As the possessor of a powerful, crystal clear voice and poignant songwriting skills, Andra Day has the world at her fingertips. “The Light That Never Fails” is the tip of the iceberg, but it’s filled with emotive power and authentic sounds that are hard to find in this era. The Los Angeles-bred talent is poised . . .
I’ve come to expect a certain level of quality from THEY. The Los Angeles-based duo, composed of singer/rapper Drew and Dante, sets things off again with “Deep End.” As always, a bit of grunge influence can be felt through their music – a welcome break from what we’ve come to expect from present day R&B. . . .
I felt a recurring sense of nostalgia as I listened to OMARtheGroove‘s Before it Gets Better. From his use of familiar samples such as Ghost Town DJs’ “My Boo” to extended Powerpuff Girls references in verses, there’s plenty to discuss. The Northern Virginia native, who also refers to himself as the Groovy Grim Reaper, employs . . .
“I like to vibe different, I need me a girl that sees the entire vision.” Bugus has been consistently releasing one fire record per week for a minute now, and his latest drop, “House Lights,” lives up to the standard that he’s set. The Paul Maxwell-produced record features a soulful sample and lyrics that touch . . .
“They’re gonna do it, anyway.” N.E.R.D.‘s “Don’t Do It” has a light vibe to it, but it addresses some heavy topics related to being Black in America. The Kendrick Lamar-featuring single carries a rock edge to it, and has plenty of energy to match. Kendrick goes absolutely bananas on his verse, as you would expect. . . .