Kelis, Food © Ninja Tune

Review: Kelis, ‘Food’


While there is little food to physical eat, Kelis’ sixth studio album makes you hungry for more Kelis • Food • Ninja Tune • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 It’s not easy to be an oddball. Maybe oddball has a negative connotation, but personally, being somewhat of an oddity myself, I take it as a compliment. It means that you don’t conform like so … Continue reading Review: Kelis, ‘Food’

Review: Asher Roth, ‘RetroHash’


 It’s pretty safe to say Asher Roth is one high mellow dude on RetroHash Asher Roth • RetroHash • pale fire • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 “That party last night / was awfully crazy, I wish we taped it / I danced my a** off / and had this one girl completely naked,” sings Roth on one of the more memorable songs of … Continue reading Review: Asher Roth, ‘RetroHash’

August Alsina, Testimony © Def Jam

Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’


R&B newbie August Alsina shows tremendous potential on full-length debut Testimony  August Alsina • Testimony • Def Jam • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 The moment has finally arrived for up and coming New Orleans contemporary R&B singer August Alsina to take center stage. Sure, the 21-year old represents the new generation who prefer boldness to subtlety, but ultimately the brasher style suits the … Continue reading Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’

Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’


 Derülo’s over-reliance on sex and swagger holds the album back at times Jason Derülo • Talk Dirty • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number of YouTube personalities might put it, but I did think … Continue reading Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’

Review: SZA, ‘Z’


  SZA leaves a superb first impression on her full-length debut album Z SZA • Z • Top Dawg Entertainment • US Release Date: April 8, 2014 For many up and coming R&B artists, alternative R&B seems to be a sound choice for establishing artistry. With R&B going through an identity crisis (not unlike other genres to be fair), the more eclectic-based alt-R&B style allows … Continue reading Review: SZA, ‘Z’

Review: M&O, ‘Almost Us’


M&O isn’t a household name, but perhaps the duo should be M&O • Almost Us • US Release Date: April 3, 2014 In an age where many of us music listeners are searching for the next ‘big-thing’ – aka the next breakout artist/band – too often WE think ‘too big’ and end up missing out on a treat that wasn’t so far-fetched to discover. There … Continue reading Review: M&O, ‘Almost Us’

718ciNHjQlL._SL1500_

Review: MKTO, ‘MKTO’


MKTO don’t reinvent the wheel, but deliver worthwhile pop music MKTO • MKTO • Columbia • US Release Date: April 1, 2014 Every year, there are new pop acts that come and go. Some make a gargantuan impact and either exemplify current trends soundly or begin a new trend. Others fall by the wayside, going unnoticed. For MKTO, made up of actors/musicians Malcolm Kelly and … Continue reading Review: MKTO, ‘MKTO’

Review: Mac Demarco, ‘Salad Days’


 Salad Days easily proves to be one of the year’s elite albums Mac Demarco • Salad Days • Captured Tracks • US Release Dates: April 1, 2014 “Oh now, you’ve done it again / no use when you already know how it ends.” Throughout Salad Days, singer/songwriter Mac Demarco seems incredibly down – there is the sense of the constant ‘bummer’. The aforementioned lyrics, excerpted … Continue reading Review: Mac Demarco, ‘Salad Days’