Every once and a while I sift through the colossal pile of emails in my inbox from artists old and new, good and bad. Most of the time I find myself becoming exhausted from monotony because everything sounds the same. However, on occasion, I come across a record that has real replay value. So here . . .
Just as you awake from your deep itis-induced slumber, DRAM returns to show us why he is quickly becoming one of the hardest working newcomers in the industry. While adopting a no holiday off approach, the native Virginia crooner delivers his #1HappyHoliday EP. This 3-track project comes complete with cozy holiday spirit and heartwarming feature from DRAM’s mother, . . .
California trio Haim has returned with the rhythmic ballad called “Want U Back,” and let me tell you, regret never sounded so good. This new single serves as the long awaited follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album, Days Are Gone. Featuring sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim’s regret and longing for a past lover with promises of reciprocity and understanding, “Want . . .
You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .
What can be said about Big Sean that hasn’t already been said by the man himself? The rapper whose flow was described by Don Cheadle as being like “jazz syncopation” has returned with the follow up to his breakthrough Dark Sky Paradise album. For anyone who may have been following Big Sean since the Finally . . .
UK indie electronic rock band The xx returns to deliver I See You, their first full album in five years. The record is stated to have been following an inspirational lead from Jamie xx’s solo debut, In Colour. This record takes a bolder stance sonically than the past two records, Coexist and XX, while still remaining . . .
In a year full of highly anticipated “come-back” albums via the return of Frank Ocean, Ab-Soul, & Charles Hamilton, the release of Kid Cudi’s next entry to the rap ecosphere holds a particular interest for several reasons. Long considered the “Lord of the sad and lonely,” Kid Cudi’s star potential has been focused on delivering . . .
The Weeknd shines as he continues his evolutionary trek on Starboy High Snobiety After what seemed like years of being stuck on Thursday, The Weeknd has teamed up with Daft Punk to deliver Starboy, a true coming of age LP. I define a coming of age album as one that truly shows mastery of whatever qualities initially attracted us to . . .