Childish Gambino Releases Two New Summer Songs


Donald Glover A.K.A. Childish Gambino has had quite the year. The multi-talented artist sparked controversy and countless think pieces with his dense music video “This Is America,” he’s embarking on a tour in September, and a new album is most definitely on the horizon. Now, Gambino has released two brand new Summer songs titled “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer,” and they have been released under what he’s calling the “Summer Pack.” You can listen to both tracks below:

E.P. Review: HMLTD – Hate Music Last Time Delete


Artist: HMLTD 

EP: Hate Music Last Time Delete 

Genre: Synth-Pop/Art Rock/Post-Punk/Glam Rock

 Music fans have unfortunately been subjected to this ridiculous idea that “Rock is dead” from many music publications. Of course, that is completely absurd. The countless “Indie Rock” bands, “Post-Punk” bands, “Metal” bands, and “Garage Rock” bands all continue to breathe life into a vague term like “Rock.” An emerging scene that is completely enthralling and continues to disprove “Rock” naysayers is the South London scene. A scene that consists of up and coming bands such as “Goat Girl,” “Sorry,” “Hotel Lux,” the already revered “Shame,” and a unique as Hell band that goes by the name of “HMLTD.” What separates this band from their contemporaries is their huge ambition to incorporate elements of just about any damn genre that resonates with them, and like many of the greats, this leads to the band being impossible to categorize. This 6 piece band have been at it for a few years now, releasing ambitious single after ambitious single. The band have garnered a huge following of music fans who yearn to hear something new and innovative, but one question remains, and that question is “When the Hell are they going to release a full-length album?!” Well, we still don’t have a full-length, but we have been gifted a new E.P. by the band titled Hate Music Last Time Delete to satisfy our hunger. This E.P. opens with without a doubt the band’s most accessible song yet. Incorporating modern production that leans toward a “Trap” flavor, “Pictures Of You” might sound trendy on the surface with it’s catchiness and dramatic building up of the chorus, but the subject matter is far from friendly. It’s dark, but it is completely relatable in this Internet age we live in that is driven by social media. Lead singer Henry Spychalski sings from the point of view of someone addicted to pleasuring himself to photos of others on social media, and as much as this is a detailing of one’s shameful addiction, it’s also an important commentary on the loss of privacy thanks to everyone’s willingness to post photos of themselves online. Oh yeah, and if this isn’t dark enough for you, there’s also an even more disturbing music video to reflect this dark reality. The following track “Proxy Love” finds the band getting weirder but their attention to “Pop” structure keeps the band from going off into the deep end. This track is zany, it’s odd, it’s glamorous, and it features everything we’ve grown to love about the band from their previous singles. As bizarre as this track is, the “Synth-Pop” dominance and catchy vocal structures present to us how “Pop” music can have substance, and that’s one of the many reasons why this band is brilliant, their attention to catchiness. Their fearlessness to create a catchy chorus even after their descent into musical madness is immensely impressive. The following tracks “Mannequin” and “Apple of My Eye” carry a similar vibe, but this four track E.P. is far from being one-dimensional. The guitar riffs are very reflective of “Post-Punk.” The synth lines are laden with 80’s Glam, and the vocals heavily reflect “Goth” acts such as “Christian Death” or “Virgin Prunes.” The lyrical content doesn’t bombard the listener with hard to decipher metaphors, instead it’s blatantly obvious that these songs deal with self-love, addiction, and even the feeling of being in love with a mannequin and wishing it could do the things a living being can do (I hope Frank Zito was an inspiration.) Just four tracks in length, this E.P. proves that “HMLTD” are without a doubt the most intriguing band at the moment, and this is only the beginning of what may be a fruitful legacy.

Written By: Steven Sandoval 

Date: 07/07/18


HMLTD Release New Song “Proxy Love”


UK band “HMLTD” will release their debut E.P. Hate Music Last Time Delete on July 6th, and following their stunning lead single “Pictures of You,” the band have released another track off the E.P. titled “Proxy Love.” The dance ready “Synth-Pop” heavy track is an infectious anthem about loving yourself, and it is addictive. There is also a fantastic music video to accompany it. You can watch the video below:

Gorillaz Team Up With Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle on New Track “Hollywood”


Gorillaz will release their new album The Now Now next week, and the animated band have dropped quite a bit of singles promoting the album. Now they have released yet another track off the upcoming album, and this one features Snoop Dogg and “House” producer Jamie Principle. You can watch the video for the new track “Hollywood” below:


Gorillaz Release New Track “Sorcererz”


It was announced last week that Gorillaz will release a new album titled The Now Now on June 29th. Following their previously released tracks “Humility” and “Lake Zurich,” the band have released another new track off the album titled “Sorcererz.” You can listen to the track below:

HMLTD Announce New E.P. and Share Music Video for New Track “Pictures Of You”


After a string of incredible singles that pushed the boundaries of Post-Punk, Art Rock, Experimental Music, Pop, Art Pop, Electronic Music, and whatever the Hell else they feel like making, South London band “HMLTD” have garnered quite the following, a following of fans who have patiently waited for a full-length album. Well, we won’t be getting a full-length just yet, but the band will release a five track E.P. titled Hate Music Last Time Delete on July 6th. The band have also released a new track off the upcoming E.P. titled “Pictures Of You,” and it’s also got a pretty disturbing music video to accompany it. You can watch the video below:

The Internet Share Details Of Upcoming Album “Hive Mind”


The Internet’s long awaited follow-up to their 2015 album Ego Death will be released on July 20th, and it is titled Hive Mind. The band have also unveiled the cover art, and have released a new track off the album titled “Come Over.” Check out the track and the album’s cover art below:

Hive Mind Cover Art:


Come Over:

