Artist: 
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Label: 
Ropeadope Records

Diaspora blends the conventionality of a traditional jazz instrument, the trumpet, with electronic melodies and wild percussion tracks. Overall, the album sounds very chill and floaty. The first song, Diaspora (featuring Elena Pinderhughes on the flute) has both the slower melodies to give a coffee shop feel and the quick percussion to give a ‘night-out’ feel.  Christian lets his music speak for itself throughout the album, and the one song that does have vocals (The Walk) uses them as an addition, not as a main focus of the track.

Sounds Like: 
Nicolas Payton
Sounds Like: 
Stefon Harris
Sounds Like: 
Brian Blade
Sounds Like: 
Joshua Redman
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2017
Artist: 
Gang of Youths
Label: 
Mosy Recordings

Gang of Youths is a band out of Sydney, Australia that gives the world a desparately needed anthemic call to action with their record Go Farther In Lightness. Right off the bat, the influence of New Jersey is present. Spingsteen, Gaslight Anthem and River City Extension all come to mind throughout. There is dramatic keys, thundering drums and the low comforting voice of lead singer David Le'aupepe. Standout tracks are opener "Fear and Trembling" and "The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows".

Sounds Like: 
Gaslight Anthem
Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Tony Allen
Label: 
Decca Records France

Tony Allen is the greatest living drummer. Allen's new album The Source finds him utilizing a lot of the Afrobeat rhythms that made him a legend, but distorts them and abstracts them to fit into a wonderful modern jazz record. The drumming is distinctly Tony Allen, but the funk is dialed down and his expressionism and creativity really get to shine through on The Source.

Sounds Like: 
Herbie Hancock
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Hippie Sabotage
Label: 
Hippie Sabotage

Review of Hippie Sabotage’s album “Drifter”

By J.S. Rice

 

      The track “Peyote” starts out slow and otherworldly and then evolves into this full-blown marriage between mosh pit like head banging and a dancehall feel from the bass. Later on, touches of EDM are being dropped.

Sounds Like: 
Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
Citizen Cope
Sounds Like: 
Jack Johnson
Sounds Like: 
Fantasy Movie Score
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
Downtown Boys
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Angry Youth
Sounds Like: 
Foxboddies
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
Label: 
Independent Artist

  

  If you like a conglomeration of trumpets, sax, drums, maracas, and deep, beautiful accented lyrics to accompany them, you should check out and play this album. Oh and hey, it's local! This group of roughly 16 members are from Phoenix, two hours away from our lovely T-Town radio station. Phoenix Magazine had this to say about the group's new album; "PAO packs a knockout sonic punch that makes the listener stumble back in awe... before shaking some booty." And in my humble opinion, I agree completely. 

Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Afrobeat - Putamayo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
Kweku Collins
Label: 
Closed Sessions

grey by Kweku Collins is a great album and super easy to listen to. I enjoyed the variety within the album and found the music to be fascinating. Because it was unpredictable, I remained engaged in the music throughout the majority of the tracks. Some of the songs can be difficult to listen to, simply because there is just so much going on, in regard to tempo changes, compilation of beats, as well as varying vocal layers.

Sounds Like: 
6lack
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2017
Artist: 
John Beasley
Label: 
Mack Avenue Records II

Before I started to jam out to the ensemble’s 10 songs that encapsulate the unique sound of “MONK’estra Vol. 2”, a quote by Quincy Jones underneath where the CD lies caught my eyes, “Thelonious Monk was one of a kind, and so is John Beasley. He hears things in Monk’s music that no one imagined! And he can make an orchestra sing like an uncaged bird”. So, after digesting what our World/Jazz music head director had to say about this album, as well as Thelonious Monk, I proceeded with some brief research.

Sounds Like: 
Thelonious Monk
Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2017
Artist: 
King Krule
Label: 
XL Recordings Limited /True Panther Sounds

If you are alone, let’s say in a closet, and you were waiting to find Narnia, and you fell asleep and dreamt you saw it.

Sounds Like: 
Jonwayne, Gift of Gab but with a different speed)
Sounds Like: 
( His voice is quite unique )
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Milo
Label: 
Ruby Yacht / The Order Label

First and foremost, this album is not “radio rap”, it is not simplistic, it is not “feel-good” or trashy  (not that I am bashing trashy or feel good - there is a time and play and I admit that place is pretty great). However this album, is poetry. It is philosophy.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock, WHY?, JonWayne, Open Eagle Mike, Busdriver, Nas, YCP Beno, King Krule, YOUNGMAN, and Raury
Sounds Like: 
Beats sound like Apollo Brown instrumentals
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017