Dance

Artist: 
The Knocks & Captain Cuts
Label: 
Big Beat Records

The Knocks' new single "House Party" is a bumping dance track that perfectly encapsulates the modern young adult social scene. It's not hard to relate to this scene when you're neck-deep in it, as most artists are, but it is difficult to make a nontypical dance track that does. They don't necessarily follow the radio pop formula--The Knocks stay true to their well-developed sound, which is a strong and successful attempt to bring disco back.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo
Sounds Like: 
RAC
Sounds Like: 
Classixx
Sounds Like: 
Calvin Harris
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
11/26/2017
Artist: 
Chico Mann & Capitan Planet
Label: 
Bastard Jazz Recordings

“Oye Bien” starts with a simple drum beat and repetitive vocals, with the sounds of birds in the background. It makes you feel like you’re in a rainforest. The song maintains the simple drum beat and relatively simple, repetitive vocals throughout, but layers guitar, marimba, and other instruments on top to create a relaxing and upbeat vibe. “Come Me Miras” has a heavy but slow beat that would be fun to dance to.

Sounds Like: 
Bomba Esterio
Sounds Like: 
Pernett
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Ekali and Denzel Curry, Josh Pan & X&G, Skrillex and Ronny J, Sober Rob and Oshi
Label: 
OWSLA

This album "Babylon Remixes" has three remixes by Josh Pan and X&G, Skrillex and Ronnie J, and also Sober Rob and Oshi, with the original track "Babylon" coming from Ekali featuring rapper Denzel Curry. The original track showcases Ekali's trap side, versatility, and ability to collaborate with use of percussion and arrangement of Denzel Curry's textured bars. 

Sounds Like: 
Mura Masa
Sounds Like: 
Hood Boi
Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Sounds Like: 
Joey Bada$$
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Amber Mark
Label: 
Jasmine Music

New York-based singer, Amber Mark, will release her first debut EP on Friday, May 12th. The EP consists of 7 track including two pre-released singles "Lose My Cool" and "Way Back." While listening to both tracks, I immediately thought of my treks through H&M that could also fit the Forever 21 music theme. Lose My Cool is a mellow track with piano at the beginning and end of the track.

Sounds Like: 
Marian Hill
Sounds Like: 
Oh Wonder
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
Label: 
Slide

New music from Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Migos has everyone in a frenzy. While Calvin Harris puts out new music quite often this song is one of the more catchy and pop-y songs I've heard in awhile. I love this song for Frank Ocean, and its great to hear new music from him before a 6 year hiatus. If Ocean keeps this up all his fans will be very happy because Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean work very well together. Now, I have never heard Migos (I know, that's a problem - I'll fix it) before this but I really enjoyed their contribution to this song.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean & Migos
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Paper Pilots
Label: 
Honeymoon Drug Records

Paper Pilots' new EP "Automatic" is an upbeat, dance-y album perfect for the new year. The single, "Automatic" is a fun pop song you'll be singing for days after you hear it, just like the rest of the songs. There's also a radio edit version if you want a song that's 10 seconds shorter and doesn't sound very different from the original.  "The Weather" sounds like it belongs at the end of a happy movie. "Lovebird" is just a really cute song that may or may not be about a person or a bird. 

Sounds Like: 
Maroon 5
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
01/26/2017
Artist: 
DJ Raff
Label: 
DJ Raff

DJ Raff's Single compelted starts off slow, get you alsmot fired up like a pump up song before a football or basketball game.  but once you think the beat will go up and get faster pacd it stays the same for the rest of the song there is really no change to the song it keeps going same oace same beat from start to finish i would recommend to llisten to this if you are studying and need something to listen to its a library type song

Sounds Like: 
sounds something completely new
Name: 
Jeff Malinoff
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
The New Orleans Suspects
Label: 
Louisiana Red Hot Records

I did not know any of the musicians in this band, but when I saw that some had played with The Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band I got very excited. The record is classic New Orleans funk-rock. It's very groovy and danceable, and all of the musicians work very well in conjunction with one another. The majority of the members are former session players, and sometimes with groups like that the musicians are individually talented but do not work well together. This is not the case with the New Orleans Suspects.

Sounds Like: 
The Radiators
Sounds Like: 
Galactic
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
King Henry
Label: 
Duke City

               You may not know King Henry’s name but you definitely know his work. He co-produced,did background vocals, played guitar, and some drum programming on Beyonce’s “ALL NIGHT”, and produced “Cold Water”, the latest collaboration between Justin Bieber and Major Lazer. This EP is his first solo pursuit, and it doesn’t disappoint. “Don’t Stay Away”, featuring Naations, is a fun pop-y sounding jam. It starts slow but really builds up to a fun dance party-esque song.

Sounds Like: 
Major Lazer
Sounds Like: 
Tkay Maidza
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Just a Gent
Label: 
Lokal Legend

I took this CD at the recommendation of our local banger adviser Tatum, and boy am I glad. Overall it's an okay album, fairly predictable at first, but it gets more exciting at the end. Don't waste your time with the intro song honestly. 

Track 2, Sounds of Her Mind is a nice laid back chillwave piece, fairly catchy, but nothing crazy special. It is beautiful though.

Sounds Like: 
Slumberjack
Sounds Like: 
Adventure Club
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2016