Review: Janelle Monáe, ‘The Electric Lady’


Janelle Monáe Scores A Home Run on The Electric Lady Janelle Monáe⎪The Electric Lady⎪ Bad Boy / Wandaland ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 10, 2013 Merely calling Janelle Monáe one of a kind would be a total understatement, like really.  Janelle Monáe is one of a handful of R&B artists who brings something truly different,…

Review: The Weeknd, ‘Kiss Land’


The Weeknd Sticks With the Formula With Less Notable Results The Weeknd⎪ Kiss Land ⎪ Republic⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 10, 2013 Alternative R&B generally is a fine outlet to keep the cooling genre of R&B alive. In a day and age where ‘neo-soul’ has fallen by the wayside and adult contemporary R&B can’t carry…

New Music & Review: Joel Compass, ‘Astronaut EP’


Joel Compass artistic potential shines brightly on his new EP Astronaut Joel Compass⎪Astronaut EP ⎪ Photo Finish / Black Butter Records ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 10, 2013 At 19, few people know exactly what they want to do in life or where they want to go.  Having an identity crisis is not unfounded.  For 19-year…

Review: Mayer Hawthorne, ‘Where Does This Door Go’


Mayer Hawthorne⎪ Where Does This Door Go ⎪ Republic ⎪⎪ US Release Date: July 16, 2013 If you go by looks alone, Mayer Hawthorne looks like anything but an R&B singer, particularly a retro-soul singer; he appears to be the antithesis if anything.  That, of course,  is shallow and small-minded thinking, which I’m opposed to….

Review: PARTYNEXTDOOR, ‘PARTYNEXTDOOR’ (Mixtape)


PARTYNEXTDOOR • PARTYNEXTDOOR • OVO Sound • Release Date: July 2, 2013 “Girl I’m out here / getting to the money / blowin’ these hundreds / blowin’ these hundreds…” Yeah, yeah, yeah… How many times have we heard these same lyrics or a similar sentiment? A new youthful male R&B and/or hip-hop star gets the ‘come-up’ of a lifetime…