Artist: 
Gorillaz
Label: 
Parlophone

It’s been around six years since the Gorillaz released their fourth studio album, “The Fall”, and even longer since their first studio album self-titled “Gorillaz”; just about 15 years since their debut and they’re still rocking out.

Sounds Like: 
The Chemical Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Ratatat
Sounds Like: 
Gnarls Barkley
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Misterwives
Label: 
Photo Finish Records

Misterwives has released two singles from their upcoming album "Connect the Dots" and I am obsessed!! If you have ever listened to Misterwives before, you know their music is fun and dance-y, and just an all around good time. The first two singles from their sophomore album, "Machine" and "Oh Love", are just that, but pack a bigger punch. These songs are edgy and show Misterwives moving forward to an evolved sound from their first record.

Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Sounds Like: 
Matt and Kim
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Me and That Man
Label: 
Cooking Vinyl

Nergal of Behemoth and John Porter (a Polish-British songwriter and folk icon) come together to create a dark, blackened, modern folk album. You can feel the Johnny Cash influences mixed in heavy with the darkened black metal influences. The album is modern folk with hints of harmonica, there is no mandolin or banjo so it is definitely more black metal influenced that old fashioned folk. Nergal carries over his over skeptical religious themes from Behemoth to Me and That Man which creates a very interesting folk album.

Sounds Like: 
Nergal with folk backing
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
AJ Davila
Label: 
Panoram

      AJ Davila's new single "17" has an upbeat, simplistic beach rock sound that one would hear in an Apple commercial. This is a song that you would hear right before Phoenix walks on stage to begin their set. This a song you would hear walking down Venice Beach. This is a song that you hear while competing in a surfing contest, which is why I think the song is called 17. The 5 note bassline, the simple chord progression, and the chorus chanting "hey baby hey baby hey" reminds me of surf rock. The bass is thumping on the song.

Sounds Like: 
Davila 666
Sounds Like: 
Kali Mutsa
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Diners
Label: 
Warped Your Records

A Soft Day is Diners’ third studio album. At first listen, anyone will be able to associate Diners’ music with wholesomeness, happiness and nostalgia. This project is no different, it uses the classic Diners’ formula.

Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith but happy (kind of?)
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Juana Molina
Label: 
Self-Released/Crammed Discs

 

Juana Molina’s single Cosoco is definitely an interesting track. This song is similar to other previous work by Molina. It begins extremely eerie with the string instrument in the background. It then quickly picks up with Molina’s vocals that seem to have an auto tune modifier on them. However, it works for this song. The vocals in combination to the beats and other instruments produces a track like anything I’ve heard. The Argentinian definitely is striding in an effectively different direction musically and it makes me want more. 

Sounds Like: 
Coiffeur
Sounds Like: 
Tonolec
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Electric Mantis
Label: 
Self-Released

Braincase by Electric Mantis is amazing to say in the least. It begins extremely calm and picks up with consistent beats, which is a constant throughout the whole work. It is beautifully balanced throughout the entire album. The sound of rain falling in tracks like Pixel and Pacific added another dimension to the electric beats. The transitions within songs and in between songs is almost unnoticeable but not repetitive as other voiceless albums can tend to be.

Sounds Like: 
Chrome Sparks
Sounds Like: 
KRANE
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

          Drake's "More Life" is a self-described "playlist," borrowing from genres such as afrobeat, Jamaican dance hall, r&b, and grime.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
AAG
Label: 
Alphane Reality Generator

 Music for the Robot Revolution, get ready to hear exactly what you expect with a little more quality then the cover suggests. This album features voice overs, weird ghost music, video game samples and much much more. The beat is pump up, the rifts build and rise, some daunt and taunt and overall the effect is chilling. It is not so much of the end being near as much as it is a rising to the occasion. A welcome party for the future of SCI fib music and the technological overthrow of mankind.

Sounds Like: 
this is a unique CD
Sounds Like: 
Soundtrack music for Tron comes close
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
Jai Wolf
Label: 
Mom+Pop

Jai Wolf released three remixes of his song “Like It’s Over feat. MNDR. (Which if you haven’t already checked out give it a listen)

The first of the three remixes was made by Ramziod. It is not an aggressive remix. It seems to be a great song to lie down and relax alone with. The drop has elements of future bass but is not overwhelming. Overall I think Ramziod did a beautiful job on an already beautiful song.

Sounds Like: 
Hippie Sabotage
Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson