Jim-E Stack – Tell Me I Belong

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Hip energetic electro

Moods
Friday

Thoughts
Variety is this albums appeal. Tracks rely on heavily repeated vocals and rhythmic bits to great effect, felt very inspired by the classic breakbeat aesthetic of the second track. ‘Reassuring’ utilizes a downpitched vocal sample, creating a bumping homage to early James Blake. His percussive sense comes out on the 2nd half in the form of an appealing rhythmic bounce.

This is good to great, accessible and catchy. I enjoy it just as much on repeat listens but wonder if the straightforward songwriting will holdup as an album or make these tracks more fit as singles for mixes.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Clean-Cut

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Experimental club techno

Moods
Dark dank club

Thoughts

Would love to see them live. Definitely some good moments on the album but overall too much.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Grand River – Wers

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Hip sexy modern electro.

Thoughts
Good borderline generic electro. I like what’s she’s doing and has a good ear for a trendy accessible bounce here. Has a fun summer vibe.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Esprit 空想 – Virtua​.​zip

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Vaporwave with a steady hip-hop, boom bap, backbeat.

Thoughts

Feels like vaporwave is going club which I enjoy. An accessible album with short songs that give it a mix like feel. Hard to call them songs at all, seems he figures out something that works, loops it a bit then onto the next.

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https://www.discogs.com/Esprit-%E7%A9%BA%E6%83%B3-Virtuazip/release/9050714

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Skipp Coon – Miles Garvey

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Vicious militant protest raps

Thoughts
Skipp’s taking aim at inequality, both financial and racial. While his raps are good the beats are exceptional, some of my favorite recent productions.

The songs are on the shorter side but it works well as an album, making for concise poignant verses.

Impressive.

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https://www.discogs.com/Skipp-Coon-Miles-Garvey/release/9841258

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Greeen Linez – Izu King Street

⭐⭐⭐

Vaporwave inspired electro with a constant ‘house’ bump. This is probably their best and most accessible album so far.

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Colin Vallon Trio – Le Vent

⭐⭐

Too somber and serious for my taste, I found it lacked any semblance of groove. That said an impressive ability is on display and I plan to check out the trios 2017 album which was well reviewed.

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