Review – Kai Exos, ‘Telegraph’


Toronto Newcomer Kai Exos Shows Tremendous Promise on Debut ‘Telegraph’ Kai Exos • Telegraph • VMP Group • US Release Date: June 10, 2014 In 2005, R&B singer Leela James sang a song titled “Music”, which had some harsh criticisms towards current music. To quote the “old soul” contemporary R&B singer, “Can’t even turn on…

Review: Dana Salzman, ‘Deep Down’


 On Deep Down, Dana Salzman delivers an eclectic album mixing jazz, funk, and hip-hop On her third album Deep Down, vocalist Dana Salzman presents herself as a premiere eclectic artist, delivering a mix of jazz, funk, and hip-hop.  Throughout the 16-track album, Salzman’s musicianship shines through both her nuanced pipes as well as her thoughtful…

Review: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’


Black Radio 2 may not supersede the original, but is still quite the exceptional listen Robert Glasper Experiment⎪ Black Radio 2⎪ Blue Note ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 29, 2013 After a successful first installment of Black Radio (the album received a Grammy for Best R&B Album earlier this year), the Robert Glasper Experiment returns…

Review: Elton John, ‘The Diving Board’


Elton John Doesn’t Miss A Beat on His Latest  Elton John⎪The Diving Board ⎪ Capitol ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 24, 2013 When I hear the name Elton John, one of the first words that comes to mind is legend (piano too, but we’ll stick with legend for our purposes).  Elton John was certainly a…

Review: John Legend, ‘Love In The Future’


John Legend Makes Genuine Love Sound Both Respectable and Desirable on Love In The Future  John Legend⎪ Love In The Future ⎪ Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 3, 2013 The gap between John Legend‘s solo albums has been a staggering five years! UGH! Sure, we haven’t been without those soulful pipes completely, but Evolver was…

Justin Bieber Probably Should Return to America…


Justin Bieber‘s overseas experience could be described by a number of adjectives from the media and outsider’s prospective, none of which are flattering.  From the teen singer’s perspective, I’m sure several profanities would be appropriate to describe the firestorms that he’s been part of.  Face it, Bieber’s 2013 has been one of the worst PR…

Review: James Blake, Overgrown


 James Blake ⎪ Overgrown ⎪ Universal (Polydor) ⎪⎪ US Release Date: April 09, 2013 Background James Blake first arrived onto the recording scene with 2011’s minimal, experimental, reverb-laden James Blake.  The crowning achievement of the British electronic/ singer-songwriter’s artist’s debut was an ‘electrified’ cover of Feist’s “Limit To Your Love” (The Reminder).  Aside from “Limit To…

My Girl Is Back and ‘On Fire’… At Least We Hope


So after the news that One Direction were returning with their sophomore album (as if I cared to know who else’s mom Harry Styles was trying to sleep with), I was made happy by the fact my boo Alicia Keys was returning with her first album in three years (yeah, I know she’s married with a child).  The name of Mrs….