Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

Luke James's single "Drip" is another part of the funk/R&B revival we've been seeing at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. My immediate thought when I started playing "Drip" was Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!" because of the high-pitched singing, the funky bassline, and the slow beat. The song is chill, without many moments where the song picks up. This makes the song easy to play when you're studying or just hanging out, letting it play in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!" is incredibly similar to "Drip"
Sounds Like: 
Funkadelic - Maybe not as funky, more chill than Funkadelic
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Mimicking Birds
Label: 
Glacial Pace records

So, popular culture has finally invaded our language to the point that a non popular aimed song uses its terminology, an interesting concept that has some amusing context when thought out. That said, this is a great album with some incredibly chill vibes going through the whole. all the songs are incredible so choosing any of the tracks on the back will work for practically any show that has played alt before.

Sounds Like: 
Cold Play
Sounds Like: 
Vampyr Weekend
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
King Gizzard And the Lizard Wizard
Label: 
ATO records

Eh, Theyre alright. Repetitive. better than some of the albums we get so you may as well play it. It sounds like some incredibly experimental stuff, but only in that they take a new theme for each song, track 4, Muddy water is pretty good and does a great job making the vocalists sound better.

Sounds Like: 
Syd Barit era Pink floyd
Sounds Like: 
Beatles late
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Happy Fits
Label: 
Self Released

SO!!!

Darn Good Album.

Sounds Like: 
Saint Motel
Sounds Like: 
Beatles
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Hristo Vitchev Quartet
Label: 
Hristo Vitchev

The Hristo Vitchev Quartet are made up talented musicians Hristo Vitchev on guitar, Jasnam Daya Singh on piano, Dan Robbins on bass, and Mike Shannon on drums. It is obvious in their album Light and Shadows the great amount of passion they have for jazz and dedication to playing it. The quartet works well together, each play beautifully without overcoming the other. However, the guitar is the generally the mainstage feature. This album is very jazzy, with little funk or blues influence. While the jazz does sound modern, there is nothing incredibly new about it.

Sounds Like: 
Mike Moreno
Sounds Like: 
Jonathan Kreisberg
Sounds Like: 
Peter Bernstein
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Nightmares on Wax
Label: 
Warp Records

Sounds Like: 
Mount Kimbie
Sounds Like: 
Thievery Corporation
Sounds Like: 
Apollo Brown
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2018
Artist: 
Giraffage
Label: 
Counter Records

Giraffage is an electronic music producer who incorporates a lot of R&B, hip hop, and dream-like sounds into his music. This album uses a lot of back and forth of vocal samples, steady bass, and electronic twists in each song. Some of the songs sound more dreamy, others sound a bit video game-like or funky. Some of the tracks just maintain a steady, constant beat like "Just Over the Horizon" while others like "First Breath" incorporate a lot of different, almost contrasting sounds at once.

Sounds Like: 
odesza
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2018

EP2

Artist: 
yaeji
Label: 
GODMODE

Yaeji is a Korean-American producer who defies the stereotypical sound of korean pop. Her music is a mix of house and hip hop, and this album has consistent beats in the background as she raps or sings along. The vocals are in both korean and english, however the two languages transition seamlessly. The deep bass and her lower voice makes each track easy to listen to while maintaining the feeling of dance music/hip hop. This album also includes a remix/cover of passionfruit by Drake, maintaining the famous beat but adding her own muted vocals.

Sounds Like: 
dj seinfeld
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2018
Artist: 
Ekali, ZHU
Label: 
OWSLA

“Blame”- the new single by Ekali and ZHU is really good. The tempo switches up enough to keep you interested. There are many sudden changes and quick drops. Although the vocals are obviously not the focus of the single, they are decent. Very repetitive lyrics keep you focused on the instrumentals backing it up.Throughout the song you can hear a sweet little piano riff and chords, which make up most the melody (although it is a very syntheized pinao). One thing about the track I did not like was the build-up. Sometimes, the build-up was too long and a little anticlimactic.

Sounds Like: 
Hayden James
Sounds Like: 
Lane 8
Sounds Like: 
Le Youth
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2018
Artist: 
Watain
Label: 
Century Media

Watain’s new album is very intense black metal. The sound is very reminiscent of 1349 but still brings a lot of new elements. Overall the whole sound is gritty, fast paced and atmospheric. Because of the echo in the vocals and guitars, this almost sounds like a live album. Always with a tinge of demonic and eerie elements, the album bring heavy dark metal that’s perfect for a mosh pit or jamming out.

Sounds Like: 
1349
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2018
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