EP2

Artist: 
Yaeji
Label: 
GODMODE
Sounds Like: 
Joji - chill-hop vibe
Sounds Like: 
The Black Skirts - indie alternative beats vibe
Sounds Like: 
DAZE - rpm low key vibe
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
Artist: 
Keys N Krates
Label: 
Dim Mak

It has been five years since Keys N Krates came into the scene with their debut EP, SOLOW (which spawned the certified gold "Dum Dee Dum"). Now, the trio has kicked off 2018 by releasing their long-awaited debut album, Cura. Those who are already familiar with Keys N Krates' style may still enjoy this album. For those who have never listened to them before, it may be a matter of love it or hate it.

Sounds Like: 
Baauer
Sounds Like: 
Flosstradamus
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2018
Artist: 
DROELOE
Label: 
bitbird

DROELOE commands the floor with their newest, assertive single "BACKBONE". The song starts off in a melancholy, minimalist soundscape that is effectively backed up by Nevve's lyrics about being left behind. Then, at the drop of the dime, her voice shifts into a more enthusiastic tone as if to say "f*** that." Not long after, the track abandons the minimalist tone of the intro in favor for a warm, complex chorus. One could say that the track grew its own backbone, showing the world all that it has to offer.

Sounds Like: 
Cashmere Cat
Sounds Like: 
WRLD
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2018
Artist: 
Palm
Label: 
Carpark Records

If you've heard any of Palm's past albums, get ready to have your idea of their musical style completely reformulated. This new album is comprised of dreamy synth beats, harmonized instruments, and muted vocals that all intertwine to create an album that I could definitely see myself putting on whenever I'm in the mood to destress. The songs on the album do not really match the title, Rock Island, but the band states that they are more comitted to the components of rock, rather than being fully attached to the sound and feel of the genre itself.

Sounds Like: 
Melkbelly
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2018

hippo campus winter tour 2018

Acts: 
hippo campus
Acts: 
sure sure
Concert Date: 
Sat, 01/27/2018
Location: 
The Van Buren

Hippo Campus, alternative rock group from Minnesota, is arguably one of my favorite bands that I have seen live. I originally heard about them my junior year in high school from a friend who had an extra ticket to one of their shows. I hadn’t listened to much of their stuff prior to going to that concert in 2016, however I trusted my friends taste in music and went with him. I was blown away by the bands catchy, ethereal yet punchy alt sound, and following that concert I went home and listened to their entire discography.

Reviewer: 
Michael Jepson
Artist: 
Louis The Child and Whethan
Label: 
Louis the Child and Whethan

The Honey EP, a collaboration between Louis the Child and Whethan is super sweet. The EP has six tracks- all completely instrumental. Billboard described them as ‘zippery’ and I think that is pretty accurate. All of the songs are very feel-good, but not in a cheesy way. The bass is not house, but the songs are not super crazy club-like either. They are perfect for anytime honestly. I never really could get into EDM without lyrics, but this stuff I can jam to. My favorites would be “Chop it Up” and “Drip Drip”. These two are funky.

Sounds Like: 
San Holo
Sounds Like: 
NGHTMRE
Sounds Like: 
Vanic
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2018
Artist: 
Forever M.C. ft. Tech N9ne, Chino XL, Rittz, DJ Statik Selektah
Label: 
MC7, LLC/RBC

            “Terminally Ill” featuring Tech N9ne, Chino XL, KXNG Crooked, Rittz, and DJ Statik Selektal is not my favorite. The rapping was decent, and super fast-paced. I really have no idea what they are saying, but energy is present. The producer mixes the track too, so half the time the track is EDM. While the EDM parts are probably meant for dancing, I honestly could not dance to this beat. Not to mention this track 6:37, which is really long since the song is so repetitive.

Sounds Like: 
Leo Black
Sounds Like: 
Jabbar Hakeem
Sounds Like: 
Ty Law
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2018
Artist: 
Louis The Child & Whethan
Label: 
Louis The Child & Whethan

This collab between Louis The Child and Whethan is an instrumental mixtape without any vocals. Although it does feel a little lacking at times, is it by no means a boring EP. The hard-hitting beats, elements of trap, and future bass make the songs easy to move to. "Tengo Mas" has kind of a salsa feel to it, while the others are a mix of different, experimental sounds. Most of the songs are pretty busy, but they're not too intense. My favorite is "Synths with Bangs", which constrasts sharp, steady hits with a soft hum in the background. 

Sounds Like: 
NGHTMRE
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2018
Artist: 
Petit Biscuit
Label: 
Strange Loop

A few weeks into school and you already have three tests, two papers and a presentation due in the next 48 hours? I feel you; we’re all in the same situation just about now and could use some vibes to carry our mind to another world of peace and beauty. Luckily, 18-year-old musical prodigy Petit Biscuit realizes this, blessing us with the cinematic masterpiece Presence, his debut album.

Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Sounds Like: 
Kasbo
Sounds Like: 
Gryffin
Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Name: 
Ryan Carlson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2018
Artist: 
AppleSauce Tears
Label: 
Black Cottage Records

Sounds Like: 
Purple Space
Sounds Like: 
August Hell
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
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