BROCKHAMPTON Have Announced The Release Date For Their Final Album “SATURATION III”


It’s been an incredible year for rising Hip Hop collective BROCKHAMPTON. The self-proclaimed “Boy Band” have released two astonishing albums this year as part of their SATURATION trilogy, and now they have announced the release date for the final installment SATURATION III. It will be released on December 15th. The band have posted on their official Twitter a photo of what looks like the album cover along with a label that reads “The last studio album by BROCKHAMPTON.”


Album Review: Björk – Utopia


Artist: Björk

Album: Utopia 

Genre: Ambient/Experimental/Electronic

Rating: 8.5/10

On her last album Vulnicura, Björk’s vulnerability was apparent. It was a gut-wrenching break-up album that spawned some of her darkest and most heartbreaking songs. Her personal despair was revealing but no less enthralling, but now her new effort is sort of an update on her state. She has found her own personal Utopia. Appropriately titled Utopia, the Icelandic superstar is now in a place of paradise. Paradise that was molded by her resilience. In this Utopian paradise we are offered brilliantly sprawled flute choirs, heavenly harps, and Arca’s explosive production that sporadically erupts at the most unpredictable moments, adding chaotic but necessary contrast to the lighter moments. Björk’s lyrics are filled with love, but it is love that leaves her unsure. Love that leaves her frantic, and it is a reflection of the internet age we live in and how it plays a role in young love or lust. The track Courtship reflects on dating websites and how superficial sites like these can be. “He turned me down, I then downturned another, who then downturned her” Björk sings detailing the world of dating sites like Tinder. The album’s second track Blissing Me tells the tale of two young people who fall in love through a mutual taste in music. They send each other music and talk for hours about their similar tastes, but then Björk playing the role of one of these so-called lovers wonders if she’s in love with this man or his music. Does she really love him? Or is she just in love with the idea of being in love? Moments like these explore and expose the many complexities people may face in relationships, but while these moments keep the listener grounded and down to earth, the listener is also taken on a journey through Björk’s Utopia. The title track invites us to a nature filled place surrounded with bird calls and flutes. This is a peaceful place but something is poisoning the air and damaging her serenity. Whether or not this is a metaphor for her past relationship is unclear, but it is a gorgeous moment on the album, but I dare you to find a moment on this album that isn’t gorgeous or captivating. Everything from the production to her thoughtful lyrics of love and overcoming the past are all packaged perfectly, and it’s astonishing that she still has the power to soften even the toughest of hearts. After the explorations of love, her resilience, and even the personification of music on the track SaintBjörk ends the album on a positive note with Future Forever. “Imagine a future, and be in it,” she sings while urging us to always look forward and to strive to make this world a better place. If you’re not already there, you too can find your own personal Utopia.


Written By: Steven Sandoval 

Date: November 25, 2017

Album Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland


Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 

Album: Polygondwanaland

Genre: Progressive Rock/Psychedelic Rock

Rating: 7.5/10

Very few bands would set a goal to release five albums in one year like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard has. Then again very few bands are like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Okay, no one is like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, but what seemed like a flat out crazy idea is turning out to be the most sane idea for the Australia based band. Why wouldn’t they release five albums in one year? Even if these albums were flops it’s still astonishing that in between touring these guys are able to create five albums worth of material in one year. Do these guys ever go home? Do they sleep? Maybe they truly are magical entities like their name suggests.

The band’s fourth album of the year Polygondwanaland is another victory. It’s as Psychedelic, Prog heavy, and bizarre as we want our Gizz to be. Though it may not be as hypnotizing as their first album of the year Flying Microtonal Banana, or as conceptual as the following album Murder of The Universe, it still has that sense of zany psychedelia with much focus and dedication. The balls out jam sessions of elevator music on LSD that were present on their previous and third album of the year Sketches Of Brunswick East force their way into Polygondwanaland, but this time around they demand our attention instead of humbly providing music for background. Along with lead singer Stu Mackenzie’s usual otherworldly lyrical content that for the most part was absent on that previous record is back in full force and is more cryptic than ever. What exactly is the crumbling castle he speaks of on the opening track Crumbling Castle, a ten minute odyssey that can be in the running for best Prog Rock song of the year. Whatever he’s going on about he definitely adds narrative to this other dimension the instrumentation puts us in, and from there on the bulk of the songs all run together with very little room to breathe, and it’s pulled off effortlessly.

