R&B

Little Mix – ‘Confetti’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Columbia Records British girl group Little Mix remains one of the UK’s most guilty pleasures. Hailing as the only female band to win Simon Cowell’s coveted X-Factor reality show in 2011, the former quartet has since sparked a solid amount of commercial success. From starting out with 2012’s debut DNA, to… Read more

Jessie Ware – ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Carlijn Jacobs Reinvention is a difficult game to play. One of the greatest artistic struggles a creator experiences is the profound desire to move their art forward (whatever “forward” means for them) without being swept up in a trend. British vocalist Jessie Ware has reinvented her act steadily through the years by inching… Read more

Rina Sawayama – ‘SAWAYAMA’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hendrik Schneider Painstakingly crafted among a tightly knit group of friends and collaborators, the year’s best pop album came not from an industry byproduct but a self-starter who’s among the hardest-working young stars in the game. SAWAYAMA is the debut LP from London-based Rina Sawayama, and it’s acid-dipped, Y2K-fixated, capital-P Pop of the… Read more

SAINt JHN – ‘While The World Was Burning’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Krisana Sotelo Carlos St. John Phillips is recovering from a severe case of anonymous success. A decade into a career that was not without its own successes, he was launched into the stratosphere with a billion-plus streaming TikTok remix of his single “Roses.” He was everywhere at once while existing nowhere; few knew… Read more

Bryson Tiller – ‘Anniversary’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson As the end of the fall season moves into winter, R&B heartthrob Bryson Tiller’s third studio album Anniversary was released just in time for newfound loves and rekindled romances. Coming off of a long-awaited three years since his 2017 sophomore album True To Self, the new LP has been met… Read more

Ariana Grande – ‘Positions’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dave Meyers, courtesy of Republic Records Casting positions as Ariana Grande’s ‘quarantine album’ oversimplifies the context the rest of her illustrious catalog provides in shaping its creation. This is, after all, the same woman who planned and recorded thank u, next in eight weeks – she operates comfortably in overdrive. So when she… Read more

Sam Smith – ‘Love Goes’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Capitol Music Group Sam Smith originally planned to release their third album in the summer of 2020 under an entirely different name – what once was To Die For, a carefree and sexy ode to the inner George Michael driving Smith to glitzier parties and brighter dance floors, is now Love Goes, a… Read more

RAYE: Electro Pop and R&B Reinvented

Photo Credit: Dan Medhurst Raye has worked with artists such as Nas, Avelino, and Charli XCX. She is setting the stage for a long-term musical career with a growing list of hit songs that she has worked on by her writing credits and vocal chops. Rachel Agatha Keen was born on October 24, 1997, in… Read more

Joji – ‘Nectar’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jeaneen Lund George Miller, professionally known as “Joji”, has had one of the most interesting transitions into the mainstream music industry. No stranger to fame, Miller started out on the Internet in the early 2010s with the alias “Filthy Frank” and quickly escalated into meme culture for his in-your-face sense of dark humor…. Read more