Monthly Archives: September 2017
Grammy winner and Mexican songstress is back with a dramatic, emotional, romantic, and empowering album for the times. A great mix of traditional sounds and a buttery voice that carries deep feelings. I liked the more upbeat tunes as opposed to the ballads, but that’s just me. Try 1, 4, 6, 9, & 12
The concept is each song depicts a different Sin, so each composition has it’s own personality. At times it can be Orchestral and classic, others are a complete assault of the senses, and some are beautiful and romantic. The musicianship stands out in each song and you can tell it’s performed by masters. 3 was […]
Solid Skankin tunes from legit sounding dudes. Upbeat, happy, & positive tunes! I liked 1 & 3
NZ rockers bring another dynamic release! For the uninitiated, they sound like Depeche Mode & Daft Punk had a baby that Ziggy Marley and Deepak Chopra raised. The result is an album that has a vintage 80s emotion, with modern bass & blips/blobs, a positive and new agey lyrical approach, all on a backbone of […]
This electronic/dream pop album is upbeat and summery, fitting for the band’s name. According to the Swedish solo artist, the album is supposed to tell a love story, as seen in the oscillation between tales of love and struggle sung over danceable beats. Recommend tracks 1, 3, 7, PLAY ALL!
Featuring soaring vocals over excellent production, this indie rock album is a beautiful collaboration between Kennedy and Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear. The overall sound is dreamy and atmospheric, and reflects album’s cover of a serene picture of the night sky. PLAY ALL!
This album is high-energy and pure rock and roll. The Swedish band has a clear 60’s rock sound, but their punk inspiration is also easily identifiable from this album. The lyrics are growled over the guitar and the beat is undeniably danceable. PLAY ALL- huge fan!
This album is a masterful combination of a variety of synths, piano, and guitar. The work was similar to/reminiscent of that of artists including Bon Iver and S. Carey. As a whole, McMorrow’s use of synths and harmony creates a sound that is both mysterious and soothing; the slow nature of the songs allows for […]
This energetic album is largely alternative rock, but tracks like the opener “I’ll Listen” and #7 clearly point to punk influences. The album consists of lots of guitar and head-banging tunes which are intermittent with some slower ballads including #11 “Glow Buddy.” As a whole, the balance between the different sounds is effective at giving […]
Gracious, flowing solo guitar works, originals and covers. A mix of classical, jazz and world. Play!
Czech composer, pieces vary from intense to gently. Play!
Each of these pieces for wind ensemble and primary instrument, moves through different emotions, intensities and rhythms. Play most!
Electro-acoustic works for a variety of instruments–mostly gentle, trk 5 aggressive. Play!
The composer describes his music as suspended sound objects–nice mix of instruments, flowing rhythms. Play!
This project is likely the closest 21 will get to mainstream appeal. The album overall is a lot more consumer friendly than Savage Mode, but that’s not to say this album doesn’t have its fair share of Bangers. Defiantly worth a listen even if you weren’t a 21 fan at first. Favorites: 1, 2, 9, […]
AMAZING. Thugga kills it as always! Sweet singing project that is defiantly a departure from some of his trappier old music, but it still pays homage to its roots. Lots of killer features. Listen if you like music. Favorites: 2, 6, 7 FCC: ALL
Strong project from an often-overlooked ASAP contributor. Elements of ASAP, Pro ERA and Flatbush all come together to produce a sound that is immediately recognizable as NY. Favorites: 4, 10, 11 FCC: Clean version on Spotify
Sick EP, awesome features and dope verses from some of Dreamville and associates finest. J.I.D and Mick Jenkins really shine, but this project does a good job of demonstrating the many different flows Earthgang can serve up. Check if you like J. Cole. Favorites: 1, 3, 5 FCC: ALL
Not the angry yelling we have grown to expect from XXX, on this album he demonstrates solid vocal and lyrical versatility over several almost acoustic sounding beats that give the project a very personal feel. Worth a listen. Favorites: 2, 5, 11 FCC: ALL
Coming off the summer hit XO Tour Life, little Uzi had a lot of hype around this project and he delivers. It is quintessential Uzi, combining themes of heartbreak, womanizing, and partying over for the most part fun upbeat production. Play if you like Young Thug, Playboi Carti. Favorites: 2,4,11,15 all Bangerz FCC: Clean version […]
Excellent collection of contemporary works for piccolo w/ accompaniment (piano, alto flute, flute, xylophone). Play, play, play!
Grand Valley State Univ. New Music Ensemble performs these avant-garde works ranging from ethereal to computer/ robotic and sci-fi sounds. Play most!
Abstract/ avant works, highly variable evoking a sense of unbalance, starkness. Play most!
Very gracious works for orchestra, play or sample all!
McGill/McHale Trio performs works by Schoenfield, Coleman (with readings interspersed of Langston Hughes), Rachmaninoff and others. Play!