Artist: 
Novembers Doom
Label: 
The End Records

Hamartia released their album Novembers Doom through The End Records, making this their tenth full length album. The vocals are powerful and controlling - reminiscent of the power one saw in Bowie's voice or even in actors who would play Erik (the Phantom of the Opera). The guitars and bass are powerful and loud, in the best way possible. Unlike a lot of doom, the vocals take front stage in this album and are the keystone of this album. The drummer, Sasha Horn, is crazy good and versitille.

Sounds Like: 
Prayer for Cleansing
Sounds Like: 
Invocation of Nehek
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
Label: 
Luaka Bop

Janka Nabay was a widely regarded pop star in his home country of Sierra Leone prior to the devastating civil war that ravaged the country throughout the 1990's. Forced to relocate to America, he brought the musical traditions of bubu with him - traditionally high tempoed, beautiful horned music that is now transposed and performed by synths. The synth work recalls William Onyeabor, intricate yet unshowy. Lyrically, Nabay deals with some heavy subjects - in "Santa Monica" he lyrically dances around an interrogation from the police, for instance.

Sounds Like: 
William Onyeabor
Sounds Like: 
Baloji
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017

DO NOT MISS this heavy hitting lineup coming to Rawhide on May 6th!

Grab tickets on the Relentless Beats website!

Artist: 
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Label: 
ATO

Alynda Segarra is the rock star we needed. Her group, Hurray for the Riff Raffhas been making americana seem more vital than it has felt in decades. Their latest record, The Navigator, feels like the arrival of a needed voice. A Bronx native now located in New Orleans, Segarra has a beautiful voice that delivers incisive and world-weary lyrics. While HFTRR's previous records have been more folk-oriented and more personal and intimate, The Navigator takes a hard turn into narrative rock opera.

Sounds Like: 
Broken Social Scene
Sounds Like: 
Calexico
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Little Dragon
Label: 
Off the Wall

“High”, a track pre-released of the Season High album expected to be released April 14th is mesmerizing with Indie vocals add a magical coffee house vibe. The minimal tunes of Little Dragon, a Sweedish quartet, in combination with the Yukimi Nagaon’s vocals remind me a lot of a Banks and SBTRKT mash up. Definetly the perfect song if you are looking for a bout of creativity. Pick up your paint brushes and break out your pens, if this track doesn’t inspire you then I don’t know what will.

Sounds Like: 
SBTRKT
Sounds Like: 
Goldfrapp
Sounds Like: 
Santigold
Name: 
Elena Ganev
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Bushwick Hotel
Label: 
Self-Released

Though The Bushwick Hotel is not literally a place of respite, the band's lively spirit, sonically eclectic elements, and bright elements will put hearts, minds, and ears at ease. From Brooklyn, New York, the band calls on inspiration from the likes of Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, David Bowie, The Band, and Van Morrison. Each member adds their own exotic talents for a diverse sound full of jazzy saxophone and swinging beats, making The Bushwick Hotel stand out from the crowd.

Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
Elvis Costello
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Antonio Adolfo
Label: 
Antonio Adolfo Music

Antonio Adolfo creates a beautiful sound as he glides his hands on the piano, in his album "Hybrido." The album is a samba, jazz album that proves that musical arrangements can make you as hyped up as a hip-hop album. The beating drums on "Prince of Darkness" gets your heart pumping and your feet stomping. It makes sense, since it is a cover of a Miles Davis song and we all know Miles Davis can get anyone dancing. On top of the amazing drums, songs like "Deluge" and "Black Nile" showcase Adolfo's skill at piano.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Sounds Like: 
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Rich the Kid
Label: 
Self Released

Rich the Kid, the Atlanta rapper that everyone has heard of once but doesn't really choose to acknowledge, has released his new mixtape, "The Rich Forever Way." While his song "Plug", which is not on this mixtape, has been popular right now, it's mostly because of the features on it, such as Kodak Black. This mixtape proves that Rich the Kid is better with features than by himself.

Sounds Like: 
Madeintyo
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Thundercat
Label: 
Brainfeeder

Drunk is Thundercat’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Kamasi Washington
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Obsessives
Label: 
Lame-o Records

The Obsessives' new self-titled album is an experience from beginning to end. The length of tracks varies from 36 seconds to nearly 4 minutes, yet they all seem to sound more or less the same. The singer is very monotonous. VERY monotonous and sounds like he slurs most of his words together. The lyrics don't make much sense, but they're entertaining. It's chill to listen to, not something you have to focus very hard on since there's just kinda the one layer to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Sorority Noise (but less good)
Sounds Like: 
Modern Baseball
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
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