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Alternative | Soul | R&B

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Disclaimer

Seen as this is my first EP review of the year, I thought it best to address how I would slightly tweak my verdicts towards EP’s, in comparison to my typical album review. Last year, I kind of felt like I scored EPs unfairly, and subconsciously capped the out of ten score at 8, in the case of EPs, due to their shorter runtime. …


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Alternative Rock | Post-Punk | Noise Rock

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My first exposure to south London-based alternative rock band shame, was with their debut album Songs of Praise. That album also happened to be the second album I had ever reviewed fully, upon its release in January of 2018. Three years later, we have the sophomore shame project, titled Drunk Tank Pink.

Starting this review off with a step back into early 2018, and Songs of Praise was an album whose sense of atmosphere had me appreciating that project highly, as the kind that sharpened my hopes for the coming spring, mainly thanks to tracks like “Concrete”, “One Rizla”, and “Tasteless”. …


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It’s fair to say that the effects of lockdown, especially the initial worldwide cluster, had shook up everybody’s everyday lives on a tremendous scale. For many of us, lockdown has hindered our sense of creativity and productivity. However, lockdown seems to have served as a better time than ever, for people to pursue that one thing that always been at the back of their mind, but perhaps they’ve never had time for until now. …


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Electropop | Hip-Hop | Indie Pop

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There were many fantastic artists that I fully got into in 2020, especially when it comes to female solo artists. But one that I hadn’t mentioned up until now, was the North Carolina singer/songwriter, known as Ashnikko.

Ashnikko was close to someone that I wanted to end up reviewing, at least for my Last Minute Reviews Week of 2020; that is until I found out that her debut mixtape wouldn’t be arriving until early 2021.

With this Friday just gone, that time has finally arrived, and I had the chance to fully dive into Ashnikko’s music, through that aforementioned debut mixtape, DEMIDEVIL. …


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R&B | Soul

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Ignoring the fact that it took me another trip to the new releases page on Album Of The Year, Heaux Tales was a project that I’ve seen appear slightly often during my typical music browsing.

Besides which, my skim over of this album promised what seemed like a very soulful experience. Add to that the inclusion of Anderson .Paak on one of its tracks, and that seemed like enough to persuade me.

Heaux Tales is the fourth studio album from American singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, who I was introduced to through the discovery of this album. That said, I wasn’t instantly sure as to what I could expect. However, by the looks of it, Heaux Tales came across as an album with narrative at the forefront. With a total of 6 interludes (almost one between every full song this album has), that definitely seemed to be the case. …


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Alternative | Rock | Electronic

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While my decision to review the sophomore album from Swedish post-punk band Viagra Boys, primarily came as a result of me browsing the new releases on Album of the Year, I had still heard the name of the band floating around enough for my focus to instantly be on them.

While the name of Viagra Boys seemed familiar to me, I was pretty much clueless as to what they sounded like exactly going into this. But upon venturing into Welfare Jazz, and giving the album my typical skim-through, I was easily able to pinpoint the realm of which this album stylistically borrows from. However, the slightly more adventurous path that Viagra Boys take, in comparison to their 2018 debut Street Worms, begins to solidify a belief that is growing within me. …


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Psychedelic Rock | Indie Rock

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In an effort to surpass even the amount of music reviews I had created over 2020, I decided to create a pledge of sorts, where in the case that I don’t have a project to review, I will actively find one.

With my review for the amazing Bob’s Son done and dusted, I had the time to seek out more projects through Album Of The Year, and their new releases page.

Sifting through the cluster of projects that had already been released in 2021, it still didn’t take me to long to discover this project from a band called In The Pines, in which all I had to go off of was the intriguing and eye-catching album cover that it has. …


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Hip-Hop | Alternative Hip-Hop | Poetry

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Rory Allen Phillip Ferreira is a very colourful character indeed, not to mention an incredible wordsmith. Having created music under a multitude of different names, such as his former title Milo, and as part of Nostrum Grocers, my first exposure to this talented individual was when he had released his sophomore album, Sovereign Nose Of Your Arrogant Face, the first album I had listened to in 2018, and also the very first album ever that I wrote a review on.

I enjoyed that album, mainly for its sense of abstraction and artfulness, that felt especially clear in the production that album carried, along with its swarve sense of luxury that really immersed me into Rory’s interlinked musical world. …


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Hip Hop | Trap

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Ever since the release, and critical acclaim of Playboi Carti’s 2018 album Die Lit, fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the rappers follow-up project.

Formerly dubbed with the titled Red, what we know know as Whole Lotta Red was an album that Carti had been working on since late 2018. And with this album serving as another collaboration between Carti and his go-to producer Pi’erre Bourne, fans of Playboi Carti, as well as myself were indeed excited.

I personally discovered Carti through his song “Magnolia” found on his debut self-titled mixtape, and it served as one of the earliest examples I can remember, of a song that both fit into the categorisation of mumble-rap, and one that I unironically enjoyed. This track later persuaded me to explore Die Lit a bit more, and once again, I found myself liking a good selection of tracks on there. …


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The best and worst of 2020’s other musical tidbits

We have now arrived at the final article for List Week, and furthermore, my final music article of 2020. And while, throughout list week, I have covered my top albums, EPs, and singles, what about everything else? What about my favourite music video and album cover? What about my least favourite song and least favourite album? What’s in store for 2021? All of this, and more, will be covered in today’s article.

The way I was aiming to go through all of the other musical bits 0f 2020, is to simply go over them one by one. That being said, I felt that after structuring this article, I haven’t left any stones unturned. But if there was something I haven’t covered which you’re still curious about, please feel free to let me know. …

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Joe Boothby

My articles mainly revolve around music reviews and analysis. A bit like Anthony Fantano, but just a decade behind.

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