Run The Jewels – “Blockbuster Night Part 1”

El-P and Killer Mike’s fantastic 2013 debut as Run The Jewels was, along with Yeezus, the year’s most visceral and sonically forceful albums. And what has been long rumored was officially announced on Thursday, August 21; the album’s sequel, set for release on 28 October. According to “Blockbuster Night Part 1”, the upcoming material will in no […]

CURRENT: Tops – “Outside”

Tops have been operating on the fringe of the musical dialogue since their inception, with their music reserved to a small, devoted following. “Easy Friends” managed to garner a slight bit of attention back when Tender Opposites was released in 2012, with most attention going to lead singer Jane Penny. Her commanding yet playful vocal performance hinted […]

CURRENT: Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Just when it seemed Taylor Swift couldn’t go more pop than she did on juggernaut Red singles “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” and “22”, she outdoes herself on the recently released “Shake It Off”, produced by Swift alongside Max Martin and Shellback. The verses feature a boisterous horn section, […]

CURRENT: Charli XCX – “Break the Rules”

Currently enjoying well deserved top 40 radio airplay courtesy of an assist on Iggy Azalea’s smash single “Fancy” and her own “Boom Clap”, Charli XCX’s recently announced Sucker could not arrive at a better time. It’s lead single, “Break the Rules”, finds the emerging star operating in her own lane and finding new ways to differentiate […]

CURRENT: iLoveMakonnen – “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” (feat. Drake)

“Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” first saw release on iLoveMakonnen’s June self-titled EP, and now the song reaches a much larger audience thanks to Drake’s remix, released this past Tuesday. The song feels as though it could fall apart at any second, with both emcees taking their time to navigate the surroundings. But before […]

CURRENT: Ariana Grande – “Best Mistake” (feat. Big Sean)

What we suspected after practically two flawless pop songs (“Problem” and “Break Free” (feat. Zedd)) is confirmed on Ariana Grande’s third prerelease single in anticipation of her second LP My Everything, out 26 August through Republic. While the previous singles succeeded due to Grande mastering current pop trends, “Best Mistake” is a sly, downtempo affair […]

CURRENT: Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me”

While Jessie Ware’s music has always tip-toed the line of Top 40, it’s never gone over the line so emphatically as it does on the recently released “Say You Love Me”. Co-written by Ed Sheeran (“Sing”, “The A Team”), the song’s pop music credentials speak for themselves. I mean, the guy is good enough to […]

CURRENT: Lil Boosie – “Crazy”

This seems like the moment we’ve been waiting for. Lil Boosie has been steadily releasing songs since his release from a Louisiana prison in early 2014, but none of his releases hit with the intensity or, in Torrence Hatch’s words, power, of his recently released “Crazy”. While the song begins with a radio-ready chorus, it becomes […]