Kali Uchis – Isolation Review

While the debut album from Colombia-American artist Kali Uchis boasts many impressive features from the likes of Tyler The Creator, Damon Albarn & Jorja Smith, it’s Kali’s vision that shines through.

The singles leading up to the album’s release, like ‘After The Storm’ and ‘Tyrant’ were all brilliant, with each of them having distinct different vibes while still showcasing Kali’s charm. This quality and variety carries through the whole project.

Standout tracks like the irresistibly groovy ‘Your Teeth In My Neck’ and the upbeat Gorillaz-esque ‘In My Dreams’ further showcase her incredible songwriting ability and just how good a performer she is.

Yet another effortless genre-hop comes in the form of the Tame Impala collab ‘Tomorrow’. There isn’t a single track that feels forced or out of place on in the tracklist. Every feature actually adds something to their track rather than just being there for the sake of it.

This debut album proves that Kali is here to stay, and we should all just embrace it.

96%

 

 

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New Release Roundup 6/4/18

Singles

Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa – One Kiss: Not as much of a banger as I had expected but it’s probably going to be called the sound of the summer. 70%

Friendly Fires – Love Like Waves: Almost too summery, this track comes across as repetitive to me but the bit at the end sounds like it’s from a Sonic the Hedgehog menu screen so I’m not really sure. The production is really nice & it’s not annoying so good job overall. 75%

Johnny Marr – The Tracers: A fairly gloomy sounding single from Mr.Marr here, with the track being more layered and introspective than his previous solo efforts. Could be a good sound for him if this is an indicator for an upcoming album. 80%

A$AP Rocky & Moby – A$AP Forever: I didn’t expect much from a new A$AP Rocky track, but ‘Forever’ is a great rap single. Confident, well delivered bars with a catchy hook and great production & a well utilised sample of Moby. nice. 85%

Ed Sheeran – Candle In The Wind: This just made me instantly angry so i’ll leave it there. 20% 

Hatchie – Sugar & Spice: Very pleasant, infectious new single from Hatchie, with verry nice vocals & great production. Excellent. 83%

Albums/EPs

Black Delta Movement – Preservation: A brilliant debut album from BDM. Opening track ‘Rome’ has echoes of The Horrors & Royal Blood, but the album as a whole is varied enough for their own personality to shine through, with tracks like ‘King Mosquito’ and ‘Deceit’ being just great rock songs. Very nice indeed. 85%

Best 3: Rome, Let The Rain Come, Ivory Shakes

The Aces – When My Heart Felt Volcanic: A full on pop-album in the veins of Paramore’s After Laughter, the debut from The Aces is an album made up of tracks that could legit all be singles. At times it gets a bit familiar with itself but overall it’s an enjoyable, fun upbeat album with very 2018 lyrics and great performances. 80%

Best 3: Stuck, Last One, Put It On The Line

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy: Compared to her big, massive budget singles like ‘Bodak Yellow’ and ‘Bartier Cardi’, most of the rest of this album feels really rushed. ‘Drip’ is a really forgettable track with the Migos feature sounding really phoned in. ‘I Like It’ is the only track that really stood out to me at all, it being a fun upbeat cut with fun features fron J Balvin and Bad Bunny. 50% 

Best 3: Bodak Yellow, I Like It, Best Life

 

SOTD 27/3/18 – Sam Evian: Health Machine

Sam Evian has song of the day with ‘Health Machine’

This single is taken from Sam’s just announced album, ‘You, Forever’ out on the 1st of June. Check out Sam’s tour dates below:

18 May – Brighton, The Great Escape
19 May – Bristol, Rough Trade
21 May – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
22 May – London, The Islington
24 May – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
25 May – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26 May – Manchester, Albert Hall (With Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deerhunter and Khruangbin)

The last song of the day was Night Flowers with ‘Hey Love’ – Check out all of the tracks from 2018 in the playlist below:

Featured Image by Josh Goleman

Venue Talk: Hookworms on Brudenell Social Club

I spoke to Leeds band Hookworms about their favourite live venue. Unsurprisingly, they chose one of their hometown’s finest, The Brudenell Social Club. Watch ‘Static Resistance’ from their latest album, Microshift below.


“Our favourite venue is the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.”

Have you ever played there?

“Yes, we played our first ever show there supporting Wooden Shjips, and we just did a weekend residency there, along with a couple of album launches and many support slots over the years.”

Who else have you seen play there?

Too many to list them all, but some personal highlights over the years have been: Lightning Bolt, Ought, Black Dice, Thee Oh Sees (in the Games Room), Superchunk, Om, The Vaselines…

Facts About The Brudenell:

  • The Social club was established December 8th, 1913
  • Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs, Four Tet and The Fall have all played at the Social Club.
  • It is a community ‘non profitmaking’ venue, that holds charitable status.
  • Photography, Film and even Origami groups meet up at the Brudenell.

The Social Club have upcoming shows from John Bramwell, Shame, The Orielles, Goat Girl and Gengahr. Visit http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on to see all of their upcoming events!