R&B

Artist: 
Childish Gambino
Label: 
Glassnote Entertainment Group

        Childish Gambino's new release, "Me and Your Mama" is the first song on his upcoming album "Awaken, My Love!" expected to be released December 2, 2016.  Donald Glover also released FX series "Atlanta" earlier this year.  The season finale aired November first, but FX recently announced that the show got renewed for a second season! Glover must be great at time management, when he wasn't creating, writing, and starring in his new show he was making an 11 track album!

Sounds Like: 
Jimi Hendrix
Sounds Like: 
Outkast
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
D.R.A.M.
Label: 
Atlantic Records

Big Baby D.R.A.M. is Virginia singer and rapper D.R.A.M.’s first full-length commercial album. The album starts off incredibly strong with its opening track “Get It Myself”.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
The Seshen
Label: 
Tru Thoughts

Flames & Figures is a beautifully immersive experience. Lead singer Lalin St. Juste’s voice is smooth, feminine, mourning, calming, all at the same time. It feels like the rest of the music is almost built around her, with driving base and synthy builds. While there are definitely elements of electropop, they mostly feel like a layered support system for St. Juste’s modern and delicate exploration of love and passion.

Sounds Like: 
Little Dragon
Sounds Like: 
Lienna La Havas
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016
Artist: 
Andre Akinyele
Label: 
2016 Orange River Records

Andre Akinyele presents an aural experience that has all the energy and vibes of an Erykah Badu or Outkast release, but maintains the more dramatic and clichéd elements of old school R&B and funk. Overall, this The Unauthorized Playlist is an engaging and fun listen, with songs that pay respect to the themes of sex and love that have made R&B so popular with so many listeners.

Sounds Like: 
pharell williams
Sounds Like: 
erykah badu
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2016
Artist: 
STELLA
Label: 
Self-Released

Carlos Santana's daughter recently released her debut album, Selfish. I wasn't sure what to think given the connection to her father, but I ended up appreciating the album without any consideration for her father. In fact, considering the differences in genre, I would say that the connection is close to entirely irrelevant. But I think that this disconnection makes me more confident that I enjoy the music for what it is. Although, I don't think STELLA's style is entirely new by any means, I think that she did a good job of meeting the style's standards.

Sounds Like: 
Xenia Rubinos
Sounds Like: 
Zero 7
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2016
Artist: 
Gallant
Label: 
Civil Music

Gallant is a singer-songwriter who has recently found great success with the release of his new album, Ology. What really launched his popularity as an artist was a single off of the album, "Weight in Gold". This song has been used in many advertisements, was widely loved and remixed by many big names on Soundcloud, and ultimately got his name out there. While "Weight in Gold" is amazing, it only offers a peak into this amazing album. Gallant's take on R&B is new and fresh. Each song is both very spacious and full.

Sounds Like: 
Majid Jordan
Sounds Like: 
Jack Garratt
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment / Cash Money Records / Republic Records

If you thought that Drake was going to be done for the year after releasing the highly successful chart-topper Views from earlier this year, man were you wrong.

Sounds Like: 
Travis Scott
Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2016
Artist: 
Tory Lanez
Label: 
Mad Love/Interscope Records

                    This album showcases Tory Lanez' versatility as an aritst, it is cruicial to showcase musical range as this is Lanez' debut album. The album begins with I Told You/ Another One, a trap song, definatley a banger! The pace slows down with Guns And Roses, Flex, Friends With Benefits, Say It, 4am Flex, and Cold Hard Love. The songs are mid-tempo with soft vocals. Not bangers, but kickback friendly.

Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Usher
Label: 
RCA Records

Well this puts us in a tizzy when all the songs that we would love to hear are explicit on this CD. However, the songs that are not explicit are still very good. For example Track 11, entitled "Tell Me" is a sweet song that you would totally get down to dirty business with. The title of the album's song "Hard II Love" (Track 13) is definitally something that I've heard on the radio and it's really giving me the feels right now listening to it.

Sounds Like: 
Ne-Yo
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2016
Artist: 
Usher
Label: 
RCA Records

Well this puts us in a tizzy when all the songs that we would love to hear are explicit on this CD. However, the songs that are not explicit are still very good. For example Track 11, entitled "Tell Me" is a sweet song that you would totally get down to dirty business with. The title of the album's song "Hard II Love" (Track 13) is definitally something that I've heard on the radio and it's really giving me the feels right now listening to it.

Sounds Like: 
Ne-Yo
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2016