Artist: 
MELT
Label: 
Danger Collective/Topsheld

Unsurprisingly, MELT is an emo band from New Jersey (because where else do they come from?), but surprisingly they have an interesting take on the genre that stands out from so many other bands that all just sound like each other. Riffer, clocking in at just under-half-an-hour is a neat little album that I think lives up to its goal as printed on the information sticker - to give "an update to early Aughts' emo." Taking the rushing and kick-start instrumentation from older music, but pairing it with toned-down and flatline vocals gives Riffer <

Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Sounds Like: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Sounds Like: 
90's alt rock
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Career Crooks
Label: 
URBNET communications Inc / Fontana North

 

  The album contains rich thick beats complimented by deep baritone voices spitting lyrical raps with high vocabulary. 

Sounds Like: 
Immortal Technique
Sounds Like: 
Thirsting Howl The 3rd, Fly Anakin, Aesop Rock
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Alice Glass
Label: 
Loma Vista

It's been three years since former Crystal Castles vocalist and co-founder Alice Glass departed from the beloved electronic group to embark on her solo career. After the release of a few singles ("Stillbirth", "Without Love"), Glass surprised dropped her first extended play and formal release, rightfully self-titled Alice Glass. Although there are definitely some Crystal Castles influences here, fans will be surprised to find some surprising new elements that can be heard in the EP.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Castles
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
E Grizzly
Label: 
E Grizzly ( self released )

   If you're looking for deep high paced, popular club sounding hip hop mixed with lyrical wit and poetry this is the album for you. There were parts of the album that made me feel like it was simply filled with catchy immoral phrases about getting money and the non existence of love and the "game." E. Grizzly himself however is not just a rap artist. E grizzly is a Hip Hop artist, combining the music with the philosophical and visual. He Grizzly does street art, elements of which are reflected on the cover of this album.

Sounds Like: 
Silly Da Man
Sounds Like: 
Philly Black
Sounds Like: 
Paris Brown
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Spike Wilner Trio
Label: 
Cellar Live

Spike Wilner is not only a Jazz godfather he is a virtuoso with fingers that move over the ivory keys like an arachnid over a silk web. Spike has woven this post-bop Kind of Blue web over decades of religious jazz appreciation and original creative cultivation.

Sounds Like: 
Thelonious Monk
Sounds Like: 
Gerald Clayton
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Joy Downer
Label: 
Joy Downer

"Radio Dreamer" by Joy Downer is the work of married couple Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer. It's a dreamwave EP of just five songs, featuring Joy's saccharine voice floating over pop beats and bouncy drums. It's a mix of Lana Del Rey, CHVRCHES, and Soren Bryce.

Sounds Like: 
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Oceano
Label: 
Sumerian Records

If you are looking for exemplary deathcore, look no further! Oceano's newest release really delivers some great metal. Both of the singles I listened to are extremely heavy, which is to be expected. Vocalist Adam Warren's vocals immediately stand out. In the two songs, he spans a diverse range of vocal tone, using many techniques such as low screams and death growls. The guitar tone is amazingly brutal. Obviously, the guitar is tuned low and the tone is heavy as a truck! Lastly, the drums are just fantastic.

Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Ron Pope
Label: 
Brooklyn Basement Records

"Ron Pope? That name sounds so familiar."
"Yeah, he's the dude that sang 'Drop in the Ocean'."
"Oh, that's right! Wow, my preteen angst has suddenly returned."

Sounds Like: 
Civil Wars
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Dua Lipa // Pink Panda
Label: 
Pink Panda

"New Rules" by Dua Lipa is an instant jam, so much so that its various (and multifarious) remixes either up the already heightened ante or else fall completely flat. The Pink Panda Remix starts off fairly lackluster, a very basic twangy beat that lasts 15 seconds before Dua Lipa's voice layers in just as it normally does in the original song. The remix stays pretty steady with that same beat until the chorus, when it peaks with a more subtle, electro beat.

Sounds Like: 
Garage Band
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Floating Points
Label: 
Luaka Bop

    The artist Floating Points, an English electronic musician and Neuroscientist who has been making music for roughly 3 to 4 years with several albums available on spotify has dropped his 2017 album "Reflections- Mojave Desert." His newest album makes his history in science evident through its experimental samples and meditative like composition.

Sounds Like: 
Meditation music
Sounds Like: 
Yoga Spa background noise with a tough of classical musical awareness
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
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