This week on April Reviews The Music News…
Friday saw the release of Migos’ much anticipated album. Culture II is the second album of that namesake, with twenty-four tracks to quench your thirst for good ol’ fashioned trap. There are a few surprises on the album, including a decidedly pop-sounding tune named Gang Gang and a touch of jazz in Too Playa. However, most of the songs are along the same lines as their 2017 album, Culture, that saw them win a Grammy. With numerous guest features, this album may not be as successful as its predecessor, but the trio from Atlanta continue to push the boundaries of their sound throughout the record.
After making his comeback in 2015, Craig David has released his seventh album entitled The Time is Now. Many have been critical of the album as it deviates from the genre he was so instrumental in popularising. He unabashedly talks of his social media successes in For the Gram and turns to the dark side, using distinctive pieces of other artists’ songs in Magic and Going On. However, there are some great tunes on the album, so don’t let me or any other critic put you off giving it a go.
And in indie music news…
Raye Zaragoza recently released the video for her latest single American Dream. In it she criticises the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump and lack of press coverage about Standing Rock. The multi-cultural artist has gained popularity through her political and social stances on many pressing issues, and is on her way to becoming an influential person. For more information check out her Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
MIEN, a group made up of members from The Black Angels, The Horrors, Elephant Stone & The Earlies, who have just released their single called Black Habit. It’s our first taste of their upcoming, self-titled LP due out on the 6th of April. Their sound is a mixture of eighties industrial style, with a dash of George Harrison and Conny Plank. You can listen to their music on Soundcloud and Spotify. Find out more through their Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Di is another artist who speaks her mind. In her latest single Fake News, she questions Trump’s influence on the media, likening his time as leader of the free world to a strange experimental dystopia. With friends like Eminem and Stormzy, you can bet this artist will have a lot to say. You can visit her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud for more information.
With artists like David Bowie, The Clash and The Rolling Stones as key influences, Micky James’ music is a blast from the past. Using a dash pop and a ton of glam rock, James takes his experience of touring with a band and incorporates it into his solo act. Give it to Me Straight is his latest release which fuses his love of sixties and seventies rock with modern pop sensibilities. You can find out more by visiting his Facebook. Twitter and Instagram. Check out his tunes on Soundcloud.
Last, but certainly not least, is solo act Strangeness in Proportion. After his band fell apart, Sean Cahalin decided to try his hand at singing, as his music relies heavily on lyrics. His debut, self-titled album is an eclectic mixture of acoustic and punk, making for an interesting listen. For more information on the artist you can visit his Tumblr and Facebook. Listen to his music on YouTube and Soundcloud.