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Here is the February catch up post that includes notable albums released in February that I missed in the review.
Stat Quo – ATLA: All This Life 2/25/14
Mr. “Statlanta” was once signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. He was building buzz and working with games elite. With a highly anticipated album on the way Eminem vanished from music and resurfaced in the news recovering from a drug overdose. Oh the possibility and what would have been. No use in crying over spilled milk. Stat has never given up on his dream and has continued to release music independently. His latest release is a good old school Atlanta ride. He gives a tribute to Outkast and brings feature guests Scarface and Devin tha Dude along. I call it good hip-hop music.
Score – 7 of 10
Joe Ryan – 1879 2/13/14
This one slipped passed my radar. I jammed it a few times in February but forgot to review it. I’ll slide it into the catch up post. A modern r&b and rhythmic sound that is fun and energetic with a touch of hip-hop. I can hear a lot of auto tuning and pitch correcting in his vocals so it raises the question of whether he can sing live or not. Either way a decent writing job and complimenting production. In the end there are more positives than negatives and it’s worth the listen.
Score 6 of 10
Ginette Claudette – Tainted Emotions 2/25/14
With her debut album and New York based singer/song writer made a pop/r&b album that sounds like top forty radio. I don’t think she truly has the top forty hits that will break the mold but the foundation is there. A feature from rising star Rico Love and production that is what you would expect from an urban-pop artist. The album flows and stays in its lane never taking a creative left turn. The album is fair and average. I was looking forward to some risk but honestly pop has never been about taking risk.
Score – 6 of 10
Russian Red – Agent Cooper 2/25/14
The Spain born indie/folk/pop singer releases her highly anticipated third album and for my outside pick I’m personally head of heels for this odd little Spanish fly. Her innovative sound and lyrics are definitely something you have to have an open mind to grasp, but if you need something outside of the box, here’s a good place to start.
Score – 7 of 10
Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon (EP) 2/25/14
The electronic sounds of Major Lazer return with an EP featuring guest vocals from Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul and more. If your familiar with the electric music project that is Major Lazer then you know there similar to a modern version of Daft Punk. They have they’re own sound and everything they release is entertaining. If nothing else you have to hear the track with Pharrell.
Score – 7
Erik Hassle – Somebody’s Party (EP) – 2/28/14
What an amazing display of art from this Swedish pop star on the rise. An alternative r&b and soulful sound that sounds to me like he’s heavily influenced by Prince. A short project of just 6 sounds but this is an injection you won’t regret. I look forward to his first full-length album in hopes that he continues to impress and innovate.
Score – 8 of 10
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