Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Thundercat Gets Vulnerable on New LP ‘It Is What It Is’ Produced With Flying Lotus and Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Lil B, and More

Photo by The1point8 Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Thundercat has earned a reverence among music lovers and makers alike. The artist né Stephen Bruner released It Is What It Is, his fourth studio album, on April 3; it is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed LP Drunk, which was as adventurous as it was plain goofy. While not completely serious—see: “Dragonball Durag” and “Overseas” featuring … Continue reading Thundercat Gets Vulnerable on New LP ‘It Is What It Is’ Produced With Flying Lotus and Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Lil B, and More

Splashing About with Javier Rodriguez

sngalbums: The hum of a needle on wax sounds mighty similar to the patter of rain on a window. Javier Rodriguez uses this perspective shift to create a unique space for his heady beats. He released two other records last year (not including the one that dropped on January 1st of 2020), and I frequently returned to The Rain Songs for its steady comfort.  The … Continue reading Splashing About with Javier Rodriguez

Splashing About with Javier Rodriguez

The hum of a needle on wax sounds mighty similar to the patter of rain on a window. Javier Rodriguez uses this perspective shift to create a unique space for his heady beats. He released two other records last year (not including the one that dropped on January 1st of 2020), and I frequently returned to The Rain Songs for its steady comfort.  That cascading … Continue reading Splashing About with Javier Rodriguez

Dynamic Sounds Reflect Kevin A’s Self-Exploration

sngalbums: In recent years, the music I connect with most largely deals with the painful, tangled nature of love. Yet, Kevin A’s incredibly romantic mixtape Tropic stood out to me in spite of itself. The Scarborough, Ontario native spent years on the project and said that it is an “exploration of his identity,” which inadvertently doubles as a meditation on all types of love.  Widely … Continue reading Dynamic Sounds Reflect Kevin A’s Self-Exploration

Dynamic Sounds Reflect Kevin A’s Self-Exploration

In recent years, the music I connect with most largely deals with the painful, tangled nature of love. Yet, Kevin A’s incredibly romantic mixtape Tropic stood out to me in spite of itself. The Scarborough, Ontario native spent years on the project and said that it is an “exploration of his identity,” which inadvertently doubles as a meditation on all types of love.  Widely labeled … Continue reading Dynamic Sounds Reflect Kevin A’s Self-Exploration

Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX had … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP