Hip-Hop

Chimes EP

Artist: 
Hudson Mohawke
Label: 
Warp Records

By Song:

Chimes:

Has that lo-fi, 8-bit sound that is gaining some traction in some underground dance music (IDM, namely), some heavy horns, and some clean, melodic chimes. Intro and breakdown are dreamy, verses are heavy and grimey- dropped in with the deep "WHO." Overall not bad, but not personally a fan of the noisiness of 8-bit.

Brainwave:

Sounds Like: 
TNGHT
Sounds Like: 
Dorian Concept
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Chimes EP

Artist: 
Hudson Mohawke
Label: 
Warp Records

By Song:

Chimes:

Has that lo-fi, 8-bit sound that is gaining some traction in some underground dance music (IDM, namely), some heavy horns, and some clean, melodic chimes. Intro and breakdown are dreamy, verses are heavy and grimey- dropped in with the deep "WHO." Overall not bad, but not personally a fan of the noisiness of 8-bit.

Brainwave:

Sounds Like: 
TNGHT
Sounds Like: 
Dorian Concept
Name: 
Dominic Medina
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Kauai EP

Artist: 
Childish Gambino
Label: 
Glassnote

In my personal opinion, Childish Gambino is too talented.  Could he maybe save some for the rest of us? As always he brings it and it's no different with this EP.  Kauai is such a fitting name for it with all of the subtle island influences including actual seagulls.  This would be a great playlist if you went on a honeymoon to Kauai and your significant other bailed on you.  That being said, the lyrics are a bit of a bummer.

Sounds Like: 
drake but more island-y
Sounds Like: 
chance the rapper
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Souled Out

Artist: 
Jhene Aiko
Label: 
Def Jams

Jhene Aiko’s major debut album, Souled Out, is an album you listen to when you’re romantically distressed. She sounds like the female version of Drake and Frank Ocean, and her vocals are dreamily beautiful. Really though this album is about Aiko reflecting on her scorned lovers and is very mellow, probably one you would play on a stay-in Friday night.

Sounds Like: 
Ciara
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Souled Out

Artist: 
Jhene Aiko
Label: 
Def Jams

Jhene Aiko’s major debut album, Souled Out, is an album you listen to when you’re romantically distressed. She sounds like the female version of Drake and Frank Ocean, and her vocals are dreamily beautiful. Really though this album is about Aiko reflecting on her scorned lovers and is very mellow, probably one you would play on a stay-in Friday night.

Sounds Like: 
Ciara
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Souled Out

Artist: 
Jhene Aiko
Label: 
Def Jams

Jhene Aiko’s major debut album, Souled Out, is an album you listen to when you’re romantically distressed. She sounds like the female version of Drake and Frank Ocean, and her vocals are dreamily beautiful. Really though this album is about Aiko reflecting on her scorned lovers and is very mellow, probably one you would play on a stay-in Friday night.

Sounds Like: 
Ciara
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Exit

Artist: 
The Bug
Label: 
Ninja Tune

The Bugs latest album, Exit, is a compilation of songs that didn’t make it onto Angels & Devils, released a few weeks prior. If you only listen to the first couple of tracks, you really get a more “psychedelic version of Flume vibe” from The Bug. The tracks are really relaxed and definitely put emphasis on the base, it really is the love child of RPM and Hip-Hop.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo Sparks
Sounds Like: 
Zomby
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Serpentwithfeet

Artist: 
Serpentwithfeet
Label: 
none

This is pagan gospel(whatever that is), by my boiii Josiahwise straight outta brooklyn. His new project serpentwithfeet is pretty crazy. It's like frank ocean became a religious freak for some spooky cult. It's cray cray, and I dig it. I can't wait to see some more tracks from Jwise since this only two tracks it leaves my metaphorical mouth dripping with metaphorical saliva wanting more music, and I want it now.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
CHLLNGR
Name: 
Ali Shareef, Nathan Weintraub
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Unknown Memory

Artist: 
Yung Lean
Label: 
Sky Team

Yung Lean finally came out with his debut full-length album!!!!! This is the Swedish dude that's a rapper and producer and has hit it big with songs like "Kyoto" on Youtube. Well anyway, this project sounds like everything you'd expect Lean to drop, so it's not a disappointment or anything. Butttt it kind of sounds redundant on the production side of the record. And always, there's never anything special with Yung Lean's lyrics, they're pretty whack, but the production usually makes up for it though.

Sounds Like: 
Riff Raff
Sounds Like: 
Other Internet Rappers
Name: 
Mark Flores
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2014

Caskets (single)

Artist: 
Bishop Nehru & MF Doom