On his new album, a collaborative effort with some of the most intriguing names in modern hip-hop and pop music, Ed Sheeran flops. Really, really hard. It sounds like he has held each of these featured artists at gun point and forced them to record a verse or hook for him. It’s a real shame because this could have been great; a daring crossover between Ed’s acoustic catchy pop flavours and the rich sounds of grime and rap. We were instead given a dumpster fire with next to no redeeming features. Yikes. Continue reading “Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project: Album Review”
On his candid surprise of a sophomore album, Daniel Caesar dives into a deeper world of introspection and understanding than on his last album. CASE STUDY 01 is a generally more squeaky clean and refined listen than Freudian was, opting for more consistency rather than the obvious big hit R&B formula he achieved before.
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The follow-up to 2014’s bonafide classic Piñata from gangsta rap mogul Freddie Gibbs and production wizard Madlib is what we all expected and more. Bandana is a polished, finely-poised and incredibly executed masterclass which confirms much of what we already knew already; and that is that Gibbs is street rap royalty and Madlib is the most innovative hip-hop producer ever. Alone they are fantastic, together they are unstoppable and unmatched.
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On his third solo album ANIMA, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke continues to glide through a dystopian universe with the use of glitchy electronics and watertight production. It is a broad spectrum of sound, vivid imagination and a harrowing reality of a society in turmoil; all forming together to create the best solo project of Yorke’s career. Continue reading “Thom Yorke – ANIMA: Album Review”
It’s really cool to see Lil Nas X dip his toes into new waters here, and while there are obvious areas of improvement, he’s shown his utter likeability and a keen ear for music on his debut EP. The gimmicks are clear for all to see, but what did we honestly expect from a former Nicki Minaj stan account and professional Internet shitposter? I think you’ll all be pleasantly surprised by 7, as Nas X proves he is no one trick pony (pun intended).
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