"James returns to the covers game this year in a very different place than he was the last time around. In the years between Tribute To and its sequel, he’s attained and maintained an enviable combination of stadium-filling rock godhood and critic-approved weirdo scene cred. Between the Grammy nominations and covering “The Super Bowl Shuffle” with an internet cat, the sadness (this time inspired by, well, the world going fully and collectively insane) still found ways to creep in... On Tribute To 2, Jim James deftly circumvents the biggest challenge of working with other people’s material, adding his own sonic voice and restraint as an arranger to a collection of songs that warp and reorder the conventional wisdom about a covers record’s creative ceiling. The resulting album feels like a genuine, cohesive artistic statement, one that often improves upon its source material rather than just paying bland tribute." - Consequence of Sound
"Real friends push boundaries together, and Bassnectar makes friends with only the realest. He's back on his collaborative streak with part two of his Reflective EP series. Like its predecessor, Reflective (Part 2) drifts through styles and tempos, challenging the monolithic bass king to spread his wings in exciting new directions." - Billboard
"In the title track, Miss Li, or Linda Carlsson, tells about what she learned about being a woman. It's the most glowing moment of the album: "When you find something that you want, you've got to work harder than them all". Equally strong, "Dangerous" is a duet with musician Nea Nelson where the two women sing to each other about their strengths. But there are also moments when Miss Li is struggling with her self-image. In "Pressure," she compares herself with the "perfect" women on television. In the end she concludes that she never would like to be like them anyway. Because the music is not revolutionary, the message is heard loud and loud." - Isra Box
Remix EP of songs selected from Jai Wolf's "Kindred Spirits"
Remix EP of songs selected from Fyfe's "A Space Between"
"Kid Kruschev comes just a year after Jessica Rabbit and marks a singular, decisive change of direction. Despite retaining many of the fundamental components of Sleigh Bells’ sound, there's a shift of intensity and a new meditative quality. Florida Thunderstorm, for example, is more reflective and melancholic than what we've seen from Sleigh Bells before. Kid Kruschev sees Sleigh Bells strike a delicate balance, branching into new creative waters whilst staying true to the musical formula which first garnered them attention." - The Skinny
"Cat Stevens once said, “I let my music take me where my heart wants to go”—an idea that inspired Langhorne Slim (real name Sean Scolnick), and lies at the center of his new album, Lost At Last Vol. 1. Following your muse, taking the path less traveled—whatever trite way you want to put it, it’s easier said than done. “Attaching one’s identity to the artificial and superficial as opposed to living in amazement, wonder and following our soul’s actual calling is a great human tragedy as I see it,” he explains in the album notes. “We look to our phones, drugs, sex, whatever to find ourselves when it’s already right here”—the importance of connecting, feeling, stripping things down until we get reacquainted with our true selves serving as his mission statement." - Paste
Remix EP of songs selected from UNKLE's "The Road: Part 1"
"While four of the album’s greatest selections were pre-released, the remaining six tracks present several layers of quintessential Vulf. From the quirky harmonies of “Mr. Finish Line” to the upbeat symmetry of “Tee Time”, the unforgettable lyrics in “Business Casual”, the heart-pounding feels of “Grandma”, and the bass moves in “Captain Hook”, the band’s seventh release places itself right in line with Vulfpeck’s growing trajectory. The infamous clarinet solo from “Back Pocket” makes not one, but two appearances in “Mr. Finish Line” and “Business Casual”, creating a feeling of comfort, consistency, and reprise, as well as exponential growth. Hosting more musical guests than any album previously, Vulfpeck’s Mr. Finish Line opens up the quartet’s stage to an even bigger audience for them to perform. With no dates currently on the schedule, we can’t wait to see what Vulfpeck has in store for 2018." - LiveforLiveMusic
"On this new LP, Womack reminds us that she's much more than just a pretty voice. Start-to-finish, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone has a cinematic quality to it, one buoyed both by lush, dynamic arrangements and by a skillfully executed sequence, which effortlessly ebbs and flows between torch songs (the smoldering "He Called Me Baby") and Texas twang (the jagged crunch of "Wicked"), giving equal credence to the bedroom (the sweet and clever "End of the World") and the bar (the laid-back shuffle of "Bottom of the Barrel"). Produced by Womack's husband Frank Liddell and aided by crack co-writers like Waylon Payne and Adam Wright, the album finds her loose and at ease; in many instances, it sounds like she's having a damn good time." - NPR