electronic

Artist: 
Sampha
Label: 
Young Turks

You have may have heard him on his collaborations with Drake's Nothing Was the Same, or on the last track "Saint Pablo" off of Kanye West's excellent The Life of Pablo, or even more recently on "Don't Touch My Hair" by Solange. Sampha Sisay's (simply known as Sampha) has been widely recognized by an array up popular artists, and has been floating around the R&B spectrum of music since 2010, releasing two excellent EP's and a few promotional singles within that period of time.

Sounds Like: 
FKA twigs
Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Sounds Like: 
Solange
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
RiFF RAFF
Label: 
Neon Nation Corporation

In all honesty, I had always heard of RiFF RAFF, but never really heard his music before... asides some of Lil Debbie's songs in which he is featured in. He's also someone that I never knew was meant to be taken seriously, or just turn your brain off and listen to his music. With two studio albums and a plethora of mixtapes under his belt, RiFF RAFF's nineteenth mixtape titled Aquaberry Aquarius actually managed to blow away my expectations of both his music, and my perception of him as an artist.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Debbie
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Noga Erez
Label: 
City Slang

Pity is a single off the upcoming album "Off the Radar" by Noga Erez. The song begins with a military marching sounding drum line accompanied by a 80's sounding bass synth. The lyrics quickly follow: "One head down, two more to go, I think I’ll go bad...” The song was influenced by a sexual assault that occurred in Tel Aviv, in 2012. There are themes throughout the song of mindless viewing, which alludes to the fact that the victim of the assault was raped in public. The artwork for the single is another example.

Sounds Like: 
M.I.A
Sounds Like: 
Goldfrapp
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2017
Artist: 
Gone Beyond Gone
Label: 
Slow Down

This album surprised me at how good it is.  It's a mix between electronic and folk music, which does not seem like it would work, but it really does in this album. I'm going song by song, becuase all of the songs sound slightly different and all deserve attention in their own ways!

Sounds Like: 
The xx
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
knxwledge
Label: 
Stones Throw

A lot has changed for Knxwledge since one of his beats was featured on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Knxwledge has since put out a collaborative EP with Anderson .Paak via Stones Throw, and was a regular cast member of Viceland's "Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens." However, in terms of his solo work, Knxwledge hasn't changed one bit. WT.PRT.10.8_ is the latest installment of his "Wrap Tapes" series, which he puts out at a furious pace alongside the "Hexual Sealings" projects.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Nite Jewel
Label: 
Gloriette Records

This reviewer is not a fan of remixes. Arrangements are (hopefully) purposefully put together in the way they were first presented: often times the edits a remix bring aren't substantial enough to elevate a song significantly. The question at hand is if Nite Jewel's remix EP of Liquid Cool warrants the effort put into the new arrangements.

Sounds Like: 
Machinedrum
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Various
Label: 
Houndstooth

#savefabric is a compilation disc that works somewhat like a benefit: As a reaction to the closure of the popular London nightclub fabric, fabric Records and Houndstooth asked their artists to submit previously unheard works. In just three weeks, a 111-song compilation was organized. KAMP has received a tenth of the selection, which will be discussed in this review.

Sounds Like: 
Machinedrum
Sounds Like: 
Clams Casino
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Rituals of Mine
Label: 
Warner Bros Records

Listen to this album if you want to be eternally frustrated by the seeming lack of any tune or predictable pattern. She sings the words either completely smashedtogetheratonce or distinctly, like a robot, and there is no way of determining which will be sang which way. It doesn't make much sense, and I was waiting the whole time for the album to be over.

Sounds Like: 
electronic sad robot girl
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Manatee Commune
Label: 
Bastard Jazz Recordings

Grant Eadie, better know as Manatee Commune is a very talented electronic artist out of Seatlle, Washington. His music is similar to Slow Magic and Giraffage because of its chill vibe, clean production, and pretty arpeggios and high plucks. This song in particular is Manatee Commune's remix of his own original where he brings out fellow Seatlle artist SOL to rap over a remixed version of his original track. This track has everything you'd want out of a chill vibed electronic song.

Sounds Like: 
Slow Magic
Sounds Like: 
Giraffe
Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016