Artist: 
Rapsody
Label: 
Jamla Record / Culture Over Everything

After listening to this album, Crown EP, several timees I can say I've liked it more and more. Lauryn Hill often came to mind. I love the tracks on this album as it shows true talent of a female MC spitting rhyme after rhyme. Gonna Miss You is probably the popular track that features Raphael Saadiq that is one of the more upbeat tracks. Tina Turner is probably my favorite track that whose beats take turns making it one of the more original songs. #Goals is another favorite track that has her providing catchy vocals that flow smoothly along with beat.

Sounds Like: 
Lauryn Hill
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Petrolane
Label: 
Future Everything

Petrolane's LP "How Long" is a very experimental LP that has a lot of fun Middle Eastern Flair. This album starts out strong, with a really cool experimental rhythm, using a lot of auditory negative space which I really enjoy. The second song "Adventures" was a little too weird for my taste but overall in the album that was the only song I didnt exactly like, the album sort of found its place after the second song.

Sounds Like: 
Neat Beats
Sounds Like: 
Flume in BollyWood
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
The Lox
Label: 
Roc Nation Records

"Filthy American... Its Beautiful" by The Lox, came out in 2016. It is very hard and intense, sort of old-school 50 cent-esque rap. Most of their songs deal with how dope they are and how many people know of them. I would like to say I am a connosieur of rap and I haave never heard of them. Their rap style is a lot like SnowGoons where it has  hard hitting beats and a sort of yelling way of rapping. If the yelling rap is done right I like it a lot but they seem over their heads in their fame.

Sounds Like: 
50 Cent
Sounds Like: 
SnowGoons
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Knoxx
Label: 
Freetown Dreaming

Knoxx, a man from Sierra Leone, came out with an album "Freetown Dreaming" by the cover you would think that it would be rap album but the first song "Take Me Away" starts country guy named Kenton Shelley singing "oh girl just take me away" and it definitely threw me off, the song then goes to Knoxx rapping over an acoustic guitar but honestly it just sounds like a country dude wanted to try rapping. It was hard finding a sub-genre for this album as every song ahas a new and weird sample, to it.

Sounds Like: 
A young young Lupe Fiasco
Sounds Like: 
A sound cloud rapper that likes to go backpacking in impoverished nations
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
All Else Fails
Label: 
Self-Released

The new All Else Fails EP, The Forever Lie, is a mixture of thrash metal and metalcore. The EP is majority screamed and growled vocals with a very many clean vocal which is used less and less in metalcore. The riffs in this album remind me of old Bullet For My Valentine, which is also missing from most metalcore. The song “The Sons of Plenty” stands out to me, the song brings back many happy memories of moshing back in my day. (Seach Youtube for the music videos.

Sounds Like: 
Bullet For My Valentine
Sounds Like: 
Volumes
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Maggie Rogers
Label: 
Universal Music Group

I want to start this out by saying I am usually very typical about the type of Lo-fi I like, but Maggie Rogers in her album "Now That The Light is Fading" blows me away. Her vocals are outstanding and it is overal very etheral and beautiful. The album starts out very strong with the song "Color Strong" and it never falls into mediocrity, each song is different but equally as great. I have just found one of my new favorite albums.

Sounds Like: 
Florence + The Machine
Sounds Like: 
A calmer Carly Rae
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Matteo Vallicelli
Label: 
Captured Tracks

Matteo Vallicelli is perhaps most widely known as the touring drummer for post punks The Soft Moon. Vallicelli recently made his solo debut with Primo, a radical departure from the punk and hardcore of his other outfit. Primo is a instrumental electronic record that brings Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never to mind. The songs are slow crescendos of synths, that morph and move into different vibes in interesting and novel ways.

Sounds Like: 
Tim Hecker
Sounds Like: 
Black Marble
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Five Alarm Funk
Label: 
Warner Music Canada

Five Alarm Funk's funky album "Sweat" is some super groovy stuff, each song sounds similar but different, it never feels overplayed or that youre listening to the same thing over and over again. The only song that did sound repetitve was track 9, "Humans" there are a couple of biblical referances where they replace the lord, or christ, or god, is replaced with funk or groove, at one point in track 10 they say "its the spirit of the holy groove" very groovy.

Sounds Like: 
70's groovy car chase music
Sounds Like: 
New Orleans-esque music
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
The Black Line
Label: 
CRock Records

Formed as a one man band from Ontario Canada, the Black Line has a thrashing guitar genre that is reminiscent of the garage band genres of the 90's and 2000's. With a mix of semi-thoughtful/punk lyrics and pretty solid mixing of the song components, the Black Line has some solid punk rock tracks. No One Cares, Gemini, and more are all guitar heavy tracks that strike a consistent balance between insturmentals and vocals, which is impressive given the one-man nature of this band.

Sounds Like: 
Front Bottoms but more rock
Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Sounds Like: 
NOFX
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Why?
Label: 
Joyful Noise Recordings

In the beginning, Why? was Yoni Wolf. He rapped under the stage name "Why?" and made weird music for weirdo rap label/collective Anticon which he founded with friends in 1998. Now he releases music with his band Why?, and they make weird, beautiful indie rock. It was a gradual transition but the hip-hop influence remains. It informs the word density, cleverness, and rhythm of Yoni's vocals, but rest assured that this isn't rapping over guitars. With Moh Lhean, Why?

Sounds Like: 
Why?
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
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