A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service review

A Tribe Called Quest are one of the pillars of 1990s hip hop, with hits such as ‘Electric Relaxation’, ‘Award Tour’ and, perhaps their biggest crossover, ‘Can I Kick It?’. Work on this album, Quest’s first album in 18 years, and their final, had been underway when member Phife Dawg passed away on March 22, 2016.

This loss shook the world of music, and, understandably, the remaining Quest members – Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White – are still coming to terms with it. However, in Q-Tip’s words, armed with Dawg’s “blueprint of what we had to do”, the Quest members reformed, tapped up old friends, such as Busta Rhymes, as well as the likes of Talib Kweli, André 3000, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson Paak, and have delivered a sublime hip hop buffet. Continue reading

Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness review

Izzy Bizu, press photo 2015 (2880x1620)Izzy Bizu’s debut album is a party. A party with plenty of liquid punch, your favourite selection of synthetic snacks and few real surprises. It’s like a made-for-radio tour through pop albums of the last two decades: a dollop of Jess Glynne, a pinch of Little Mix, a squeeze of Jamelia and just a hint of Little Jackie. But, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in sheer sun-glazed pick-‘n’-mix pop. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Janelle Monáe & Jidenna – Yoga

Janelle Monáe & Jidenna - Yoga, single artwork (1400x788)Progressive-agent-of-equality-cum-band-leading-music-CEO, Janelle Monáe has come good with the new material she’s championed so far from her fellow Wondaland Records artists. Jidenna’s ‘Classic Man’ was a Drake-like club appetiser that set Wondaland’s men and women of elegance away from contemporary hip hop tropes. ‘Yoga’, the new track from Janelle Monáe & Jidenna, is equally as stylish. It bears a groove that you might expect from a Beyoncé or Rihanna track, spliced with Monáe’s encouragements of “baby, bend over”. It’s a steamy, beautifully direct pop anthem from an artist who appears to be having a tonne of fun with her creative power. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Jidenna – Classic Man (ft. Roman GianArthur)

Jidenna - Classic Man, single, 959x539 croppedEarlier this month, the genre-bending queen of pop for the discerning music fan, Janelle Monáe, revealed plans to unleash her Wondaland Art Society, the fellow artists and songwriters she’s collaborated with on her first two studio albums (which are among the finest records of the current decade), upon the Earth. Through a partnership with Epic, Wondaland Records is fostering and releasing music from Monáe’s close-knit inner circle. A compilation is due in May featuring music from all five of Wondaland’s current roster, including Monáe herself, who will debut ‘Yoga’. Continue reading