“Mellow, progressive and mature” is how Albert Ryan describes his life and his music, and we can certainly attest to the latter. Tracks like “Never Around” are a prime demonstration of his pairing of whispered vocals with subtle drops that manage the same bliss without the cliched buildups that plague today’s EDM.
Bangladeshi-American artist Anik Khan shares his rap-sangin’ approach with many of today’s surging internet voices in hip-pop. And while he surfs his fair share of melodic trap beats, it’s standout cuts like “Kites” that show Khan at his absolute best, soulful and in the presence of a full band.
The stomp-clap rhythm, the “ooo” harmonies, the timed synth blares, the tambourine shakes; it really is a mystery why Baba Ali’s “I’ve Been Voodoo’d” hasn’t been featured in an Apple commercial yet. Ali hasn’t released much else, but you should probably listen to it now before he’s up for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammys.
We’ve all heard Cardi B’s triple-platinum hit Bodak Yellow and most likely loved every second of it. The question was whether this was a one-hit-wonder moment or not. After show-stealing features on G-Eazy’s “No Limit” and Migos’s “Motorsport”, and a banging follow-up single in “Bartier Cardi”, we can be sure the Bronx rapper is only going to get bigger in 2018.
Part Thundercat, part Baths, Jachary’s debut EP is an amalgam of glitching sounds and influences, touching on everything from funk to Nintendo rock. It’s exciting to see such a diverse mind forging his own path separate from producing for artists like Bohan Phoenix, and hopefully time will provide a more focused line for his weird sounds.
Is there anything that better captures the frustrations of today’s generation than someone frantically pacing around New York’s financial district, wearing a suit and yelling into a Bluetooth earpiece? Maybe the DIY sounds of Little Shadows.
We’ve seen our share of singularly produced hip-hop albums this year—from El-P’s trilogy completion on RTJ3 to Metro Boomin’s tapes with Big Sean, Offset, and 21 Savage—but one you probably missed was O Billz’s late collaboration with Blank Body. Appropriately titled E.T GLOBAL VOL.1, and appropriately labeled “intergalactic trap,” we can only hope this isn’t the last full length we’ve seen from these two.
In a year when critics were debating whether the future of emo rested in the hands of internet rap, Long Island’s Jade Lilitri took us back to the early 2000s on The Yunahon Mixtape. Channeling such great acts as Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, and Spoon, Lilitri’s latest release bears the appeal of a rom-com like 10 Things I Hate About You, delivering humor and mush in just the right balance.
Putting aside the grainier surf sounds of their 2015 EP, Palmas seem to be going all in on the ’60s psych-pop flavor of tracks like “Flowers”. Five years ago, Palmas might have been pulled under the wave of success of groups like Tame Impala, but because of the internet’s high-speed exchange of genres, their music is basically a throwback to a throwback, and that’s pretty nice.
Seoul-to-Brooklyn producer Kathy “Yaeji” Lee is bringing something new to house music. It isn’t that she can rap and sing, or that she’s able to craft the best Drake remixes. And it isn’t her ability to maintain a level of softness amid massive bass warbles à la Jamie xx. It’s the community that comes with her music, most visibly seen by her partnering with a Korean restaurant to serve curry at her local gigs in an attempt to make the audience feel like they’re at an apartment dinner party.