Artist: 
Snails and NGHTMARE
Label: 
Slugz Music

This is a new collaborative single by EDM hitmakers Snails and NGHTMARE. It's pretty good. The lyrics are very melodic and catchy, and juxtapose themselves well against the hard EDM backdrop provided by the two producers. I wish that the signature Snails filthy parts were reduced a bit because they contrast a bit too heavily with the relative softness of the lyrics. The Snails parts make this into a hard EDM song, as opposed to a catchy pop hit. This song would be good for working out or an activity where you want to zone out and pay attention to the music.

Sounds Like: 
Ookay
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
Hercules & Love Affair
Label: 
Atlantic

This is a really fun album with a variety of compositions and techniques that form a unique collection of tracks. Some songs do sound a bit old-timey with the emphasis on techno and disco-pop, but it's not boring and is something people of this generation and older generations can enjoy together. Hercules and Love Affair also addresses different musical genres and themes in one album. He has put his own EDM twist on gospel music, R&B and has a unique collaboration with Mashrou' Leila, a Lebanese band.

Sounds Like: 
Kitsune
Sounds Like: 
Calvin Harris
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
MonoNeon
Label: 
Mononeon

This single by MonoNeon has a lo-fi, Hawaiian-ish feel. The lyrics are pretty straightforward; women, water, and weed is all we need in life. This is also a really repetitive song with 3 lines of lyrics repeated in 3:16 minutes. There are some good guitar parts in the song, but this is more eccentric than what I listen to. I definitely get the high-experimental vibe from Women, Water, & Weed and it’s pretty funky. I wouldn’t really categorize this as jazz or world, but then again, I’m not really sure there is a certain genre that this really fits into.

Sounds Like: 
Louis Cole
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Sharkey
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Reptaliens
Label: 
Captured Tracks

In their full-length debut studio album, FM-2030, Reptaliens combines lo-fi, groovy, and sci-fi all together to create a unique tone distinctly their own. This album has an overall unified psychedelic style with Bambi Browning's dreamy voice, synth riffs, and trippy ambiance backgrounds. There is a good range of beats that are featured in their debut album which adds nice variety. The song titles and lyrics are a little funky (satan, 666bus, stalkers, etc) but I think this adds to their eccentric spacey-feels, kind of like tripping.

Sounds Like: 
Cende
Sounds Like: 
Arbes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Pandas & People
Label: 
Pandas & People

With their newest self-released album Out to Sea, Pandas & People showcase their solid indie-folk rock foundation. For me personally, it borders on country rock, but it’s a really unique sound. All of the tracks are cohesive in that it doesn’t just sound like seven singles put on an album.

Sounds Like: 
The Northern Empty
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Label: 
Pink Lane Records

Based in the UK, Holy Moly & The Crackers is the most diverse-sounding band I’ve ever heard. They incorporate rock and alt influences into folk, which you would think doesn’t work, but they make it happen! Their overall sound is so diverse and unique, it really sets them apart from any other music group. All of the tracks on Salem are moderate to fast paced and has a really good beat, making it very catchy. What really makes this album fun and interesting are the different musical instruments they utilize in addition to the traditional guitar melody.

Sounds Like: 
ZZ Ward
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Kelela
Label: 
Warp Records Limited

After her highly successful EP release in 2015 entitled "Hallucinogen", R&B artist Kelela is back on the scene with her first ever full length studio album "Take Me Apart". This album is impressive both in terms of the production, and lyrics. The producers of this album clearly paid close attention to detail on the musicality of the background tracks. Each note is well shaped and crisp, making the songs sound 3-dimensional and flowy. The tones chosen in the background sound very euphoric and provide a harmonious overtone for the vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Sevdaliza
Sounds Like: 
FKA Twigs
Sounds Like: 
90's R&B (But a little more upbeat)
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Cults
Label: 
Sinderlyn

The band Cults have released their new album after a four-year hiatus from the scene. “Offering” hits its mark with the indie synthpop sound throughout the album. The song “Offering” and “I took your picture” resemble closely to MGMT, Madeline Follin’s spacey heartfelt voice carries the dreamy vibe of the song, indulging the listener in a world of pure imagination. The vocals in “With My Eyes Closed” shows the bands ability to work together in a new powerful direction of music for the soul.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Nick Heyward
Label: 
Gladsome Hawk

In Nick Heyward’s new album, "Woodland Echoes" he gives listeners a sound that creates an uplifting new take on classic sounds that have various instruments with an indie vibe to it. In his song "Mountain Top", Heyward’s voice resembles closely to that of Paul McCartney with an uppity pop guitar sound that mixes well along with a perfect country fiddle solo that makes you feel like you’re listening to a classic rock song released in the 60s.

Sounds Like: 
John Lennon
Sounds Like: 
Paul McCarney
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Midnight
Label: 
Self-Released

Nice album art right?? ^^^^^

Midnight is total hardcore punk. Apparently the band has a large underground following. To me the album sounds a little like Slayer and Electric Wizard if they went punk. I would definitely say that this album is a specific taste, and many people may not like it.

Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017