【review/rate】yackle / frank throw

released 2019, air the room. Yuuki Yamaguchi makes a splash with his first full length album under his DJ alias "Yackle". One can't help but be impressed at the level of technical prowess at work here, especially once you learn that Yackle is only 18 years old! "Frank Throw" is chock full of features from... Continue Reading →

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【review/rate】the novembers / angels

released 2019, magniph. After releasing a track from this album every week or so, The Novembers' seventh full album is unleashed in full today, a stunning darkwave tinged rock affair smothered in shades of Nine Inch Nails, Meat Beat Manifesto and more. While there aren't too many new songs if you were listening to each... Continue Reading →

【mini-rate】tennyson / different water

released 2019, independent. Tennyson's 'Different Water' ushers in the springtime with soothing melodies, spellbinding beats and exotic soundscapes reminiscent of Shugo Tokumaru's eccentricity. Intro track 'Streamer Nichome' is glorious, minimalist meets ambient dub in 'Melonpan', while 'Wintersleep' melds lullaby like vocals with a folk acoustic arrangement that soars like a flock migration. It's all very... Continue Reading →

【review】tofubeats / plastic love

released 2019, warner music japan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I hate that I forgot this was coming out (I even announced it, get it together Manabu!), but at last, the tofubeats cover of the sensational Mariya Takeuchi track from '84 has landed in my Apple Music library. What is there to say about a song that practically the... Continue Reading →

【old, but gold】iyla / war+raindrops

released 2018, 3T entertainment. I was practically in full on hype mode for Mariah's fantastic "Caution" last fall, that it was easy for me to let some great music slip through the cracks. Iyla Blue released the "War+raindrops" EP back in October of 2018, and I've only just gotten to experience it. Magnificent is the... Continue Reading →

【review/rate】weezer / teal

released 2019, crush music. I'm normally a sucker for cover albums, but usually artists at least try to add their unique flavors to the songs they update.. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Weezer came out of nowhere with an album that plays it entirely too safe, with no real flavor amidst these cover... Continue Reading →

【review/rate】tallies / self-titled

released 2019, kanine records. Released on my 25th birthday, the debut Tallies album is remarkable, a dazzling hint of greatness and things to come from the infant band. There's no shortage of immediately memorable tracks, as the record hits you in the face with three back to back cuts (Trouble, Mother, Midnight) that don't miss... Continue Reading →

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