Album reviews

Album reviews

DRUGDEALER: RAW HONEY

April 20th, 2019

He's not hiding his feelings and talents here, or those of his merry band of collaborators, and before long, you just might find yourself hooked. He's got the good stuff.

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HARLEY AND THE HUMMINGBIRDS: FUTURE SUPERSTAR

March 8th, 2019

Harley and the Hummingbirds' Harley Hill-Richmond has been lovingly and quietly (too quietly!) crafting classically heartfelt 60s and 70s style pop songs in bedrooms around the globe, from his native swingin' London to a stint in Tokyo, but it's here in the warm and smoggy embrace of Los Angeles that he has released what just may be his magnum opus.

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LUCILLE FURS: ANOTHER LAND

February 28th, 2019

This album is guaranteed to leave you groovier than you were before you found it, and maybe even a little bit smarter, too.

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FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS: ZAM (PLUS ALBUM PREMIERE!)

February 25th, 2019

Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ output has run from ‘60s garage- and psych-inspired material to fuzzed-out music with a punky edge—stuff that bears a strong resemblance to contemporary L.A. garage-punk zeitgeist bands like Oh Sees (reviewed here) and Wand (reviewed here). But ZAM is a dramatic—though natural—evolution.

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RAS_G AND THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM: DANCE OF THE COSMOS

February 15th, 2019

When it comes to L.A.’s “beat” scene, few figures are as influential as Ras G. While contemporaries like Flying Lotus may have wider name recognition, Ras G has been releasing music since 2005 and helping to grow L.A. beats from a local strain of Dilla-fied boom bap to a progressive musical movement known for punishing subwoofers worldwide. But on Dance of the Cosmos, Ras G turns away from the beats he’s known for and dives headfirst into the world of house music.

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MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE: HERITAGE

February 13th, 2019

The standout is ‘Akatombo,’ if only because it’s the only solo piano song on the record. That qualifier does this stellar composition a disservice—it is breathtaking. It turns on gospel harmonies and crescendoing then abating force. The figure from :51-:57 is a tears-on-impact moment, a gut-punching, ear twisting series of chords that resolve so satisfyingly one could listen to just this for an entire evening.