"Like many singer-songwriters, Jessica Lea Mayfield depends on vocal demeanor to bring out the emotional nuances in her writing. She's got quite a range: She can sound spacey and serene, or distant and suspicious, or fiercely sure of herself. Her raw fourth album, Sorry Is Gone, has a series of songs about escape from damaging relationships, and each is conveyed through its own weather system. There are outbreaks of snarling bitterness followed by moments of calm, and times when inner turmoil is masked under a coating of honeyed pop exuberance." - NPR
"According to the band, Deadbeat Graffiti is a “representation of our listening habits. It has a roller coaster effect, with many different tempos and influences ranging from Garage-Punk, to Hip-Hop, Soul and everything else that we listen to.” That in mind, it kicks off with the single “Lost Cause,” a hard-hitting “lovestruck anthem” that hearkens back to the jangly Garage Rock of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Hives. The staccato rhythm of the guitar that McKeown refers to as “chicken pickin’” is so engaging that one could be forgiven for forgetting that there is no bass. Then there is “Bully,” a melodic, Blues-tinged heartbreaker about lost love." - Cryptic Rock
"The Grammy-nominated artist, King Henry, has joined forces with Rhye’s Mike Molish, Ry X, Sasha Sloan, and more on an indie-tinted house EP. “Destiny” feels like way more than just pop or electronica. It has a soul to it that stays with you after you’re done listening, and an organic, flowing way about it that is sexy and alluring. “Moment” is a masterful and progressive piece of songwriting which is faultless, intelligent and a testament to both men's musicianship."
"Have you heard of Torii Wolf yet? If the answer is no, your reputation as a musicenthusiast just might be in jeopardy. She is DJ Premier's newest protégée and signee - the two have collaborated in the recent past with songs such as 'Shadows Crawl' and '1st'. On 'Free,' the LA-based singer's range and melodies over King Of Chill's drums make for a heavenly listen from beginning to end." - Earmilk
"While there are many stand out tracks on ‘A Moment Apart' the album should truly be listened to as a complete work. In this case the beauty of the trees is only magnified by the scene of the forest as a whole. Whenever you find a free hour. Whether it be driving, or after a long week of work – put this album on and tune out reality. Let the chaos and worries of life melt away to a soundtrack that ODESZA has managed to make sound like it was created specifically for whoever was listening to it in that moment. Enjoy a moment apart from your troubles and responsibilities with this electronic masterpiece." - EDM Sauce
"This album is full of those little moments of connections: lyrically, musically and thematically. Each song feels like it could be your next favorite song, and ones you thought you may have forgotten you find yourself humming later in the day. Bullock said that’s the goal, but one that is difficult to accomplish." - Riff Magazine
“Let’s fall in love with our telephones off,” folk-punker Langhorne Slim (aka Sean Scolnick) sings on “Never Break,” the title song of an EP that previews three songs off Slim’s forthcoming album Lost at Last Vol. 1, due out Nov. 10 via Dualtone. “Zombie,” the latest and most upbeat song off the Never Break EP, follows suit, though the main vein of the song is unrequited love: “She drank red wine in the pouring rain / She read me books about the human brain.” The woman Slim depicts in this song isn’t emotionally available beyond intellect and friendship—true to patriarchal form, Mr. Slim puts the mysterious mistress in the body of a monster. But he also puts himself in one. As Slim sings towards the end of the song, “he wanted her heart” in the same way a zombie wants the brain." - Paste Magazine
"When all the UNKLE partnerships finished, I had to work out where I was in my life and figure out what I was going to do. I've always wanted to make another record. I just thought, this time around, I'm going to do it my way, and I'm going to take some time and find the right people to work with, people with younger energy. I need people that understand the culture of what I'm trying to do and understand the UNKLE universe. I didn't want to make a rock record, an electronic record, a hip-hop record. I just wanted to take the elements of what I think makes an UNKLE record work. I wanted to get back to the basis of the emotional, what it makes me feel like to make music. Everybody that got involved had that same idea." - James Lavelle in an interview with Under The Radar Magazine
"On Sky Is Mine each song approaches, revises, steps back and looks for humanity on a planetary scale. From the shimmering melodies and prodigious power of tracks like ‘Magenta’ and ‘See Power’ to the energy-fuelled psychedelic rock of ‘Houses’ and ‘Yoyo’, the album flows with a dark, beguiling grandeur with the majestic allure of Liela Moss’ crystal vocals. Sky Is Mine looks at harm, control and lack of love but burns through it to find the essential human heart. Talking about the album, front-woman Liela Moss explains: “Sonically, it’s the most tender record we have made, the expansiveness will lift hearts but the rawness will burn through greedy fingers. Lyrically, this is where I stand… With feet cold and wet from standing in the sludge of fear that is the world we tread upon, this album snapshots a palpitating heart that values above all things, life. Half-finished sentences describe nasty bits and pieces, shards of cruelty as they are dissolved by being pissed on from a great height with a stream of golden, glowing benevolence!” - Vents Magazine
"From the band who have been synced in various movie trailers, TV shows, and video games including Girls, Grand Theft Auto V, Lucifer, Now You See Me, and Need For Speed 2015, we bring you their latest EP. Battle Tapes are an LA-based electro-synth pop band who produce super intense, vibey dance music with a dark edge. Their impressive list of syncs makes sense, because this Joywave-esque song (No Good) makes me want to speed down the highway in a really nice car. Josh Boardman (vocals/guitar/synth) talked to Baeble about the song, "'No Good' was one of those songs that kind of came out of nowhere, but showed up exactly when we needed it to. When we started writing for this EP I was dealing with a bout of writers block and as a band we found ourselves wrestling with a bit of creative paralysis. We knew we wanted this EP to have a different perspective than the last album, but weren't sure what that actually looked like. Not a total rethink - just more of a nuanced shift in feel." He continued to tell us how they dealt with the writer's block, "So we decided to head out to Palm Springs to get away from the distractions and noise of LA. We rented a house, set up a couple little workstations and invited a few of our artist friends to come out for a couple of days at a time. After they'd leave we'd digest what we had all come up with. It was in one of those late nights after the house was empty and things were really still and settled after being a buzz with energy all day that I was strumming an acoustic guitar over a simple hypnotic synth loop, and 'No Good' very earnestly revealed itself." - Baeble
Widely praised for their timeless and genre-smashing approach to song craft, The Great Escape is a trio comprised of Kristian Nord (drums, bass, production), Malte Hagemeister (guitars, production) – both originally from Hamburg, Germany and Cambridge-born singer Ingrid Andersson. Their second full-length album - Universe In Bloom, takes the raw energy and stomping confidence of their self-titled debut to the next level with massive, catchy hooks.