XY&O “What’s Love Got to Do With It”

Welsh production group XY&O returns with a brand new offering, and their first of the new year. Surprisingly, it’s a danceable rendition of Tina Turner’s classic 1984 Grammy winner and No. 1 of the same name. This rendition has got a somewhat predictable tropical vibe, but benefits from swapping Turner’s powerhouse vocals for a soft melodic…

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LOOP “As If”

Pop newcomer LOOP first caught my attention with her breakthrough offering “Looking At You”, a clap-heavy lite banger with a glazed, soaring and commanding chorus. Unfortunately, the high points of that record were equally matched by the low: it felt disjointed, weakened in particularly by uneven pacing. But this time around she’s gotten it just…

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Review: Rihanna ‘ANTI’

ANTI, the eighth studio album from Barbadian R&B and pop artist Rihanna, marked a drastic musical departure from her earlier recordings. I will admit that Rihanna, during her musical eras that were more pop structured and mainstream centric, was an artist that always had a song on the radio I could get into. But past that, her albums weren’t…

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Phantoms “Been Here Before”

Following the release of “Pulling Me In” last month, up and coming Los Angeles production duo Phantoms is back with another new track. Composed of Vincent Giovanni Pergola and Kyle Joseph Kaplan, the group is expected to release its debut full length effort sometime this year via Casablanca and Republic. New track “Been Here Before” is a brilliant, slicked…

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Review: Charli XCX ‘Sucker’

 Charli XCX easily dominated the hearts of young adults across the world in 2014 with her sassy attitude that gave pop, dance and punk artists a run for their money. Underneath her bubblegum coated vocals, she’s proved to be a strong and independent female artist. After hopping on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”…

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Ms. Williams “Fuck You Right Back”

Swedish singer Ms. Williams first made a splash on the local music scene with buzz track “Well Hello” back in 2015. Two years later and she’s finally presenting her major label debut, “Fuck You Right Back”. On ‘Back’, Ms. Williams keeps it smart and clean, offering an electric mix of radio friendly old school and retro soul….

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Review: Tame Impala ‘Currents’

Currents, the third studio album by rock group Tame Impala, was one of the few albums from 2015 that really struck a chord with me. Being a casual listener of the Australian act’s two prior albums (Innerspeaker and Lonerism), I was used to leading member Kevin Parker’s psychedelic spin on the rock and alternative genres….

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