage. I discussed a myriad of things with the fascinating Long Beach-based artist, including (but not limited to) Jewish food, Instagram, words, and porta potties.

Artist: 
Temples
Label: 
Heavenly Recordings

This is something that will grow on you. Temples is a knockout entirely definitely, however like I said, this will grow on you. Being the first time my listening to their album and there quartet as a whole, Volcanoes is an instant favorite from everything I've heard thus far. Having added it to my collection of music forever expanding, I now have gotten to dig deeper into their history and have heard their first album, Sun Structures, and combined with Volcanoes I have to say I prefer the first of the two mentioned more.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Wale & DJ Luna
Label: 
Self Released

Wale put together this mixtape with DJ Luna and it really surprised me how good some of these tracks are. I haven't really followed Wale as of late but I want to say this is the best thing he has relesased in a while. Hopefully this mixtape will remind his fans how skilled of a lyricist he can really be. The beats on this mixtape are also very good. A lot of the samples are 70s soul inspired. It is good see Wale has gone back to his roots with this mixtape.

Sounds Like: 
Pusha T
Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Mother Mother
Label: 
Universal Music Canada

This is the sixth album from these Canadian indie rockers. They have a pretty good following in Canada.  Someone described the band as "hip hop-influenced power ballads, as if Adam Lambert had joined the Dirty Projectors." I found this description to be pretty accurate. Their songs are pretty generic indie pop tracks with electronic beats.

Sounds Like: 
Said The Whale
Sounds Like: 
Arkells
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Lupe Fiasco
Label: 
1st and 15th Entertainment

Lupe Fiasco’s new album introduces itself with a shocking display of force: “Dopamine Lit (Intro)” is two minutes and 49 seconds of foghorn bass, fiery bars, and a half-joking, half-drunken chorus that includes a Billboard flip-off, a Lord of the Rings reference, and some self-consciously nonsensical trap grunts, for good measure. The song especially feels like a pleasant surprise attack when held against the eternally put-upon rapper’s consistently inconsistent delivery over the last few years.

Sounds Like: 
Ab-Soul
Sounds Like: 
Wale
Sounds Like: 
Kid Cudi
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Letherette
Label: 
Ninja Tune

If you have trouble sleeping, this is your cup of tea. Or even better, if your yoga session is need of some bangers, then maybe this will help you finish that special plank position. Or if you just like star gazing, and eating a nice dinner this is everything you ever wanted. I can't say anything bad about this album in terms of how it's gonna make you feel. This is one of those albums where it's not meant for the radio, it's meant for your soul. It can take you on a journey to neverland and back, and then some. Wherever your mind desires.

Sounds Like: 
Stumblein
Sounds Like: 
Blackmill
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Rick Ross
Label: 
Epic Records

YO this album go soft and hard at the same time. Chris Rock yellin and being savage, just makes it that much better. Trap Trap Trap easily one of my favorites, young thug spitting bars again, and this time you can understand him a bit better. Summer Seventeen, we've heard it somewhere, cough* Purple Lamborghin *cough. It's all good it's still lit. Maybach music hits hard once again, and delivers an a great sound that sticks. Ross is able to single handedly and skillfully put many of his personal styles in one album.

Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Sounds Like: 
Young Dro
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Coucheron
Label: 
The Toothfairy Label

If Marshmello and Chormeo had a love child you get Coucheron. Yes that's right, this artist is really pushin the happy and deep vibes, with a touch of some modern Chainsmokers, this guy could hit stardom in no time. My favorite single, Barely Floating, brings a really nice and cute percussive feel, that makes it easy to chill to. This artist reminds me of Mord Fustang, the early stuff where it almost sounded like Deadmau5 but it didn't, yeah it brought me there. This album needs to be played on the radio, I know for sure it will be on mine.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo
Sounds Like: 
Marshemello
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Chromesparks
Label: 
Future Classic

If you've ever wanted to understand how Mr. Krabs could have enjoyed that song that went "boo boo beep beep", then this is the single for you. "Wake" is a 2017 album by chromesparks, an RPM style band who has tour dates so they're pretty popular I would hope. When I listened to this song I felt like I was being abducted by whispering robots, so that was pretty cool. I liked the beat, and generally anything with a poppy beat and robo-influenced synthesizers is a-okay by me.

Sounds Like: 
FFO Giraffage
Sounds Like: 
Slow Magic
Sounds Like: 
xxyyxx
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Taylor Bennett
Label: 
Tay Bennett Entertainment

With Chance making his more than indelible mark on the city of Chicago in the form of music and public outreach, it would be silly to assume that the entire Bennett family isn’t talented. The father of the family being a political face in a rather tumultuous environment in Chicago, Chance making a big name for himself through tours, self-marketing, and free music via chanceraps.com, and now all eyes are on Taylor Bennett with his second studio album “Restoration of an American Idol”.

Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
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