trip hop

Artist: 
Little Dragon
Label: 
Loma Vista Recordings

"Whoever said the small things don't matter, has never seen a match start a wildfire" - Beau Taplin. I think that this quote sums up Little Dragon's newest single, "Peace of Mind," very well. The song does take a minimalist approach for the first few seconds; however, don't be fooled by it. From there, more instruments are introduced in--what I would call nothing less than--perfect timing, and the track's big, dreamy sound unfolds.

Sounds Like: 
SBTRKT
Sounds Like: 
TLC
Sounds Like: 
Gorillaz
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Ahee
Label: 
Impossible Records

Taking a glance at the title of the EP, and the Rick and Morty inspired cover art, one could guess that they would be stumbling upon a variety of wacky, creative tracks; and that's exactly what happens on Ahee's latest release. This four-track EP showcases the unique ways that bass can be used to help create a desired atmosphere. The opening track, "4U" establishes the alien sound, blending modified vocals with dark beats, and squelching synths with grimy dubstep bass; and maybe it could be thought of as the alien party-anthem.

Sounds Like: 
Knife Party
Sounds Like: 
Kasbo
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2017
Artist: 
Nosaj Thing
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

This album has made me realize a somewhat debilitating flaw in my own musical tastes: overcomplication. Normally I am too caught up in looking for awesome instrumentalists that I become completely oblivious to those artists who are actually forging important musical aesthetic movements.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Tall Black Guy
Name: 
Mark Jiménez
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2017
Artist: 
Igorrr
Label: 
Ad Noiseam

This single was my first encounter of Igorrr. The song begins with operatic vocals over a soft guitar background. These operatic vocals quickly become pained screams followed by a glitchy dubstep breakdown. This breakdown was then followed by beautiful female operatic vocals followed by another breakdown. In this breakdown the male screams and female vocals go back and forth in an epic display of vocal diversity. This is then followed by a continuing dubstep like synth. This is truly an interesting track that spreads many genres of music. I'm truly not sure who to compare this to.

Sounds Like: 
Volumes: For the sake of being eperimental
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
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: 
Roots Manuva
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Roots Manuva is an English rapper and producer. On the Album, Bleeds, the English rapper tries his best to make some good music. But here in America, we've been blessed with some of the best rappers so it's hard to expect anyone to come close. With that being said, this album was not good. Roots Manuva does not have an appealing rap voice. I really liked the beats on the album, they sounded amazing. It's a shame that the amazing beats were followed with (excuse my bluntness) an annoying voice.

Sounds Like: 
TY
Sounds Like: 
The Herbaliser
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Machinedrum
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Machinedrum is an American Glitch-hop artist who has been on the "underground" music scene for a while. I listened to a few of his old tracks, and it seems like he used to do mostly relaxed chill glitch that you can just sort of jam to. This album stands out from his last works as it's got a bunch of tracks that you could see playing in a DJ set that people could go hard to. His sound is hard to explain. It definetly has that main glitch influence, but this album incorporates some trap aspects, more house aspects, and over is just much more danceable.

Sounds Like: 
Diplo
Name: 
Zack Esets
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
GRiZ ft. Tash Neal
Label: 
All Good Records

At first when I heard this I was like "wow, this is pretty badass," and sure enough it didn't disappoint. Imagine a stadium filled with skuzzy guitars, some pounding drums, but then is rudely and oddly enough not interrupted by a dramatic amount of bass, but complimented. Like it was really cool. The whole jam is full of fun, funky riffs and composition. I think one of my favorite parts is about two minutes into the song, you hear a brass instrument take the groove. Followed once again by the complimenting electronic bass, just before fading out.

Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
Big Gigantic
Sounds Like: 
Gramatik
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Tricky
Label: 
False Idols

I really can't bring myself to like this album. Maybe it's because I'm not really familiar with trip hop or don't get the genre, so if it's your thing I would ignore the rest of this review because your opinions on the album are almost certainly more apt than mine. Personally, I found the album just kind of boring - there was nothing that pulled me into it .

Sounds Like: 
Portishead
Sounds Like: 
Massive Attack
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016
Artist: 
Fakear
Label: 
Counter Records

"Animal" is my first foray into French producer Fakear's catalogue, and I must say I came away quite impressed. "Animal" has a really laid back vibe, but not in a way that gets sleepy or boring. This song is like perfect morning workout music (I don't work out so I could be completely wrong) but it has a nice blend of dancey-ness while still maintaing this chill, atmospheric feeling. There are lots of cool sounds in the song too, with what sounds like some guitars, triangle (?), flutes, violins, and awesome vocal samples.

Sounds Like: 
Jabberwocky
Sounds Like: 
Yumi Zouma if they made electronic music
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2015