A Tribe Called Quest hits the ground running on “The Space Program”

Try to resist it, but context is everything. When word filtered down the pipeline that A Tribe Called Quest, yes A Tribe Called Quest, was to release a new album after an 18 year absence, the music world rejoiced. In the midst of the most polarizing presidential campaign this generation, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your […]

Tinashe shows finesse on NIGHTRIDE highlight “Touch Pass”

Despite her official sophomore album being caught up in production hell, Tinashe satiated fans’ appetite this past weekend with Nightride, a mixtape that features previous purported Joyride cuts “Ride of Your Live” and “Company.” Among the highlights of the late night affair is the penultimate “Touch Pass,” featuring some sparkling keys and Tinashe’s featherweight falsetto. It’s perhaps the […]

“Versace on the Floor” is peak Bruno Mars

It feels like Bruno Mars has spent his entire career trying to make a song like “Versace on the Floor.” The newest taste from 24K Magic is another in a long line of Bruno Mars slow jams, but whereas previous hits have been saccharine, there’s a sensuality to “Versace” that was lacking in those past hits. The song’s sparkling […]

Alicia Keys is at her most present on HERE, the week’s best new album

For the past fifteen years, Alicia Keys has been a steady voice in music. While she reached her commercial peak on The Diary of Alicia Keys and As I Am, her album’s have always featured at least one defining anthem, from The Element of Freedom‘s “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” or Girl On Fire‘s title-track. It was a little disappointing then, when […]

Saba fulfills his potential on “Bucket List”

Saba is another in 2016’s long line of Chicago artists making transformative art, from Malcom London to Jamila Woods to Noname to Joey Purp to Chance The Rapper. It’s been fruitful year for Chicago’s music scene, and after landing a guest spot on Chance The Rapper’s “Angels,” Saba steps out on his own with Bucket List […]