Album Reviews

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UPSAHL Outshines the Haters and Drops Debut Album ‘Lady Jesus’

After years of writing music, releasing singles on her own and garnering the attention of music labels and critics alike, blooming artist UPSAHL has dropped her debut album Lady Jesus, via Arista Records. An alt-pop explosion of attitude, style and grit, the album is full of high voltage energy and insatiable rowdiness. Lady Jesus is […]

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boylife scores a flawless debut on his visceral self-portrait “gelato”

With the release of his debut album gelato, avant-R&B crooner boylife (aka Ryan Yoo) has seen the culmination of over four years of work come to fruition into a dually earnest and honest self-portrait. And like the album’s cover — a photo series showing Yoo bloody and bruised after a boxing match — its songs […]

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Premiere: Kaylee Patterson Releases Debut EP ‘Forever Would’ve Sucked’

Releasing her first single in 2020, Montreal singer/songwriter Kaylee Patterson has come through with her debut EP, Forever Would’ve Sucked, a six-song introspective collection about heartbreak, perseverance and the words you wish you had known how to say sooner. Focusing on bad relationships, Patterson addresses abusive patterns and explores how to find the strength to […]

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María Isabel drops her sultry bilingual new EP, taking a deep dive into emotional waters

After releasing her debut EP in 2020, Dominican-American artist María Isabel is back with the release of her new EP, i hope you’re very unhappy without me, via Warner Records. The 8-song EP pulsates with a deep sense of longing as Isabel takes a deep dive into emotional waters. The intimate exploration takes listeners through the landscape […]

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Bomba Estéreo’s New Album Deja Encapsulates A Need for Cultural and Earthly Connections

Four years since the release of their last album, Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo have dropped Deja, their sixth studio LP. The new album is an elemental, pulsating offering to the world, promoting connection, togetherness and a convergence between humans and nature. While Deja is a uniting album, it also calls out our recent disconnection to […]

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Premiere: MOLD! make their rapturous debut on the ecstatic and frenzied debut album “NO SILENCE!”

Miami psych-rock collective MOLD! have dropped their hotly anticipated album NO SILENCE! Like an ecstatic rallying cry, NO SILENCE! erupts with a fervent scream for perseverance. Written about the band’s founding member and lead vocalist, Carlo Barbacci’s move from his home in Lima, Peru to Florida — NO SILENCE! also tracks his emotional journey to start […]

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Monogem celebrates her roots while creating some of her own on new album “Gardenia”

Los Angeles musician Monogem has finally unveiled her newest album Gardenia, a lush collection of Spanish songs imbued with her love of sleek electro-pop that takes its cues from jazz and soul. Written entirely in Spanish, a first for Monogem the moniker under which Mexican-American Jen Hirsch creates music. Done so out of adoration for […]

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Premiere: AKACATS Delivers a Lo-fi Stunner with New EP Cupido

Adding to the breath of lo-fi triphop, but firmly delivered with her own spin on things, Chilean MC and singer-songwriter AKACATS (aka Catalina Rojas) slips quietly into the stream of hip hop consciousness with the drop of her debut EP, Cupido. The four-song release pairs together a distinct lo-fi sound with elements of jazz, soul […]

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Lorelei Marcell
Hot Artist Alert: Lorelei Marcell looks back to look ahead on stellar debut EP

On the opening track of her self-titled debut EP, singer/songwriter Lorelei Marcell makes a difficult affirmation to not hold herself to the impossible expectations of others. “I’ve been a little too naive and a little too loyal, you’ve been like a bullet in the breeze a little too spoiled,” she concedes between the buoyant splash […]

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Junior Mesa
Junior Mesa finds some healing on the vibrant psyche-pop of “Cirque du Freak”

Junior Mesa has unveiled his sophomore project with the release of his new EP Cirque du Freak, an elaborate collision of the artist’s love of the kind of Sgt. Peppers-era psychedelic textures with his own burgeoning struggle with his own existential strife. Created while Mesa was struggling with the aftermath of an epilepsy diagnosis and […]

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