Author Archives: Lucy White

Album Review: Yourself And The Air – Who’s Who In The Zoo

The breezy carefree ambiance of summer requires the perfect soundtrack. Thankfully, Chicago indie-rock trio Yourself And The Air return just in time, radiating atmospheric dream music through the swirling summer airways with their fourth EP, Who’s Who In The Zoo. Continue reading

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Album Review: The Weeknd – House of Balloons

R&B music has always been about sensuality. Laced with passionate melodies and aching falsettos, the genre has an intimate sex appeal that can steam up anyone’s bedroom. But when underground R&B newcomer Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd embraced this genre, romance and passion were supplanted with darker themes of dissolution, addiction, and at times, downright pain.

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New Music: Jessica 6

America’s fascination with electronic music has skyrocketed this past year. Friends who were haters of “techno” six months ago are now sporting candy to class and counting down the days to EDC. Thanks to these naïve, beat-thirsty electro-heads, mainstream dance music has become overbearingly polluted with the ear-throbbing dubstep and obnoxious computer noises from the likes of Steve Aoki and the Bloody Beetroots. So it’s a serious treat when an artist comes along who knows how to get funky. To all you ravers who actually like to dance, get your hands on the debut album of Brooklyn-based electronic trio Jessica 6, See the Light. Comprised of three former members of the disco-electro group, Hercules and the Love Affair, Jessica 6 channels that old-school retro funk that was made for grooving. Get ready to shimmy over to the dance-floor after checking out the album’s single, “Prisoner of Love.”

Jessica 6 – Prisoner of Love feat. Antony Hegarty:

New Music: We Are Enfant Terrible

The French trio, We are Enfant Terrible, are hitting the electro-pop scene with thrilling intensity. Passionate, unique, and obsessed with old-school video games, the three Lille natives are a dirty mixture of quirky awesomeness. Combining elements of electronic, indie rock, punk, and 8-bit noises, We are Enfant Terrible create a funky sound that everyone, from edgy hipster to candy raver, can vibe. The group consists of vocalist Clo Floret, Thomas Fourney on guitar, keys, and backup vocals, and drummer Cyril Debarge whose knack for producing Game-boy style music somehow seeps into every track. After the November release of their debut EP, “Thanks For The Fish,” We are Enfant Terrible immediately attracted worldwide attention. Their 8-bit crazy, sassy dance beats are simply infectious. Responding to the fever, the French trio released a pair of singles, “Wild Child” and “Flesh ‘n’ Blood Kids,” that are now being re-released on their upcoming debut, Explicit Pictures, set to drop on April 5th. Check out the video for their sexy new single, “Filthy Love” below.

We are Enfant Terrible’s “Filthy Love”:

Plus, check out their Myspace where you can download Filthy Love for FREE!

Album Review: The Electric – Life is Moving

Legendary Hip-Hop DJ and Producer, DJ Vadim, has been hard at work constructing his latest musical project, collectively named The Electric. With a resume of beat-making for names including Stevie Wonder, the Roots, Erykah Badu, and Fat Freddy’s Drop, “Daddy Vadim” has proven his musical ingenuity through his collaborations. The Russian native is also known for his remarkable ability to scout rising talent, and in the last year DJ Vadim has focused on his new brainchild, the Electric. Hand picked from opposite ends of the globe, the group consists of Chicago-based, underground Hip-Hop artist, Pugs Atmoz, and the emerging UK soulful singer/songwriter, Sabira Jade. The trio embodies an innovative fusion of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B, and electronic, giving them a totally unexplored sound. Despite the seemingly random pairing of artists, the group’s chemistry is undeniable. Continue reading

New Music: The Electric

World-renowned Hip-Hop DJ and Producer, DJ Vadim, is proud to present his latest creation: The Electric. Combining the talents of fresh underground Chicago rapper Pugs Atomz and UK singer/songwriter Sabira Jane, Vadim has created a powerful trio that is ready to show the world their diverse musical skills. The Electric’s sound is essentially Hip-Hop, but draws from other genres of Soul, R&B, and electronic. The group released their debut album, Life is Moving, on March 14th. Coupled with a spot at this year’s SXSW, the Electric’s debut is sure to establish this group in the up and coming Hip-Hop scene. Recently, the group has released a video for their single, “Beautiful.” Check out some footage here, and look out for a full Sour Grape review of their debut album:

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The Electric feat. Yarah Bravo: Beautiful

Odd Future Perform at the 2011 MTV Woodie Awards

Can it be possible that OFWGKTA, emerging on the music scene just last year with disturbingly raunchy raps, is already closing the mtvU Woodie Awards? Apparently so. Rising to the forefront of the Hip-Hop scene in the blink of an eye with a hostile takeover via online, the Odd Future gang now has the world of pop culture mesmerized. Tyler, the Creator and his cohorts stole the show, with a performance complete with ski-masks, rainbow gnomes, dancing stuffed-animals, crowd-surfing, and yes, a swagged-out midget. These LA teens sure as hell know what they’re doing. Continue reading

Album Review: Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra

Just when Sour Grape thought the undeniably talented, yet shockingly outspoken rap ensemble, OFWGKTA, was done surprising the world, the LA crew throws another curve ball our way and his name is Frank Ocean. Smooth, sexy, bright, and oh so swag, Mr. Ocean is just what the R&B world needs. With a seductive voice reminiscent of Usher, fabulous beats, and the backing of his Odd Future homies, the 23-year old Californian is the total package. Watch out Treyz Songs, Ocean’s self-released debut, Nostalgia, Ultra, is bursting with potential that is sure to bring him to the forefront of the R&B scene.

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Album Review: Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine

With the release of his second full-length album, Underneath the Pine, it seems Chazwick Bundick, better known as Toro Y Moi, has figured it all out. While it maintains the dreamy ambience featured in Bundick’s debut, Causers of This, his sophomore release adds layers of live instrumentation to give this record a more complex and organic sound.

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