Album and gig reviews.

APOLLO BROWN “GRANDEUR” ALBUM REVIEW BY ALEYNA MARTINEZ

It isn’t easy lately to get the time needed to properly digest an album like Grandeur by Apollo Brown released September 2015. There’s more to this music than just vibing to the sound of the beats; which are laced with the recognisable, sampled boom-bap flavour Apollo is so dearly loved for. The artists featured spit […]

AVERAGE RAP BAND “STREAM OF NONSENSENESS” EP REVIEW BY ALEYNA MARTINEZ

Opening with a super hero vocoder reminiscent of Redman as the ‘Great Wiz’ in De La Soul’s ‘Oooh’ http://youtu.be/avIqTrX2eac video Average Rap Band, who are mixed Young Gifted & Broke members, Lui Tuiasau, Tom Scott and Dandruff Dicky, have rearranged themselves to pronounce the fact that lyricism is an instrument too. Average Rap Band as […]

FASHAWN “THE ECOLOGY” ALBUM REVIEW BY ALEYNA MARTINEZ

Fashawn’s sophomore album, “The Ecology” notably denotes Nasir Jones as its executive producer. It could be easy to find comfort in the legendary headliners like Busta Rhymes, Aloe Blacc or Dom Kennedy and write it off as good because the accolades tell you so, but upon a few listens “The Ecology” reveals itself as Fashawn’s […]

ODDISEE “THE GOOD FIGHT” ALBUM REVIEW BY KRYSTEL DIOLA

If I asked you what you’re good fight is about, you’d probably list dichotomies that speak at the very essence of what it means to be human – freedom vs imprisonment, truth vs lies, love vs hate, or ‘me against the world’. To be free in this world comes with consequences when the infrastructure around […]

P-MONEY & GAPPY RANKS “THE BADDEST” EP REVIEW BY MIKE WHO

London via Auckland heavyweight sound courtesy of two of the hardest working in the game Gappy Ranks and P-Money. An odd combination on paper but one that certainly takes shape after a sit down with this brand new EP “The Baddest”. I’ve been holding tight and waiting patiently for more to surface from these two […]

SORCERESS “DOSE” ALBUM REVIEW BY LISA JAMESON

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate what is currently going on in the thriving music scene of Aotearoa (NZ). New Zealand is producing world class contemporary Soul acts, and at the forefront of this movement, is quintet Sorceress. Sorceress, formally known as Funkommunity, have dropped their hugely anticipated second LP “Dose”; a beautifully crafted […]

ESSA “THE MISADVENTURES OF A MIDDLE MAN” ALBUM REVIEW BY DJ TREY

The Entertainment Lawyer / Rapper Essa (Formerly known as Yungun) is set to release his first album since 2006 “The Misadventures Of A Middle Man”. An album exploring social and cultural issues it delves into topics of religion, race and perception. Although Essa engages in these heavy topics, this album never feels weighed down by […]

ODDISEE “THE BEAUTY IN ALL” & “TANGIBLE DREAM” ALBUM REVIEWS BY DJ TREY

Oddisee “The Beauty In All” The new album from Oddisee “The Beauty In All”, speaks to the level of quality that we have come to expect from him. The latest instrumental offering from Oddisee since 2011’s “Rock Creek Park”, delivers a much more ambient and consistent project. Described by Oddisee as a dedication to imperfection, […]

AB & 14KT “SATURN RETURN” ALBUM REVIEW BY ALEYNA MARTINEZ

Tagged as “progressive soul” on Soundcloud, Saturn Return by AB & 14KT merges into the ears with intro track titled “Today’s Love”. The sonics are euphoric, longing. Ab’s vocals echo: “Don’t you act like you don’t know me”. There’s a bass guitar on it that strums you to the notion that you’re about to feel […]

LOOSE CHANGE “LISTENING PARTY” ALBUM REVIEW BY MIKE WHO

Local Sydney Don’s Loose Change new long player “Listening Party” has dropped just in time for summer and the vibes are most certainly right. Repping the Big Village massive the crew is made up collectively of established and well respected Mc’s Rappaport and Ellesquire, with the extremely talented P. Major on production duties. Listening Party […]