Instrumental

Artist: 
Jungle Fire
Label: 
Nacional Records

Jambu by Jungle Fire was underwhelming. It infuses Afro-Latin sounds and beats that captivate the listener in the first few songs. However, there isn’t much growth or variation throughout the rest of the album. Listening to Jambu is similar to what one would here on a 70s action movie score. It’s catchy, but only for a little while before it starts to sound the same again. “Cumbia De Sal” was the only song to breakout from the mold. The song was a combination of the beats, cumbia rhythms and children singing lyric throughout the song. 

Sounds Like: 
The Funk Ark
Sounds Like: 
Vaudou
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Elaquent
Label: 
Urbnet communications inc

  "Worst Case Scenario" is a primarily an instrumental album. ( The exceptions being track 3, 5, 8, and 11 ) and even the exceptions are kept to a minimal amount of verbal input, just a few lines repeated on a loop. The mood of the whole album is ambient and chill, calm and contemplative. The album is perfect study music, long drive music, and absolutely perfect to do some improve free styles over if your into slamming and rapping.

Sounds Like: 
Apollo Brown's album "Clouds"
Sounds Like: 
Bonobo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Toby Pazner
Label: 
DAPTONE Records

This CD is Jazzy, it's Funky, it straight up JUNK. a fine blend of piano, organ, clavinet, Harpsichord, vibraphone, trumpet, trombone, guitar bass and percussion. 14 musicians are responsible for these compositions. Toby Pazner leading the pack. The rumors have it that Toby was visited by a messenger in his dreams every night throughout his visit to Greece. A messenger of the Gods supposedly, to convince him to create a musical representation, a musical dedication for the Greek Gods to once again breath them into existence in the 21st century.

Sounds Like: 
Snarky Puppy
Sounds Like: 
The Frigtners
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
The Album Leaf
Label: 
Relapse Records

Between Waves, an album by The Album Leaf, is a laid back electronic album that has upbeat rhythms and melodies but doesn’t drift too far into the territory of dance. It features progressive songs that contain a few highlights with interesting sounds and structures.

Sounds Like: 
Saxon Shore
Sounds Like: 
The American Dollar
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2016
Artist: 
Thor & Friends
Label: 
LM Dupli-cation

Thor Harris is one interesting dude. When he's not touring shirtless with Swans playing the marimba and gong like a Norse god-of-ethereal-soundtracking in the loudest band on the planet, he's on Twitter challenging people to find a better electric hand dryer than the Dyson Airblade. This made him the most normal person in Swans. Thor & Friends is his latest solo project, a completely acoustic instrumental affair recorded with Austin area musicians.

Sounds Like: 
Steve Reich
Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens' musical interludes
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2016
Artist: 
Sonzeira
Label: 
Brownswood Recordings

Tam Tam Tam Reimagined is a series of Brazilian tracks reworked by Sonzeira. Now I haven't heard the originals but this album is incredibly smooth and pleasing to listen to through and through. Some tracks have a modern synthy feel to them like "Nana Nada", while others are more traditional instrumental tracks, like "Nos Preciamos de Voce". Most vocals on this album are non-intrusive and serve more as backdrop. Overall the album is relaxing yet fun. Although "Samba de Retorno" the last track makes me feel like I'm in a rush to do something.

Sounds Like: 
Robeson
Sounds Like: 
Ninja Tuna
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2016
Artist: 
Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Label: 
Alpha Pup Records

This album is stictly Early hip-hop; turntablism and DJ  music. These guys are faithful to the genre on this album but it has variety. The first song Holy Crap...Who Goes There? sounds like the perfect track to breakdance to, while Black Hole vs. Brown Hole sounds more like current trap music, heavy bass paired with a bunch of different samples. The tracks that stood out to me were Kenny G's Perm, and Booby Trap; Kenny G's Perm has an elevator music feel to it mixed with hip-hop which was cool.

Sounds Like: 
the X-Men
Sounds Like: 
the Beat Junkies
Sounds Like: 
the Skratch Piklz
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2016
Artist: 
Tourist
Label: 
Monday Records

Wow! This album by Tourist is amazing. The build on all of Tourist's songs are well worth it. He creates and very well orchestrated album. Everyone one of his songs impressed me; they were all so unique and well created. I like to think of my self as a pretty judgemental person when it comes to music. With that in mind I think you should take my advice to play this album on your show! My favorite song "To Have You Back"  is very slow paced but the crescendo is played out perfectly. PLAY THIS ON YOUR SHOW

Sounds Like: 
Flume, Daft Punk
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Pollyn
Label: 
Self-Released

I never heard of Pollyn until I recieved the album. Overall I'd have to say I enjoyed it to a certain extent. The first song, "Too Late To Change the Past" was my favorite and I didn't enjoy the others as much. The constant high vocals got on my nerves personanly. If you like good female vocals and strange instrumentals this album is for you.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name
Label: 
Crammed Discs

Tuxedomoon and Cult With No Name have united under the auspices of one of David Lynch's greatest and most fucked up films, Blue Velvet, to recreate the soundtrack. There's even a track done by John Foxx, an electronic music OG. Tuxedomoon is more of a post-punk band that does chamber music (I think), and Cult With No Name does slow electronic ballads, and interestingly the result of this union is not what one might expect.

Sounds Like: 
Penka Kouneva
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2016