Soul

Artist: 
Million Miles
Label: 
Self-Released

A collection of singles fashioned into an EP, Berry Hill EP consists of four enjoyable singles that may appeal to those who are fans of Amy Winehouse or Norah Jones. Although Million Miles - aka musician Sophie Baudry - is not American, she could have fooled me; the songs feel decidedly bluesy and folks-y, and I'm not surprised that the EP's four songs were recorded in Nashville, as it sort of walks the line between soul, blues, and country. Baudry's voice is sweet and enjoyable to listen to, and her lyrics are relatable and empowering.

Sounds Like: 
Norah Jones
Sounds Like: 
Amy Winehouse
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Mackister Ludi
Label: 
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft couples absolutely brilliant and innovative synthesis of classic jazz instrumentation blending drums, bass, synthesizers, rhondes, sequences, clavinet, soprano saxiphone, flute, guitar, alto saxaphone, trombone, samplers, turn-tables, and effects processers with myriads of early 80's fusion, funk, intelligent dance music, and jazz stylistic features.

Sounds Like: 
Themselves
Name: 
Matsuura
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Robert Kennedy
Label: 
Robert Kennedy

If ever the Organ has been used for any practical ends, a temperment of science was likely to be rectified insofar as the constructions of its parts inspired utility of newer technology as applied to the synthesis of Organ. Robert Kennedy has ascertained technology which only the Hammond Organ expresses under the viruosity of both his band and his curiosity. The harmonizations utilized throughout the album blends complexity and sophistication with simplicity and ease insofar as melodic atmospheres lend their principle precepts to any whom catch their motions.

Sounds Like: 
Magic
Name: 
Matsuura
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2018
Artist: 
Chadi
Label: 
Independent

The Way I See You by Chadi is a mellow song about a person obsessing over another person and wanting to be by them at all time. My initial opinion after listening to this song, funny enough, was me attempting and failing to figure out whether Chadi was a male or female. Perhaps the androgenous nature of Chadi's voice is part of the appeal of Chadi's music. The song itself really reminded me of slow, “baby making” music, which is common in the genre of R&B.

Sounds Like: 
Roy Woods
Sounds Like: 
Tracy Chapman
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2017
Artist: 
Mac Ayres
Label: 
Fate Records LLC

Mac Ayres's "Drive Slow" was an album I knew I would like as soon as I took a listen to one of the songs, "Slow Down", one day. So, naturally, once I found this CD up for review, I knew i had to review it myself. Mac Ayres has wonderful R&B vocals that are soft yet masculine. His vocal style and lyrics are reminiscent of Khalid. Smooth vocals that don't have too much energy but not boring glide over each melody. His voice is clear and hits every note perfectly like a seasoned performer.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean = simple beats and professional vocals
Sounds Like: 
Khalid - lyrics are similar in style and both have great voices for R&B
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
Ozy Reigns
Label: 
Self-Released
After a brief hiatus from his last LP, Ozy Reigns has come out with the wide-ranging, EP, "Sunborn". Reigns states the EP is "a dedication to all who strive to live their dreams", as the EP works to inspire the struggles of the hustlers and dreamers around the world. It's demonstrated with the EP's alternative hip-hop vibes, perhaps straying from the mainstream, but more personal and meaningful for the audiences who are listening. 
 
Sounds Like: 
Mos Def
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Label: 
Stax

Live at Red Rocks was my first exposure to Nathaniel Rateliff. I had no idea what to expect and what I was about to listen to. The fact that it was a live albulm only added to my uncertaintity because I was not sure if the versions of songs I was about to listen to would be the weaker or stronger version in comparison to the studio versions. After listening to Live at Red Rocks, I can honestly say that if this live version turns out to be the weaker version of his songs, then Rateliff and the Night Sweats are one of the great current soul and blues artists living.

Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
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

Ash

Artist: 
Ibeyi
Label: 
XL Recordings Limited

French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa Kainde and Naomi Diaz have created an ethereal, beat-heavy album full of beautiful, strong cawing melodies. "Ash" is a mix of soul, hip-hop, jazz, and a Wax Tailor-esque use of audio clips that are wholly powerful amidst the beat of the drums and the calls of the duo and their backing choir. This album is worth every moment that it plays, a mix of Cuban tradition and feminist message. 

Sounds Like: 
French-Cuban activist version of FKA Twigs
Sounds Like: 
Wax Tailor / Benjamin Clementine's child
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
Benjamin Booker
Label: 
ATO Records

Muscle Shoals meets garage punk. Witness is a record that poignantly discusses contemporary race problems in America, written through the lens of a New Orleanian soul signer. He's angry, and his sense of righteous indignation blends beautifully with his signature sound. Booker's guitar playing is soulful and powerful, yet eclectic and playful at the same time. The sense of confusion and powerless that accompanies the lyrics expresses itself repeatedly throughout the album in Booker's guitar-god virtuosity.

Sounds Like: 
Mavis Staples
Sounds Like: 
The Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
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