Artist: 
Tasha the Amazon
Label: 
The Truth Music Group

Tasha the Amazon’s debut album Die Every Day is definitely an interesting listen. A Canadian rapper and she is not shying away from the intensity or the fresh beats of the Canadian rappers before her. Her lyrics are more intense as if she is trying to prove herself on the rap scene, which is understandable as an upcoming female artist. In the song prayer we see this in the lyrics like,

 

Sounds Like: 
Tru Fam
Sounds Like: 
Audra the Rapper
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017

A R I Z O N A Interview - 4/25/2017

DJ Kira Kat got to chat on the phone with A R I Z O N A -- the band, not the state.

Artist: 
Grave Digger
Label: 
Napalm Records

Healed By Metal is  the 18th album by German metal band Grave Digger and it features ten songs on it. I had heard of Grave Digger before but never actually listened to their music so I really wasn't sure what to expect but right from the first song I was already pleased. The album begins with the song "Healed by Metal" and because it's the same name as the album I was expecting it to really hook you into the album and that's exactly what it did. The song has good instrumentals and a sort of chanting chorus that I really enjoyed.

Sounds Like: 
Running Wild
Sounds Like: 
Rage
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
Actress
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Actress recently released two new singles, Dancing in the Smoke and X22RME. Dancing in the Smoke is definitely a song I would imagine incorporated in to a boiler room set. It’s a very trippy song with a constant beat and chopped vocals. This would definitely qualify as warehouse techno. While the song has subtle nuance changes throughout it does not change much aside from random glitches and sounds being thrown into the song but there is no real drop.

Sounds Like: 
Eric PRYDZ
Sounds Like: 
Tiesto
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
ho9909
Label: 
Toys Have Power / Deathkult LLC

 Ho9909's singles are hardcore and grimy. Loud, explosive, explicit and grungy.

On their single "City Rejects" Starts off with more of a hard rock vibe, and guitar rifts accentuate this. The beat is faced paced and this track is resembles punk garage rock more then hip hop but still has metal elements infused into it, the lyrics are almost inaudible, screamed over the beat and fast. This track is a head banger 

Sounds Like: 
Deathgrips
Sounds Like: 
Punk / Metal version of Talking Heads
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017

Naked Giants @ SXSW

I got to catch up with Seattle-based rockers Naked Giants outside a slew of food trucks in downtown Austin during SXSW last month. I had just seen their set at The Blackheart, and the young trio definitely did not fail to bring their quintessential energy to the fest. We chatted about a plethora of stuff over lunch-- including Will Toledo, excluding the world-renowned Econo Lodge.

Emily Beiser: Hi Naked Giants! What are each of you most excited for this week?

Henry LaVallee: The food.

Gianni Aiello: The views.

Grant Mullen: The food.

Artist: 
Jidenna
Label: 
Wondaland

The Chief is the debut studio album from Wondaland artist Jidenna. Jidenna previously burst onto the scene in 2015 with the release of the critically acclaimed track “Classic Man”. Coupled with the instant hit remixed version of the song featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Classic Man” went on to be Grammy nominated and put Jidenna on the map. After a short break, Jidenna resurfaced with an incredible guest performance of his song “Long Live the Chief” on Marvel’s Luke Cage, which would go on to be the first single from the Album.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
CashPassion
Label: 
Independent

CashPassion's possibilities is the first EP released by former Travis Scott engineer turned rapper. The project is heavily trap influenced which makes sense given the rapper's connection with prominent trap-rap artists such as Travis Scott. Cashpassion shoots for many of the same beats, vocal performances, and flows that Travis Scott has become known for but unfortunately does so on a far less grander and less epic scale.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scoot
Sounds Like: 
Post Malone
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
Jose James
Label: 
Blue Note Records

Smooth and Sensual, let Jose James rock you into heartbreak gently. Love in a Time of Madness takes you into a smooth, hot coco in a cafe studying type of mood, but equally into a mood of slowly sipping tequila at a dance club trying to forget how lonely you truly are. This album is slow and heavy and is tinged with a bit of sadness and regret, but covers this generations obsession with love through the lenses of impermeability, online app dating and open relationships. Everyone deserves to be loved, right?

Sounds Like: 
R&B Club Songs
Sounds Like: 
Break Up music
Sounds Like: 
Barry White Mixed with Lando Chill
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/