Goulding covers “High for This” by the Weeknd as a bonus track on Halcyon, a fitting choice due to Goulding’s own aspirations for a dark emotional album with glistening, intoxicating, and original sonics. She is successful for the most part, although never reaching the heights of the Weeknd. Ellie forms a dramatic and thought-out sophomore album that takes the listener on a somewhat depressing path through a glorious soundscape.
Steven Ellison has been in the game for a few years now, and at a damn good time for his take on jazz-meets-electronica sounds as Electronic music is welcomed more and more by the mainstream. Rich and warm, full of deep vibrations and unique textures and structures, Until the Quiet Comes is another strong LP by Flying Lotus.
Stevie Wonder’s 1973 album Innervisions is one of his many masterpieces from an extensive and impressive collection. Funk, Pop, and R&B all take turns at center stage. Michael Jackson and Prince both have Stevie Wonder to thank as a clear inspiration. To this day almost any artist in r&b will reference Stevie Wonder as an influence.
Charli XCX has gained massive attention in a short period of time for her ability to right a perfect pop song. The hooks are always catchy, simple, and direct. Her music is not Britney Spears though by any means. Instead, Charli XCX has filled the sonic palette between vocals with crunchy gothic electronic pop sounds.
The hipster favorite, “212” has found it’s way into the mainstream, but Banks is thirsty for more than just a one-off. She continues to slap her listeners with fresh production and a never-ending stream of thought that leads to the belief that this girl’s brain never stops going. Banks soundtracks a hot Saturday night with 1991, but will be back soon to take over the summer with her mixtape Fantastic.