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Charli XCX’s latest effort lingers along the same lines of the forward-thinking hyperpop layout that she has built for herself over the years and particularly pioneered, culminating into this expressive quarantine record; one of the most scrupulous to come out of that interval, for that matter. Albeit a bit cautious with its experimentations, as it could’ve dived deeper into stylistic compositions that she hasn’t crashed with yet, “how i’m feeling now” ... read more
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With this release slowthai only reassures that all of the daring and unorthodox ideas which inundated his celebrated debut album have ran perilously thin. “TYRON” finds him recycling trivial trap and pop rap tropes and only without throwing into the mix the slightest of originality. Not only does slowthai not reinvent upon the mainstream formula, but he also doesn’t even achieve a collection of tracks that are properly pieced together with addictive and accessible patterns, ... read more
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Yves Tumor finally mastered their template with “Heaven To A Tortured Mind”, finalizing a technique that is so anomalous within the field in which they had previously set themselves in, that it should only be regarded as a paragon of artistry for years to come. With this release they have stepped out of their comfort zone considerably, initiating in this vapoury and necromantic funk rock design, not while maintaining distance from other branches, but also deviating vastly from their ... read more
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Moses Sumney had always been someone who sought to stand out from the crowd. Whether it was through his music, the way he had presented himself as a human being or mirrored in some of the disruptive events that may have preceded his long-awaited and merited breakthrough into the scene, the recipe was one to look out for, as it was implying success. He wasn’t an individual that was doing one’s utmost to conform to stereotypes or social norms; he was aiming to break the mould. He ... read more
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Black Country, New Road have been quite an anomaly within the industry leading up to their debut album. Despite only originating in 2018, deriving from a malfunctioning act that was broken apart due to allegations, and only possessing a very compact catalog, composed of a mere collection of 4 singles, they have acquired a sizeable following, especially within a rather particular subsection of music listeners. This swiftly obtained fan base is only merited, as they have proceeded cautiously into ... read more
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It is commendable when a body of work is so powerful and poignant that it is able to surpass language barriers and touch deeply in a way that’s nearly unexplainable, even if you are not fit to fully recognize its significance. As someone who isn’t utterly clueless in French but instead grasps its very rudimentary roots, I was still dipping my toes into uncharted territory when engaging with this album. Unexpectedly, this record struck me so vigorously with its alarming scenarios, ... read more
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British singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks has, at last, connected a crop of tracks that make up a compact encounter with an album, which has been nearly unprecedented until now in 2021. Her debut record “Collapsed In Sunbeams” encapsulates an incredibly comforting atmosphere which correlates to the hardships that she has persevered throughout her life and places on display her talent for the crafting of tunes that perfectly balance melancholy and hopefulness, while concurrently ... read more
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In the midst of their irregular output, Weezer have finally assembled an album that is listenable and that sets forth some progressive ideas without simply aiming to salvage their decayed power pop formula. “OK Human” presents a collection of baroque inspired tracks that emit an incredibly classy and luxurious ambience, especially in comparison to the extremely cliché and tasteless works they have been releasing for over two decades.

One strict aspect of Weezer’s music ... read more
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Admittedly, I had never been a huge fan of Mac Miller prior to his death, I always respected him more as an artist than I was expressly thrilled by his music. Ever since the dawn of his career he was known to be riding this wave of an unparalleled alliance of pop rap and cloud rap surroundings and, while he was always one to be easily distinguishable within his own lane, he was never someone who impressed me due to his lack of ambition. His relatively short-lived career took an intriguing turn ... read more
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On “The New Abnormal” The Strokes came back after their largest hiatus to date, reinventing upon their indie rock aesthetic and entangling it in an odd synthpop fusion, as many seemed to venture into last year. This only happened to be their clearest release so far; Julian Casablancas partly surrenders his restrained vocal style and essentially polishes every domain of his performances, transfiguring his primary modes, which functioned principally as background, into a setting that ... read more
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Logic takes everyone by surprise after having announced that he’d be retiring for good in 2020 and releases this record under a new Doctor Destruction moniker, perhaps in response to MF DOOM’s passing, as it exhibits strong influence. With this new alias comes a self-produced approach that is very reminiscent of Madlib as well and an awkward pitch alteration that does him no favors.