This album may not be as obnoxious or hallucinogenic as some of their previous work, but it solidifies the band’s leading status in the world of Prog Rock. We’re less than two months away from the end of 2017, and the band has one more album to release to make good on their promise. Can they do it? There’s no doubt in my mind.


Written By: Steven Sandoval

Date: November 17, 2017


A Perfect Circle Share New Music Video For “The Doomed”

Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of A Perfect Circle

These past couple of months have been a treat for fans of A Perfect Circle, (unless you were one of the concertgoers who got kicked out for taking a photo at one of their shows) the band have embarked on a new tour, and they’ve recently released a brand new song titled The Doomed. The band have now released a brand new music video to accompany it. Watch the video below:

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Announce New Album “Polygondwanaland”


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are two albums away from accomplishing their goal to release five albums in one year, and the band have unveiled the title and release date of album number 4. It’s titled Polygondwanaland and it will be released for free this Friday. That’s right, free. Check out the cover art below:



Check out out their newest track Crumbling Castle:

Eminem Teams Up With Beyoncé on New Track “Walk On Water”


There has been much speculation about a possible new Eminem album. With cryptic posts from the rapper which look like ads for a new album titled Revival, and the just released new track Walk On Water featuring Beyoncé, a new album seems imminent. Check out the track below:

Björk Reveals Tracklist for Upcoming Album “Utopia”


Björk’s follow-up to Vulnicura will be released on November 24th, and she has finally revealed the tracklist. The album was produced by Arca, who co-produced her previous album. The album will feature the previously released single The Gate. Check out the tracklist below:

Utopia Tracklist:

1. Arisen My Senses

2. Blissing Me

3. The Gate

4. Utopia

5. Body Memory

6. Features Creatures

7. Courtship

8. Loss

9. Sue Me

10. Tabula Rasa

11. Claimstaker

12. Paradisa

13. Saint

14. Future Forever





Worst to Best: Atmosphere


Hip Hop, it’s stronger than ever. It’s ruling the airwaves and even inspiring many Pop stars to incorporate elements of the beloved genre in their music, and if you shovel out all of the Trap band wagoners you’ll find a great deal of young rappers who can actually flow, and who are also pushing the genre to the next level with their fearless experimentations. Whether it be Vince Staples’ dig into Industrial-tinged abrasion, or Kendrick Lamar’s thematic grandiosity, Hip Hop remains one of the most forward thinking genres in the music world, but let’s not forget the class of Hip Hop artists who pushed the boundaries in Hip Hop way before the new school. In the early 2000’s mainstream Hip Hop was in a shameful place. Forgettable rappers were producing club anthems and were more concerned with making Rap to party to versus Rap with substance, but an alternative to this was the no bullshit world of Underground Hip Hop. You had artists like Aesop Rock and El-P from the Def Jux label who carried that MC spirit while producing challenging non-traditional Hip Hop that turned many Hip Hop purists off, you had West Coast crews like Hieroglyphics and Living Legends, and you had Rhymesayers Entertainment, a record label that was founded in the most unlikely place for Hip Hop, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Among the founders of this label were the now legendary Atmosphere. Later becoming more well-known as a duo after their formation, the group became one of the leading forces in Underground Hip Hop due to MC Slug’s impeccable barfests and producer Ant’s simple but enigmatic Boom Bap production that featured diverse samples from old Soul music to old Horror movie soundtracks. What really separated them from their peers was Slug’s shocking sense of introspection and his fearlessness to get personal, and my God does he get personal, his knack to be an open book lead many music critics to label them Emo Rap, but we all know that’s a ridiculous term. Slug just wears his heart on his sleeve. He was often self-deprecating yes, but he could also fuck you up on the mic. Here we are now 20 years after the release of their debut album, and the group continues to have a devoted following and have cemented themselves as icons in the world of Hip Hop.


With this list I will be ranking all of the group’s full-length studio albums from worst to best. This list will not include any of the Sad Clown releases, EP’s or the Headshots tapes, although those are definitely worth checking out.


9. The Family Sign

Following the incredible When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold, the group were pretty much stuck in the same headspace on their follow-up The Family Sign. Slug’s vivid storytelling and the use of live instrumentation that was perfectly executed on that previous album carried over onto this album but the delivery was less effective this time around. The stories of terrible men feel overdramatic and Slug’s voice doesn’t carry that usual fire on this record. This album feels like a compilation of throw away tracks that didn’t make the cut on When Life Gives You Lemons, and it feels like a failed attempt to branch out of Hip Hop.


