Blood Orange returns with the beautiful Freetown Sound

It’s been known that Freetown Sound, the new album from Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange moniker, would be out on July 1. But Hynes surprised everyone by releasing his album late Monday evening. The album is true to its title – with Hynes using his third Blood Orange release to showcase his warmest, most diverse collection of songs […]

ALBUM REVIEWS: YG, Mitski, the Hotelier and Fear of Men

YG Still Brazy DEF JAM 15 June 2016 YG’s latest, his sophomore effort, has the sound of a senior at his craft directing his thesis in ways completely singular and triumphant, resulting in one of the year’s premiere rap albums. Still Brazy is an unapologetic, gravity-pulling effort, one that forces its listeners to see the world from its […]

CURRENT: Maggie Rogers – “Alaska”

Maggie Rogers is gaining a lot of traction on the heels of her single “Alaska,” even getting attention from Pharrell Williams, whose reaction to the track has gone viral since ending up on YouTube. You can see him get emotional, and it makes sense considering how effortlessly gorgeous and energetic Rogers’ “Alaska” is. It isn’t often […]

CURRENT: Kanye West – “Saint Pablo” [ft. Sampha]

“We’re all self-conscious, I’m just the first to admit it,” rapped a young Kanye West on The College Dropout standout “All Falls Down.” With that one line, he sealed his place as one of rap’s most charismatic, honest, refreshing voices, traits he’s both used and abandoned on his following albums. Listening to his past two albums – Yeezus and The […]

CURRENT: YG – “Police Get Away wit Murder”

While I’m still digesting YG’s Still Brazy, released late Tuesday night, one thing is clear: YG isn’t afraid to speak his truths, and the truths of many within his community. After the privatized My Krazy Life, YG opens up the narrative and allows space for other stories, other reactions. The adjusted template gives way to YG’s most […]

CURRENT: Disclosure – “Boss”

Following the tepid commercial and critical response to Caracal, Disclosure are back with a new three-song EP titled Moog For Love. The set is led by the excellent “Boss,” a house-inspired track that wouldn’t sound out of place on their masterful debut Settle. Whereas Caracal relied too heavily on the brothers’ list of collaborators, “Boss” finds them taking charge once again, […]

CURRENT: Danny Brown – “When It Rain”

Old was Danny Brown at his most presentable, a binary collection of tracks – one side laced with old-school rap tracks, the other electronic-based incisions – that proved Brown could reach a larger audience. He retreats on the first single of his upcoming LP, the uncompromising, fully-formed “When It Rain.” The beat is a brutish, assertive […]

CURRENT: Kanye West – “Champions” [ft. Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner]

While Kanye West’s Cruel Summer compilation had a few more misses than we’re used to for a Kanye West release, the comp was most successful during its posse cuts, something West has perfected on Cruel Winter‘s lead single, “Champions.” The song features a massive set of features – Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, […]