Nabuma Rubberband is Little Dragon’s fourth album. It’s more slow and simmering than their previous work and emphasizes the R&B aspects of their style. I’m a little late writing a review as it was released in 2014, but upon first listening I was a bit underwhelmed. I thought, “Well they were...
Music Genre: R&B
The last few Spoon records have been uneven at best. And the last few Flaming Lips records have been utterly forgettable. So I was skeptical about a new Spoon record produced by longtime Flaming Lips producer, Dave Fridmann. But maybe I just needed to remember that Fridmann also produced the...
You first heard the soulful sound of Sam Smith when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”. Sam Smith is back with his debut album, titled In the Lonely Hour released in June of 2014. I was dazzled by Sam’s singing ability on the Disclosure track, and eagerly...
This album has a contemporary feel and sounds something like a combination of Burial and Sigur Ros with a kind of a trip hop, ambient sound, but is more accessible. The songs have an eclectic range of influences from ‘80s r&b to ethereal noise. Unlike their previous album Love...
Ritual Union is Swedish band Little Dragon’s third album. It easily falls into the category trip hop with experimental sounds, beats, and R&B like vocals. Lead singer Yukimi Nagano has an amazing range and a wandering R&B style of singing. It has feelings of R&B, hip hop, and soul,...
A bluegrass-playing friend recommended Haim to me over a year ago, but when I played one of their tracks, I was so taken aback their immediately apparent non-bluegrass sound, that I quickly stopped it in disgust. It was the musical equivalent to accidently putting anti-itch ointment on...
Great vocals. Catchy, upbeat and fun songs. R&B, Ska, Hip Hop and Soul sounds. Guest vocals from Kanye West, Cee-Lo and more. And even a sample of George Michael's "Faith." What's not to love?
Very enjoyable blend of folk and blues, and help from Neko Case doesn't hurt.
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