Album Review: Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer


Artist: Janelle Monáe 

Album: Dirty Computer 

Genre: Pop/R&B/Soul

Rating: 10/10

Self-acceptance is unfortunately a difficult thing to gain for a lot of people. Especially if aspects of your true self go against the grain or are primarily frowned upon by the general public. If you don’t conform to societal norms then you’re unfortunately going to be subjected to ridicule, alienation, and even cruelty. To avoid these things a lot of people conform to social norms and abandon things that make them unique or individualistic. It’s unfortunate but it’s reality. It is immensely admirable and commendable when someone truly accepts who they are regardless of the fact that they will be placed in the minority. A beautiful thing that occurs among people in this minority though is unity, and a beautiful way to express any frustration or self-acceptance is art, and what is the most universal form of art? Music, of course. Some of the best musicians fearlessly touch on subjects considered to be taboo, or make powerful statements of individualism. It’s been happening since the dawn of music, which makes music the art form that is truly ahead of the curve. We still have plenty of artists that push the boundaries today, and one of them is an admirable woman named Janelle Monáe.


Janelle Monáe does it all. She’s an actress, a model, a producer, and a musician. A very intriguing musician who has been making music as far back as 2003. Those of you familiar with her know that she is an uncompromising, unsparing, and fearless artist who proudly speaks for people who have had to deal with hardships such as African Americans, homosexuals, and women. Her music has featured some of these themes in the past, and they were quite impactful, but the main focus was a cinematic concept dubbed the Metropolis Conceptual Series. This series focused on a fictional android named Cindi Mayweather. Mayweather ends up falling in love with a human, and is then sentenced to disassembly. This concept spanned one EP and two full-length albums. Now, her new album Dirty Computer departs from this series, and is a lot more personal featuring very relevant topics. Dirty Computer, as she explained in a recent interview is the idea that we’re all computers. We upload, we download, we share information back and forth, and with every computer comes bugs and viruses. Now are those negatives or positives? With this album she wanted to have a conversation with us as human beings about what it means to tell someone that the way that they’re programmed is a flaw, that they need to conform and be reprogrammed. With a name like Dirty Computer, she continues to pay tribute to her love for Sci-Fi, but this is the most human album she has ever created. It is a powerful statement of self-acceptance. It celebrates sexuality, race, and gender of all forms, and even though she is speaking from the perspective of a pansexual African American woman, it’s still easy for anyone to relate to her. Everyone of all backgrounds is invited to this celebration.

The album can be broken down to three parts. The first part is a fearless statement of individualism. With tracks like “Crazy, Classic, Life,” and “Take a Byte,” Monae expresses her desire to live life on her own terms and in doing so she encourages us all to not be ashamed of our personal desires, and with immaculate production rich with Funk bass, lush Synth-Pop influenced synths, and even some Trap percussion Monáe provides beautiful and powerful vocals. She even raps a bit with infectious swagger. “We gave you life, we gave you birth, we gave you God, we gave you earth, we fem the future, don’t make it worse,” Monáe flows as she speaks for feminism and kicks it’s detractors in their teeth on the all rapped “Django Jane.” Female empowerment is a major theme on this album, and that theme is celebrated head-on on the track “Pynk.” Featuring Grimes, this track is a smooth Pop anthem that celebrates the beauty of women, and the term “Pynk” comes from….well… you get the picture.

The influence that is obvious on this album is without a doubt the artistic and androgynous nature of David Bowie, and of course… Prince. His influence is definitely heard on the track “Make Me Feel” with it’s sexed-up fun and catchy as Hell chorus, and apparently the man himself provided the bouncy synth line that screams his signature sound. It turns out that Prince was actually working with Monáe on this album before he passed away, and Monáe definitely honored him with this track.

The second part of the album finds a more vulnerable Monáe. It represents the fear that comes with being different from the norm. No matter how proud you are about yourself, it is a scary world filled with people who don’t take to people outside of the norm kindly. The track “Don’t Judge Me” on the surface sounds like Monáe is singing to a lover, but this track can strongly be interpreted as a letter to her fans and the media asking them to accept her for who she is. She hasn’t always been vocal about her personal life. It wasn’t until recently that she came out as pansexual, and up until now the grandiose concept on her previous albums overshadowed any personal content. With a line like “Even though you tell me you love me, i’m afraid you just love my disguise,” it’s almost as if she’s telling the world “This is who I really am.” Backed by gorgeous string arrangements, this is one of the most melodic and powerful moments on the album. The track “So Afraid” carries a similar tone, but this one is gut-wrenching. Monáe pours her heart out as she expresses how scary it can be having the feelings she has regardless of how self-accepting she is. With this feeling comes uncomfortability and at times it feels like she can’t prevail. Though she has made peace with herself, she still has to fight any self-doubt that comes her way, and that is something we can all relate to. The final part of the album is the closing track “Americans.” This ends the album on a more upbeat note musically, but the lyrical content satirizes the racist and homophobic nature of America. “I like my woman in the kitchen. I teach my children superstitions. I keep two guns on my blue nightstand. A pretty young thing, she can wash my clothes, but she’ll never ever wear my pants,” Monáe sings as she smoothly glides through this reflection of Americas corrupt values, but with this detailing of the negatives, she also displays the positives in which she expresses how this country is her home and instead of running away, she’s determined to stay here and put her life on the line to better this country and rid it of it’s ignorance and hatred. It’s an uplifting end to an important album. Even though this album doesn’t feature a blatant concept like it’s predecessors, it still has a cinematic vibe to it, but this time it features an unfiltered and honest Janelle Monáe, and in the world of Pop music, a world that for the most part produces spineless and shallow material, Janelle Monáe is a Godsend.

Oh yeah, there’s also an incredible short film to accompany this album.


Written By: Steven Sandoval

Date: 04/30/18