R&B

The Way & Color

Artist: 
TEEN
Label: 
Carpark Records

This new album from TEEN is a bit different from their old music I think. It's not the best album I’ve heard/reviewed (dope album art though). Their music just sounded a bit off to me in general and the elements never really came together in a cohesive way. I think they tried to do too much with the synths, R&B rhythms, and noises and ended up creating songs that sound messy and displeasing (at least to me, it could be personal preference).

Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
not really sure
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2014

Drunk In Love

Artist: 
Beyonce
Label: 
Columbia

Here’s another remix of Drunk In Love by Beyonce. This time Kanye West puts his stamp on the song and kills it. He features in the beginning of the song and most likely talking about his relationship with Kim. The beat is typically kept the same minus some small switches. It sounds like Kanye played a part in the production of this beat as well. This song is totally clean and ready for airplay.  

Sounds Like: 
Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, RaVaughnn
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2014

Drunk in Love Remix

Artist: 
basically the Weeknd but it's a Beyonce song
Label: 
XO/Parkwood

so The Weeknd basically just redoes "Drunk in Love" with like all new lyrics about pills and fucking blow-addicted models on the dressing room floor, which I understand is like made of concrete, and also Dat Life just in general you know.  But the beat is generally retained, so it's still a jam.  Kind of a sordid jam.  Blackberry jam.  Remember Blackberrys?  The best part of the song is when he like monster distorts his voice to make him sound like Satan or a cyclops.    

Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Sounds Like: 
mixed with Beyonce
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014

"You've Got Nothing to Lose/Waitin' Around to Die

Artist: 
Michael Kiwanuka
Label: 
Third Man

Unfortunately, this little EP/7" thing seems designed less for bringing out Michael Kiwanuka's anachronistic talent for sounding like a smooth heartfelt soul and blues singer and more for showcasing the jammability, let's say, of a bunch of Nashville session musicians.

Sounds Like: 
Townes Van Zandt
Sounds Like: 
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes maybe
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2014

Sam Smith

Artist: 
Sam Smith
Label: 
Capitol

Sounds like a really hip album you know--something you would find on a bunch of tumblrs that also blog gifs of the AOL log-in screen and like palm trees and shit. But I mean that hipness doesn't detract from this being a pretty solid r&b or pbr&b or whatever those tumblrs are calling it these days. In the vein of the Weeknd and James Blake and that other guy, you might say, there's this record from Sam Smith that sounds original and heartfelt and soulful and dark, too. And best of all he's from England!

Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Sounds Like: 
Disclosure
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2014

Unlock'd

Artist: 
R+B
Label: 
Not sure

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean, Stacy Barthe, Joe, James Fauntleroy
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2013

Acid Rap

Artist: 
Chance the Rapper
Label: 
Self-released

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar, Rockie Fresh, A$AP Rocky, OutKast
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2013

Nothing Was The Same

Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money

Ever since Drake gained widespread popularity, I feel like it's been a trend to hate on him. But I... I.. I just can't. He's too good and catchy not to like. NWTS is his third studio album, and it only builds on the and the quality of music that Drake established with Take Care. NWTS is solid all the way through. There's not too many lulls that makes the listener disinterested, and there's definitely enough highs to make this album considered for album of the year (although it will (and should) lose to the likes of Danny Brown, Pusha T, or Kanye).

Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky
Sounds Like: 
Lil' Wayne
Name: 
DJ Sutton
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2013

Live For (feat. Drake) (single)

Artist: 
The Weend
Label: 
XO and Republic Records

The latest single off of the Weeknd's new album Kiss Land featuring Drake. This song picks up where Abel Tesfaye left off with his last album, Trilogy. Beats wise, the track sounds like a more grown up version of The Weeknd's previous work but still has the ballad-style soul lyrically. Overall, Live For sounds like The Weeknd's version of Drake's No New Friends in the best of ways. 

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
Banks
Name: 
Jade Peterson
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2013

Idle No More

Artist: 
King Khan and the Shrines
Label: 
Merge Records