Pop

Artist: 
Jidenna
Label: 
Wondaland

The Chief is the debut studio album from Wondaland artist Jidenna. Jidenna previously burst onto the scene in 2015 with the release of the critically acclaimed track “Classic Man”. Coupled with the instant hit remixed version of the song featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Classic Man” went on to be Grammy nominated and put Jidenna on the map. After a short break, Jidenna resurfaced with an incredible guest performance of his song “Long Live the Chief” on Marvel’s Luke Cage, which would go on to be the first single from the Album.

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
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: 
Said the Whale
Label: 
Hidden Pony Records

This album is psychedelic noise-rock, but it still manages to be melodic and pleasant sounding. It in corporates a variety of different stylings and noises, and comes across as polished and cohesive. The best tracks are the ones that are synthy and almost EDM, like "Miscarriage." The songs like miscarriage manage to combine EDM buildups with the traditional psych-rock sound to create tour de forces.

Sounds Like: 
Ra Ra Riot
Sounds Like: 
Rogue Wave
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

          Drake's "More Life" is a self-described "playlist," borrowing from genres such as afrobeat, Jamaican dance hall, r&b, and grime.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
Jay Pray
Label: 
Think Thought Records

This album is described on the front sticker as "light and whimsical electropop, it brings to mind the carefree days of summer" and that's pretty accurate. It's a very relaxed album, something you can listen to while studying or put on in the background of almost anything. All the songs sound more or less the same, so if you like the style then you'll like the whole album. The first track, "Intro" and track 5, "Interlude" are both short instrumentals that don't actually start unti about 10 or so seconds into the song.

Sounds Like: 
Neon Indian (but more chill)
Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Night Talks
Label: 
Independent

Soraya Sebghati, Jacob Butler (guitar), and brothers Josh (bass) and Cris (drums) Arteaga make up Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Night Talks. In Dreams kicked off with this tasty treat titled 4×4. It was a spectacular song which left me completely captivated.

Sounds Like: 
The Cranberries
Sounds Like: 
The Cardigans
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
CastleComer
Label: 
Self-Released

Castlecomer’s self-released All of The Noise EP is your alternative pop fix. This band reminds me a lot of Bad Suns and Two Door Cinema Club, super poppy beats with cool electric guitar riffs.

Sounds Like: 
Bad Suns
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Keaton Conrad
Label: 
Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad is a 17-year-old musician from Kansas who according to his promotional material is known for "infusing indie rock with...house, jazz, and hip-hop". He also cites influence from "Neon Indian, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and Chet Faker". I completely wrote him off when I read that synopsis, it was obviously going to be terrible, but then I listened to the album last night. I can't say it's a good record, but there are redeeming qualities.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Goldfrapp
Label: 
Mute

Goldfrapp's "Lovely Head" was the song that introduced them to the world. That song and a long history of occasional skim-throughs of their reviews had led me to believe that all their songs traded in downtempo electronics, trip hop, and folk. I've never been enamored with "Lovely Head", and so I thought they weren't for me. Imagine my surprise when I heard this new song, which some might classify as a "banger". It's a driving, catchy, synth pop track where fat slabs of synth that purr and slide, underneath ethereal vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Ladytron
Sounds Like: 
Little Boots
Sounds Like: 
Róisín Murphy
Sounds Like: 
Röyksopp
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2017