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Alternative & Indie - Released February 15, 2019 | Universal Records

Following their 2017 eponymous debut, MDRN LV is the sophomore LP from Irish alt-pop act Picture This. Composed of infectious vocal hooks, pummeling percussion, and huge singalong choruses, the effort marks the band's first release as a quartet. The album was preceded by the single "Everything or Nothing." ~ Rob Wacey
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 15, 2019 | Universal Records

Following their 2017 eponymous debut, MDRN LV is the sophomore LP from Irish alt-pop act Picture This. Composed of infectious vocal hooks, pummeling percussion, and huge singalong choruses, the effort marks the band's first release as a quartet. The album was preceded by the single "Everything or Nothing." ~ Rob Wacey
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Film Soundtracks - Released December 14, 2018 | Universal Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 14, 2018 | Universal Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 30, 2018 | Universal Records

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R&B - Released November 30, 2018 | Universal Records

Papa may have had a brand new bag, but when King Records wanted an LP to go with James Brown's first pop Top Ten hit, he didn't have a brand-new set of songs to go with it. So this record leads off with both sides of the single, "Part 1" and "Part 2," and then fills up the remaining 25 minutes with previously released tracks, many with a dance theme in keeping with the hit, such as "Mashed Potatoes, U.S.A." and "Doin' the Limbo." The result is a miscellaneous compilation, much of which is set at quick tempos. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released July 20, 2018 | Universal Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 18, 2018 | Universal Records

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Gone is the fedora hat and long hair, it’s a new look for James Bay, both musically and visually. After his debut album, Chaos And The Calm (2015), which included the Grammy nominated Hold Back The River, Bay has returned with his sophomore LP, titled Electric Light. However, this time around, Bay is creating something for a “bigger audience”, having been inspired by Florence & The Machine smashing the Glastonbury pyramid stage way back in 2015. The inspiration for this record does not stop there however, as the 27 year old began listening more to Prince, David Bowie, Lorde and Frank Ocean before going into the studio and creating something he could hang his fedora on. And it shows, with some more electronica influenced tracks (In My Head, Wild Love) and a hell of a lot more soul (I Found You). The lead single Pink Lemonade’s scratchy and rough guitar reminds you of a record from The Strokes, while heartfelt tracks like Us and Slide  embody the James Bay that many fans fell in love with, as his novel voice pours onto the melody. Wasted On Each Other is a dynamic pop rock number and Stand Up contains auto tuned vocals that Bon Iver would be proud of. Overall, it’s an impressively diverse second effort from Bay, who has developed his sound and evolved. © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz 
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 18, 2018 | Universal Records

Gone is the fedora hat and long hair, it’s a new look for James Bay, both musically and visually. After his debut album, Chaos And The Calm (2015), which included the Grammy nominated Hold Back The River, Bay has returned with his sophomore LP, titled Electric Light. However, this time around, Bay is creating something for a “bigger audience”, having been inspired by Florence & The Machine smashing the Glastonbury pyramid stage way back in 2015. The inspiration for this record does not stop there however, as the 27 year old began listening more to Prince, David Bowie, Lorde and Frank Ocean before going into the studio and creating something he could hang his fedora on. And it shows, with some more electronica influenced tracks (In My Head, Wild Love) and a hell of a lot more soul (I Found You). The lead single Pink Lemonade’s scratchy and rough guitar reminds you of a record from The Strokes, while heartfelt tracks like Us and Slide  embody the James Bay that many fans fell in love with, as his novel voice pours onto the melody. Wasted On Each Other is a dynamic pop rock number and Stand Up contains auto tuned vocals that Bon Iver would be proud of. Overall, it’s an impressively diverse second effort from Bay, who has developed his sound and evolved. © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz
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Pop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 4, 2018 | Universal Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 27, 2018 | Universal Records

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It’s a late christmas present from Post Malone (extremely late). Beerbongs & Bentleys has arrived 4 months after it’s original scheduled release date of December, with the artist needing more time to perfect the record. And it’s worth the wait, as the jam packed LP has a star studded line up, with Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign and G-Eazy among the featured names. It’s 18 tracks in total, including the smash hits Rockstar (alongside Kanye West’s prodigy 21 Savage) and Psycho, with the latter garnering Post his first number one single in the US. The album as a whole is Post doing what he does best, auto-tuned vocals that flow like a meandering river over wavy synths and trap 808’s. However, unlike his debut album Stoney (2016), he has added some live drums to the mix (Over Now), as well as a more acoustic track with  Stay. Tracks like Paranoid, Rich & Sad and Over Now show Malone’s vulnerability despite the money and the fame but the predominant themes of modern day Hip-Hop are evidently overriding on this LP. Post is a master of creating catchy hooks that can be listened to in any setting and after infiltrating the airwaves with his breakout tune White Iverson (2015), he hasn’t looked back since. He’s the modern day Rockstar!  © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 27, 2018 | Universal Records

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In the year and a half following his multi-platinum full-length debut, Post Malone continued his climb up the celebrity ladder, extending Stoney's success with the number one single "rockstar" and second-place follow-up "Psycho." Those tracks landed on his chart-topping second effort, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which arrived in spring 2018. With a team of producers including Louis Bell, PartyNextDoor, Scott Storch, and London on da Track, the set benefits from livelier beats and varied atmospherics, especially when he steps outside of his narcotic comfort zone. However, much like Stoney, it wears out its welcome with a bloated track list and abundance of tiresome, overly dramatic lyrics that often veer into gross and wildly misogynistic territory as Post delivers lines about "beautiful boobies," putting a woman's privates "in a motherf***ing bodybag," and his inability to "make a ho a housewife." Elsewhere, he tries to convey his swirling emotions with gravitas, yet ends up sounding like an ungrateful kid who enjoys the benefits but can't handle the work. "Paranoid," "Rich & Sad," and "Jonestown (Interlude)" are just a few peeks into this tortured soul. Half-rapping, half-singing, he laments that he "can't get no relief," convinced authorities and enemies are following him, even comparing himself to Edward Snowden at one point. He sleeps with a gun, he's lost family, friends, and lovers, and wishes all the money could buy something meaningful. Such bids for sympathy fall flat most of the time, especially considering the abundance of hedonistic odes to sex, drugs, and rap-rock & roll. "Zack and Codeine," "Takin' Shots," "rockstar," and "Same Bitches" are carefully tailored to maintain his reputation, but like his appropriated image, feel forced and disingenuous. Post fares slightly better when he sticks to simple, relatable topics like love and heartbreak. Wading through the murky gloom, a handful of standouts reveal themselves on the latter half of the album. "Otherside" and "Blame It on Me" bleed like lost Auto-Tuned ruminations from 808s & Heartbreak, while the tender acoustic number "Stay" is Post's most natural offering here. Guests like Swae Lee and Ty Dolla $ign get lost in the mix, while G-Eazy, YG, 21 Savage, and Nicki Minaj bolster Post's credibility while stealing the spotlight on their respective tracks. Beerbongs & Bentleys is an apt reflection of his lavish lifestyle and his subsequently begotten hardships, but its attempts at sincerity work only when Post Malone stops trying so hard. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2018 | Universal Records