Alvvays - Blue Rev
100
This new Alvvays album is everything I could have asked for from the band. Every track is pure fucking indie pop bliss. I can kinda see why people would prefer Antisocialities for being more immediately catchy, and maybe it's just because I've played this so much since it released but this is no less hookier or catchy than that album in my opinion - it's one that I found rewards with each listen I give it. It feels like with each spin I'm discovering a new favourite melody in an album decorated ... read more
Bladee - Spiderr
80
Well, it's official: Bladee is 100% gonna be my top artist on my Spotify Wrapped this year and there is nothing I can or will do to fix that
Weezer - SZNZ: Autumn
45
I feel like Weezer's been hammering the exact same song formula into the ground for the past 8 years and this SZNZ EP series is making it really obvious

Never had less to say about a Weezer project than this one

Steve Lacy - Gemini Rights
65
It's definitely better than Apollo XXI, but I guess I'm still waiting for a full Steve Lacy album to click. This album obviously has its highlights - the bossa nova-tinged Mercury, the upbeat breeze Sunshine (even if I feel like Fousheé, as good as her feature is, is like 80% of the track), the audacity of Bad Habit; a track that finds an incredible chord progression and just rides it for 4 minutes straight with a disgustingly catchy hook; and a simply beautiful closer in the form of ... read more
leroy - Dariacore 3​.​.​. At least I think that's what it's called?
80
A chaotic, carefree, club-ready celebration of Gen Z nostalgia and internet culture.

From the iconic Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll" chorus of 2009, to the opening directly sampling a relic from the waning "party tonight" era of pop music in the early-mid 2010s, to samples as recent as the "it's me or the PS5" song from TikTok - love or hate the original songs, this album to me feels like a love letter to those weirdly fond, terminally online memories of said ... read more

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
100
1,000 followers.

I don't have any special review planned or anything, I just wanted to start a review with "1,000 followers" because that's how everyone starts with a review when they hit a milestone. It's tradition. Anyway this is one of my favourite albums of all time so please listen to it immediately because my music taste is the only correct one ok bye thanks for 1k :)))))

Porter Ricks - Biokinetics
80
It's a night like any other. The nightclub rages on, pounding techno music sweeping the dance floor as people let their worries fly past them for that brief period of time. The same drinks are being served to the same customers, looking for the same thing you are.

You came here looking for an escape.

You take a wrong turn on your trip down a nearby hall. As you begin to lose yourself in the corridors, it feels as if something is shifting. You just don't know what. You return to the same club ... read more

Charli XCX - CRASH
65
I should probably mention - I'm completely fine with Charli making less experimental pop music.

While that is what I and most people gravitate towards in her music, I think outside of that she has a real knack for pop songwriting and this album is a solid demonstration of that. I just wish some of the songwriting was more interesting, y'know? It just kinda feels like some of these have very little impact - for instance, the drop on Beg For You which theoretically I should love for the 2-step ... read more

Aries - BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU
80
I don't know man, this shit is fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnn

I have no idea what wizard or evil sorcerer Aries called upon to craft some of the stickiest hooks I've ever heard, but they need a serious raise. As someone who initially thought WELCOME HOME was alright, this album's fully put me on the Aries hype train. Maybe it's a guilty pleasure, maybe it's just good ass pop rap. Who knows!

Burial - Antidawn
60
Definitely not as entrancing as Burial's future garage music, but as it is Antidawn's still a pretty solid ambient EP. Even without the 2-step beats he's still able to capture these nocturnal, urban scenes with ease with his signature sampling and textures, and I'm pretty sure most of this score's just because of some of these samples (especially in the last few minutes of Shadow Paradise). It's one of his most soothing releases, no doubt. Only thing that kinda keeps me from liking it more, ... read more
Ed Sheeran - =
35
I don't have the energy to hate this album. Same goes for liking it too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
95
One of the most simultaneously comforting and mind-warping electronic albums I've ever heard, all condensed into a perfect 10 track, 32 minute package - it feels both ahead of its time and exactly like an album from its era, giving it that perfect sweet spot between feeling warm and human while still sounding so complex and intricate. Probably my second favourite Richard D. James Album.
Willow - lately i feel EVERYTHING
60
Well, looks like I've got someone else to add to my "artists I'm going to keep a close eye on in the future because what's displayed here is very promising and there are quite a few really cool ideas here - one great track especially - but there is just something that is holding this album back that's keeping me from really getting into it, which in this case is the off-putting vocal mixing" list!
Pop Smoke - Faith
40
This album feels more like a Pop Smoke charity event than it does an actual Pop Smoke album.

Not one feature here feels genuine, and it just comes off as these artists going "Wowee look at me, I'm on the new Pop Smoke album! Rest in peace, yo!" through their whole feature. They're not all bad features, but it's just something I can't get past. I really don't see a universe where people like Kanye West, Pusha T, Future, Pharrell, Swae Lee, Chris Brown and Dua Lipa of all people would ... read more

Bladee - The Fool
80
I was really not expecting this album to be as addicting as it is. Wasn't too blown away by the past few Bladee albums from last year, but I'm really digging this one on the other hand. Probably one of my favourite projects from him; it's concise, it's focused, and most importantly the production and Bladee's melodies are gorgeous. It also helps that one of the main guys that produced Icedancer (Lusi) is here again so that might be another contributing factor. So yeah, really enjoyed this album ... read more
DJ Rashad - Double Cup
90
[Genre: Footwork]

When I first heard of the genre Footwork back when I started this challenge, I probably would've assumed it was some sort of tap dancing music. It's got feet in the title, after all. Can't say I was expecting a fast paced hip hop/house/electronic hybrid before I looked into it, but I also can't say I was expecting an album this immaculately pulled off and solid. With its skittering hi hats, manipulated R&B and hip hop sample usage and overall playful feeling, this album ... read more

Sweet Trip - A Tiny House, in Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
80
I don't know about you guys, but this might just hold up to their last two albums. This is exactly what I asked for in a new Sweet Trip album; sure, it's not breaking their boundaries or anything but it's showing that even a decade after their last release they're still able to make some of the most blissful and lush electronic/pop music I've ever heard. Loved hearing this from start to finish
Sam Gellaitry - IV
75
Okay cool but how do you make a track like Assumptions and not brag about it every single chance you get??????????????? Like man don't be surprised if I end up scrobbling it like 20 times this week alone
Four Tet - Rounds
85
[Genre: Folktronica]

There's a specific sub-genre of albums I love, one that never fails to grab an easy high score from me; that being electronic music that mashes its electronic elements with natural sounding instrumentation. Easy bias right there. Cosmogramma did it quite a fair bit - one of my favourite albums. Sweet Trip are known for that stuff - one of my favourite bands. Mid-Air Thief did it with Crumbling - hell yes, give me more. Four Tet's Rounds bases the entire premise of the ... read more

Twenty One Pilots - Scaled And Icy
50
You know, I originally thought the album was middle of the road when I first listened to it, but for some reason I'm all of a sudden feeling a light 2/10 on this album! No idea where this urge came from, but I just strangely hate this now. I don't know, I just randomly got this feeling Adam Levine was a better vocalist than Tyler Joseph and that The Outside was pretty much gentrified Odelay by Beck, despite me liking that one. So weird...
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