Ever since the start of the record you get the impression that this is supposed to be something that ... read more
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Blu & Exile really knocked it out of the park with this one. As a general rule I tend to be a little unsure when embroiling myself with records that are as gargantuan as “Miles” in their length, however, such only proves that efforts can surpass the ordinary 1 hour mark and still pack a punch. There is undeniably a substantial endeavour into moulding this enormous experience into one that is consistently captivating, as Blu & Exile seem to evince such a broad collection of ... read more
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Ashnikko has been under my radar for a while, namely due to the singles that have been leading up to this debut mixtape, as she is presenting a blend of genres that is quite distinctive, truly displaying a signature sound that comes off as thoroughly unique to me, as nothing that I’ve listened to before is quite similar to “DEMIDEVIL”.

I consider that the most focal point of the mixtape is to showcase what she is capable of doing as an artist and not necessarily to propose an ... read more
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This new record from ZAYN is exactly what you would expect from someone titling their tracks as “Vibez” and “Unfuckwitable” and known for former One Direction fame, it is nothing more than run-of-the-mill radio pop now embraced around a nondescript R&B aura.

Admittedly this is not something right up my alley, so it’s no surprise that I absolutely despised it, yet it is still fun to express your unfathomable hostility towards something every once in a while, ... read more
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While not necessarily groundbreaking within the post punk scene, “Drunk Tank Pink” serves as a batch of tracks that are still rather refined, a balanced mix between high-octane performances and ones than lean more towards a mellow and gloomy approach, in old punk fashion.

The year has just started and the genre that has been dominating thus far is punk, we’ve already gotten two records that are appreciable but this one sticks out much more in comparison to the Viagra ... read more
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As with any of the recent releases that held any kind of weight in 2020, out of any of the albums that managed to retain a user score above 80, there's always something about them that stands out, a category in which they excel at more than any other and Phoebe Bridgers' "Punisher" could easily hold the title of the most emotional, sorrowful and saddening work from last year.

I'm going to come clean right off the bat, this is one of the few records from last year that, despite being ... read more
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Amongst the disco revival that occurred in 2020 there's one album that managed to shine more than others, that being Jessie Ware's critically acclaimed record "What's Your Pleasure?", as she presents what's easily the most alluring, vivacious, creative and infectious set of songs in the midst of the genre's revitalization.

It's one of those albums that contain multiple cuts that gave me the impression that I had heard them before even though I hadn't at first, which isn't inherently ... read more
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The swedish post punk band provide a record full of ups and downs, which manages to cover a vast array of different sounds but only appears in the midst of a misleading album title, as "Welfare Jazz" shows, at most, very little jazz influence throughout its duration.

And yes, that's the main problem that occurs with the effort, amongst many others, it prepares the listener for something that doesn't even come, as with its title you'd expect some sort of jazz and punk fusion or at ... read more
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With "Purple Moonlight Pages" R.A.P. Ferreira delivers a record that is far superior than its successor, acting as the perfect balance between the oddity of the spoken word passages heard on "Bob's Son" and his own idiosyncratic calm and collected flow patterns, which certainly shine much more on this release.

R.A.P. Ferreira is certainly one of the most fascinating figures in the contemporary rap landscape, easily one of the most talented, off-the-wall and intelligent ... read more
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"AETHERNET" is a really interesting short record from an upcoming group that's all sorts of experimental, yet I feel like it falls rather flat on many fronts, even though I found the album to be quite captivating due to its futuristic approach and successful blend of genres.

Prior to listening to this collective I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into, I tried searching online for some extra information and all that I could find was very limited, I only walked away knowing ... read more
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