Pop

Artist: 
Rihanna
Label: 
Roc Nation Records

“Work” is the third Rihanna and Drake collaboration, and the song that you’re most likely to hear in the club. Following “What’s My Name?” and “Take Care”, “Work” is a definite bump that will be playing in the clubs for months. While most of their past collabs have been more vocal heavy, this one is more rap focused.

Sounds Like: 
Rihanna and Drake
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2016
Artist: 
Ryan Conner
Label: 
Ryan Conner

This track was the first time I had ever ehard about Ryan Conner. This music isn't my cup of tea. The song felt sort of frantic and odd. I don't want to bash the genre as I respect it, but this is not a good song to listen too. Although I must say I love the album work. 

Sounds Like: 
na
Sounds Like: 
na
Name: 
Andrew Herrera
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2015
Artist: 
Grimes
Label: 
4AD

This album is some high quality engineering and production done by one of the smartest new musicians out there. We’ve all been waiting for more from Grimes since Visions blew us away with its dark ambience and dreamy light vocals, and Art Angels did not disappoint. It diverges from her typical sound that dates back all the way to Halfaxa (2010) and presents a distinctly pop-y vibe. One of the songs, Kill v. Maim, describes the album quite well with its chorus “behave aggressive!” as the album is powerful, fast, glamorous and in your face.

Sounds Like: 
Purity Ring
Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
Twin Shadow
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2015
Artist: 
Slander
Label: 
Self Released

The begining of this song starts a little slow, but it's good. It's in the trap family, but it's also not really that intense in terms of trap so I wasn't really sure how to classify. People were kind of disappointed because Slander is known for their trapiness, but it is definitely a crowd pleaser and pretty good.

Sounds Like: 
Trap-lite
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2015

25

Artist: 
Adele
Label: 
XL Recordings

Adele’s new album, 25, is all I could’ve wanted and more. Adele’s voice is the best in pop music right now, and I’m excited to hear her songs play on the airwaves again. After the huge success of 21, and singles like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling In the Deep”, Adele took a little break to have a kid and have surgery on her vocal chords. But now she is back and better than ever. The leading single, “Hello”, has swept the nation, becoming a pop culture phenomenon.

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2015
Artist: 
Unboys
Label: 
Self Released

It's such a happy Christmas song and it's so great. Just in time for winter, this is a great single that makes you want to get up and dance and sing about how happy you are that it's not 100 degrees any more! It's some sort of a duet, kinda, and it's really well produced. There really isn't much to say about it except that it's really good and if you want Christmas music on your show you should totally play this.

Sounds Like: 
A Christmas song
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2015
Artist: 
Myke Terry
Label: 
Self Released

Red Handed EP by Myke Terry (MYke?) was pretty nice to listen to, but didn't really strike me as really great or really not great. I would say if you play a pop or R&B show, then it would probably fit in, but it's basic sounding pop music with nice vocals about sex, heartbreak, and breakups. He has a very catchy sound that feels like something I might play in my car by myself to dance to but I wouldn't seriously ever listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo but more disco-y
Sounds Like: 
Miami Horror
Name: 
Taylor Ducklow
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2015
Artist: 
Lilly Wolf
Label: 
WolfHouse

Lilly Wolf's album, Deleted Scenes, is synth-pop and dark. All of the songs would match up very well as background music for MTV or E! Network shows, played while the characters are in the car or are facing tough decisions. The vocals were a bit too synthy for my preference, but if you're a fan of CHVRCHES or Phantogram then I recommend that you try this album out.

Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2015
Artist: 
Ben Lee
Label: 
Warner Bros Records

Oh dear. This album. The first song was misleading, as it was fine. "Giving Up On Miracles" is sort of pop-y with a very upbeat rhythm and intruments that would be found in a kindergarten classroom: maracas, a guitar, and some tamborine. Not completely terrible. However decent this first track was, the majority of the rest of the album was very juvenile. Not in production; the editing was fairly good.

Sounds Like: 
a dad trying to pursue a music career
Sounds Like: 
Hell
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2015
Artist: 
CHVRCHES
Label: 
Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

"Every Open Eye" is a strong sophomore effort from Scottish band CHVRCHES. Using their classic synthy sound, the band continues to bank on the success they created from their first big single “The Mother We Share” from their debut album. “Leave a Trace” is the lead single, and you can certainly tell why. The song is very catchy and makes you want to get up and dance.

Sounds Like: 
Cyndi Lauper
Sounds Like: 
Ellie Goulding
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2015
Syndicate content