Reviews of albums old and new from iconic artists and up and coming musicians alike.
Yggdrasil by Wardruna: The Music of the Vikings
In old Norse, Wardruna means “the guardian of secrets” or “she who whispers.” Think about Gorgoroth! Do you remember “Twilight of the Idols” with Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik on drums and Gaahl unleashing the growls? Never mind, that’s old news anyway. Wardruna is currently Kvitrafn’s true creative fountainhead, and from it flows the living sap of Nordic spiritualism and rune mysticism.
2020 Was All About Dancing Home Alone
Home is, in many ways, a comforting place, but staying inside for too long can feel suffocating. It was never more palpable than in 2020. This was the year when home ceased to be just a place to unwind after a long working day, sleep, wake up and leave for the same routine. Now, it’s the centre of our existence, now everything is here: your gym, office, art studio, coffee shop, restaurant… dance hall? Yes, even a dance hall. Dancing in a 100 sq room isn’t quite fancy — but it’s a good alternative to going mad in reluctant isolation.
Matias A’vone: The New Sound of the DMV
Matias A’vone is becoming an increasingly familiar name in the world of hip-hop in the Washington, D.C. area. The rapper has been consistently dropping quality music and building his presence throughout the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and beyond. His latest album, Emotional Support has reached over a million streams since it’s release earlier this year. It’s lead single “U St”, currently has over 100 thousand plays on Spotify alone which is quite impressive for an independent artist. His follow up single “Cry with You” currently has over 20 thousand streams on Spotify, and this is right after releasing his debut project.
DaKidRiz: Just Releases New Highly Anticipated Album "Delight"
DaKidRiz is an artist who comes from the Canton, Ohio area. He first appeared on the rap scene in 2014 with his first song release titled “Ohio'' that he dropped on Soundcloud. This artist is highly underrated. His first debut single that catapulted his career was called “I Aint Got No Choice” which was released in 2015. Since then this artist has not been letting up. He will stop at absolutely nothing to see his music become a successful venture for him. He not only wants to make more money for himself and his family, but also his community. He is dedicated to his craft and knows what it takes to get where he wants. He is currently managed by Adam Cole. Adam Cole is an on-air producer who holds a ton of experience and expertise under his belt. Teaming up with DaKidRiz will help both brands move swiftly throughout the industry. DaKidRiz is making some power moves.
The ILoveMakonnen "My Parade" EP is an absolute summer smash!
So let me guess, you're looking for a new playlist for your hot girl summer? Looking for that pool party jam or that new slow romance banger that hits home when you're tipsy? Well, look no further because ILoveMakonnen has dropped his latest project, "My Parade", just in time before the summer heats up with overnight pregnancies, hotel madness, and dancefloor strip teases. In case you don't know who ILoveMakonnen is, he's an Atlanta native who advocates drinking more water, which can be seen in his "Drink More Water" mixtape series. The "My Parade" album is his newest project and his most authentic project.
Seven Days In Krautrockland
At the end of the sixties many bands had dabbled with non standard music, such as the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd who were not averse to producing extended soundscapes based on the actual sounds rather than standard song progressions.
Natures Memories ~B O Ḵ Ë
Striking gold while scrolling Instagram is exactly the feeling I had when finding B O Ḵ Ë. Immediately I sent his artistry to all the music heads I know. When B O Ḵ Ë sent me an album release announcement, I stopped what I was doing, right-that-second knowing I was about to embark on a wonderful journey of sound.
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio,
The sophomore studio effort from Seattle’s Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is one of those fantastic records that manages to throwback just hard enough to take you there, also remaining fresh by mixing in modern touches and transforming a somewhat dated instrument and sound into a brand new amalgamation, a fresh energy for the ears. And I don’t mean to say organ music is dated, the instrument has never gone away and I’m well aware. What I’m getting at is those stellar late 60s, early 70s organ records made by guys like Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Rueben Wilson, and Jimmy McGriff (that quartet right there is probably responsible for at least 15% of Beastie Boy samples). Those albums fall effortlessly into either the jazz or soul sections on your record shelves, spinning that musical sweet spot where styles and genres meld into something greater than their parts. You could argue those albums birthed Funk.
So, This is What Triumph Feels (Sounds) Like
When I was about 10... I used to wander around the playground at lunch. I would abandon my friends and take my unwieldy, oversized body to the grassy sprawl that was the school yard. Headphones on, Walkman in hand, a small case of CDs in my backpack.
A Superswiftie Review of All the Songs from FOLKLORE and EVERMORE
Anyone who knows me knows I am a die-hard Taylor Swift fan... I don't even think I talk about her that much but I must give off the Swifitie aura because even people I hardly know just KNOW.
It's been one hell of a year for Taylor Swift. Since July of 2020, she's released two chart-topping albums, graced the cover of Rolling Stone with Paul McCartney, and won the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year. And tonight at midnight, her fans will begin our journey into the re-recordings of Swift’s first six albums. More on the reasoning behind that here.
Demi Lovato on Dancing with the Devil and Starting Over
Demi Lovato released her seventh album titled Dancing With The Devil...The Art of Starting Over. This album goes along with Lovato's second documentary with YouTube also titled Dancing with the Devil. Both the album and docuseries focus on the singer’s battle with addiction and eating disorders. After her overdose and recovery in 2018, both the release of her newest album and YouTube docuseries have been long-awaited by her fans. Some album features include Ariana Grande, Sam Fischer, Noah Cyrus, and Saweetie.