8. Southsiders

This album was sort of a return to form for the group. Going back to the MC and producer dynamic, this album featured the group’s most Hip Hop-centric music in years, but unfortunately the delivery is quite stale. Slug’s storytelling is tired at this point, and Ant’s production just doesn’t carry that same foot tapping groove it used to on this album.


7. Fishing Blues

The group’s second attempt to go back to basics following Southsiders was a lot more successful this time around. This is a straightforward Hip Hop album that even had an impressive list of features including Aesop Rock, MF Doom, and The Grouch, but it’s hard not hearing this album as something coming from two middle-aged guys trying to recreate what made them so compelling in the first place, but hey, it’s nice hearing that fire in Slug’s voice again.


6. Seven’s Travels

The group’s follow-up to the highly successful God Loves Ugly was underwhelming compared to it’s monster of a predecessor, but it definitely showcased the talent the group has and their desire to really push their sound to the next level. With experimental interludes that redefined the term Alternative Hip Hop, the group brought a Rock edge to the table with guitar work provided by Nate Collis, and this was fitting seeing as how this album was released on the Punk label Epitah. This album might have been a better release if some of the fat was trimmed off, the second half falters a bit with the exception of the heartfelt ode to their hometown Always Coming Back Home To You, but their are some strong gems on this album like Trying To Find A Balance, Lifter Puller, and the speaker blowing Cats Van Bags featuring the one and only Brother Ali. Despite it’s heavy dose of filler tracks, this is an exceptional Atmosphere release.


5. When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

After years of never touring with Atmosphere, producer Ant begin to finally tour following the departure of longtime touring DJ Mr. Dibbs, and along with him came a live touring band that shined a whole new light on their songs. It wasn’t surprising that on the album that followed, When Life Gives You Lemons featured live instrumentation, and the combination of keys, guitar, heavy synths, and Ant’s beats worked beautifully. This was a whole new Atmosphere. Slug’s storytelling was cranked up and was less personal this time around, instead the MC detailed stories of average day to day people trying to make ends meat, deadbeat dads, and drug addicts. This album has it’s fair share of tear jerkers. Yesterday finds Slug reminiscing over his deceased father, and the closing track In Her Music Box comments on how early in life us people use escapism to cope. I dare you to listen to these tracks and not shed a tear.


4. Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP’s

Yeah I know, this is more of a collection of tracks from the Lucy Ford EP’s, but all the songs run together well as a whole album. This release has some of the group’s most essential tracks like Between The Lines, Guns and Cigarettes, Party For The Fight To Write, and The Woman With The Tattooed Hands. These songs were proof that Slug can really hold his own following the departure of member Spawn (now known as Rek The Heavyweight,) and it gave Slug room to really develop his lyrical style, the self-deprecating style we all love him for. The constant references to his bad luck with women, the unique storytelling, and of course the moments of braggadocio all prove that even though Spawn was an excellent member, him leaving was something that just had to happen in order for the group to develop their initial sound. This is also the only Atmosphere album that wasn’t entirely produced by Ant.


3. You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

The name says it all, the group sounds like they’re having loads of fun on this record with Slug flowing his ass off and Ant providing beatcentric banger after banger instrumentals. With lyrical content uncommon in Hip Hop with themes such as prescription drugs and panic attacks, this album separated the group from their peers. The topical and concerned lyrics backed by Ant’s solid and quite danceable production was a contrast that worked perfectly.


2. Overcast!

This was the album that started it all. It’s astonishing that this album was released 20 years ago and it still contains bars that can throw a lot of newer rapper’s bars to the ground. This is Hip Hop 101 with members Slug and Spawn flowing and flowing over Ant’s Boom Bap heavy instrumentals topped with dark and ominous samples and good ol’ DJ scratching. The inclusion of incredible rapper Beyond (now known as Musab) encapsulated the beginning stages of what was to become Indie Hip Hop’s most influential record labels. This was a time where the crew were proving to the Hip Hop world that they have an undeniable talent.


1. God Loves Ugly

Those of you who know anything about Atmosphere know that this is their most iconic album. If you want to learn what the group is all about, you go to this record. The themes of bad luck with women, depression, and heartbreak that were presented to us on Lucy Ford were translated more perfectly on God Loves Ugly. The production was more polished but didn’t lose it’s dark edge, and proved that simplicity can be even more effective than complexity. At this time Slug was well aware of the place he was in, providing not only melancholy and angry verses, but also verses about his impact on the world of undergound music. This album doesn’t get enough credit for making it okay for rappers to talk about their feelings, and whether they want to admit it or not, rappers like Drake owe a great debt to this record.


Written By: Steven Sandoval