Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Low-key R&B

Moods
Babe we got this

Thoughts
This EP is not without flaws, and takes a few tracks to get into swing, but I find it to be a charming set of songs. The easy going and intimate productions anchored by simple guitar and percussion fits her limited range perfectly, putting some memorable lyrical adages front and center.

‘Issues’ and ‘Hurry’ are modern r&b gems.

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https://www.discogs.com/Teyana-Taylor-KTSE/release/12173407

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Dodger Stadium – Big Wave More Fire

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Energetic electro with vocals

Moods
2017 with a kick

Thoughts
Fan of these dudes, underrated producers who produced great mixes as LOL boys as well as for Kanye. I thought their debut was great (note: I should revisit that one) but a bit on the experimental side at times.

I like this release albeit a bit repetitive as an entire album. Production relies on vocoder and a break beat style that gives instant energy. The usage of vocoder reminds me of Justin Vernon at times and I can’t picture this aging gracefully. Still, a lot to like on this highly accessible album.

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https://www.discogs.com/DJDS-Big-Wave-More-Fire/release/12390752

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Tinashe – Joyride

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
New r&b, poppy, features rappers

Thoughts
I like Tinashe, she’s got a style that’s kinda chilled out and there’s a certain genuineness to her music. Songs aren’t polished and the album flows kinda like a mixtape.

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https://www.discogs.com/Tinashe-Joyride/release/11847674

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk.

Thoughts

Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I die.

Dev hynes you rock, thanks for this one.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blood-Orange-Freetown-Sound/release/9001208

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Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Radio friendly trap / hip hop / r&b

Thoughts

Can skip this one, nothing interesting happening here.

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https://www.discogs.com/Bryson-Tiller-Trapsoul/release/7567149

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Mizan K – Dark Blue

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Dark modern r&b

Thoughts
Basic recordings, it seems to be just piano, her and some production; typically a loop with a disconnected low-key vibe. She kind of mumble sings, like a stoned Alicia Keys, but what lacks in vocal range she makes up for in sincerity and memorable songwriting.

‘Looking for’ kicks things off well, and is probably the most accessible track, but I enjoy the whole ep.

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https://www.discogs.com/Mizan-K-Dark-Blue/release/8234896

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