Aug 17, 2019
57
By now, Illenium has carved a place out for himself in the modern electro-pop scene alongside acts like The Chainsmokers and Said The Sky, but unfortunately his rise to mainstream relevance has resulted in a more watered-down, flimsy approach to composition and production. About 70% of this album feels gratuitous, consisting either of uninspired re-treads or needless filler. There is some enjoyment to be had here, as tracks like Good Things Fall Apart, Sad Songs and In Your Arms capitalize on ... read more
Aug 9, 2019
93
With each new album, it has felt as though Bon Iver has taken noticeable steps towards an ultimate destination. The lostlorn warmth of "For Emma, Forever Ago", the sweeping orchestrations of "Bon Iver, Bon Iver", and the electronic whirring of "22, A Million" have all felt like small steps towards a greater vision. With "i,i", it feels like Justin has realized that vision. This record is an amalgamation of the best defining characteristics of his three ... read more
Jul 25, 2019
94
A Place Where Mountains Hide is a beautiful album, front to back. Hard-hitting production and gorgeous electronic swells characterize this record, and it's atmosphere is one of the most gripping I've heard in a long time. For an album that not too many people are going to hear, acloudyskye's debut project will go down as one of my favorite electronic records in recent memory.

Favorites: Falloff, Enveloping, Nosedive, Unraveling, A Drowning Cry
Least Favorites: none
Jul 12, 2019
39
On the surface, I kind of like the idea of this project. Ed Sheeran has strayed so far from his folksy roots that he's barely recognizable anymore, so why not go all the way and release an entire album full of weird, unexpected collaborations? If you had told me 8 years ago that Ed Sheeran would be making music with Skrillex, Justin Bieber, and Eminem I would have called you crazy. Well, here we have it, and it's actually a whole lot more underwhelming than I was hoping. Beautiful People and ... read more
Jul 11, 2019
85
RUBBER is the electronic record far too few people are going to hear this year, as it's an exciting and incredibly engaging blend of myriad different electronic sub-genres. From the eerie and distorted "eyes in the water" to the imposing synth swells of "genesis" to the relentless trap-infused guitar riffs on "trauma" there are several standout tracks to be heard here, all with their own unique textures and tones that differentiate them from similar pieces. RUBBER ... read more
Jun 20, 2019
66
If The Chainsmokers are going to fully embrace pop music from this point forward, this EP isn't actually a terrible way to start. Sure, the drops on "Who Do You Love" and "Call You Mine" are awkward and screechy at points and the project doesn't offer a whole lot to cling onto lyrically, but there is definitely potential buried in here. "Do You Mean" is easily the standout track, with smooth vocals from Ty Dolla $ign and some solid atmospheric production to ... read more
May 31, 2019
77
Back less than a year after his last LP, Denzel Curry seems to have taken a hard left turn on ZUU. This new record is nowhere near as conceptual as TA13OO and appears to place much more emphasis on memorable, sticky hooks and glossy production that still manages to retain the grit of Curry's past work. It's not a bad sound for him, as many of these tracks do feature some of the best hooks you'll hear on a rap album this year, but it ultimately makes the record feel less substantial in the long ... read more
May 10, 2019
20
I want to be easier on Logic because I really think he has good intentions with this album and a majority of his music in general, but God damn. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is easily one of the worst full-length albums I have ever heard. Almost every single hook is laughably weak, it is absolutely RIDDLED with embarrassing bars and references, and every single featured artist manages to be more interesting and engaging than Logic himself. Flimsy production, horrible writing, confusing ... read more
May 8, 2019
90
Ambient music can be a difficult medium to tell a specific story through. It is inherently a very abstract, free form genre that is left almost entirely up to the interpretation of the listener. Sometimes, however, an album manages to perfectly convey the struggles and emotions that went into it, as is the case here with Flatsound's newest full-length LP. "Somewhere In The Distance, Somewhere Towards The Mountains" represents the long train ride of the agoraphobic artist, finally able ... read more
May 3, 2019
79
Vanishing Forms is comprised of perhaps the most dense and cloudy atmospheres the group has ever experimented with, resulting in a hypnotizing 45 minutes of drone. It's far from their most accessible work, but it's arguably their best, as well. It showcases a full embrace of the darker tone that the group has played with in the past, yet still retains the immensely textured drones and atmospheres that have come to define them.
May 1, 2019
72
An engaging Pop-Punk record with some relentlessly sticky hooks and solid lyrics to go with them. Really makes it sound fun to fight tooth and nail against the creeping sense of dread we all feel day-to-day.
Best: Scorpion Hill, Full Blown Meltdown, City
Worst: Free at Last, Bare Hands
Apr 27, 2019
53
There were some interesting lyrical moments here and there as well as a few standout moments for the production, but ultimately this record feels painfully under-cooked and bland. Aside from "Tales" and "Black Folk", you'll find yourself trudging through a lot of mediocre trap music.
Apr 15, 2019
68
My first impression of Jai Wolf was his melodic-bass remix of Dirty South's "With You", an impressive piece that demonstrated a strong knack for emotional production and melodic composition. From there, he seemed to dive into more of a dream-pop direction with his Kindred Spirits EP, and now he's released his debut full-length record The Cure To Loneliness. Going in, I was hesitant, to say the least. Among the several singles he released leading up to the full release, I was only ... read more
Mar 29, 2019
72
Billie Eilish’s rise to fame has been one of the most improbable in recent memory. A 17 year-old vocalist who always had a lot of talent but often lacked poise and maturity becoming one of the biggest names in popular music in 2019? Well, it happened, and I’d argue the pop music scene is all the better for it. Eilish brings a sort of dark charisma that manages to stand out among the wave of dark trap music that flooded the charts in 2018, and the few singles she released preceding ... read more
Mar 22, 2019
92
For as big a fan of electronic music as I am, Flume’s discography is one I have never dug too deep into. For one reason or another, I never found myself listening to his remixes and solo releases all that often. I totally recognized his importance to the electronic music scene in the early-mid portion of the decade, but his music never connected with me like, for example, Porter Robinson. Even his huge 2016 record Skin just didn’t quite satisfy me as much as I wanted it to. It had ... read more
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