As temperatures fall and pumpkin spice, and everything nice slowly makes its way back into season, you may find a few playlists in need of a serious update. These 5 albums are perfect for starting the month off right, tapping into your newly discovered or vibe-fitting playlists.
JAGUAR II – Victoria Monét
In the second installment of JAGUAR, Victoria Monét blesses us with her glory once again. Receiving praise from fellow artists and fans, JAGUAR II has also raised the limits of artistry and creativity. Victoria Monét has set her own standard for music and sound with a distinct feature of horns and jazz accompanists. “On My Mama” has already gone viral, capturing the attention of TikTok and Instagram reel users. After one brief listen, it was understood from the iconic sampled use of “I Look Good” by Chalie Boy. With it, Monét released an iconic music video, putting the vision of the song into a visual sensation. “Hollywood” taps in with the help of Motown trailblazers, Earth Wind, & Fire. The song is easygoing and radiates good energy and life, from the angelic vocal blends to the strings mimicking the rise and fall of sound. JAGUAR II is nothing short of a musical masterpiece and demands attention from all aspects of music. See the music video for “On My Mama” and check out more of Victoria on her website.
My Love is Sick – Madds Buckley
With a spurt of alternative folk and rock notes, Madds Buckley presents My Love is Sick with angst, love, and longing. Her newest album is full of self-discovery, heartfelt notions, and an overall lyrical journey. The passion seeps from her voice, giving life to the many emotions that are found within the album, My Love is Sick. The track, “My Love is Sick,” is a flurry of metaphorical language, comparing her love to being messy and contagious like a cold. It’s beautiful all together, as Buckley confesses among the indie rock backdrop.
While the vast majority of these songs are not about me directly, they still carry the pain, the fear, and the joy that’s come with accepting myself as I am 23 years in; a queer person learning to love.
~ Madds Buckley
“Anything, Anything, Anything” is a beautiful song, graced with guitar leads and Buckley’s breathy blend of vocal enjoyment. The album’s efforts are well thought out and clear. It speaks to the soul in a way that is beyond comprehension.
All who can’t hear must feel – jaboukie
Comedian, actor, and writer-turned-musician jaboukie has released his debut album, All who can’t hear must feel. From start to finish, jaboukie demonstrates his versatility and influence throughout all 13 tracks on the album. Being the unique artist that he is, every song on the album is not the same, giving fans a spontaneous and fun listen to his first album. The first song, “++y” is a show stopper; the opening beats vibrate through the ear, making listeners feel the start of something new. “cranberry sauce” introduces an alternative title to the album. In a pop-rock alternative, jaboukie flexes his vocality against the tactful beat. As you continue to listen to each song, jaboukie certifies his validity in terms of creativity and amusement. His years of experience in sound and writing are translated into the entire album’s songs and lyrics. The range is impeccable and a must-listen for fans of his or casual music junkies. jaboukie will tour with his first album, alongside a comedy show to go with it. Check out more information on his website.
Us, Never Them Mixtape – DCG Brothers
The Chi-Town natives bring in a new energy with their new mixtape, Us, Never Them. With features from up-and-coming breakout artists like Rob49 and 2Rare, the DCG Brothers have put their own style and flow into the mixtape. With their classic trap-rap influence, they turn Us, Never Them, into a standout in their discography. Full of production and sound effects, “Traded” incorporates a melody that is protean and guides the chorus of the track. It’s unique, and the DCG Brothers embrace it, turning it into a fully-fledged banger on the mixtape. “Talk it Out” digs deeper than its rhythm and beat. The lyrics speak to the importance of communicating with the people you love before letting things get bad. And for fun, “Ghetto Alphabets” recite the alphabet in their own unique way of storytelling. A noticeable element of the mixtape is the chemistry between the two brothers. They rap and revel in each other, creating a perfect blend of sound and quality. The DCG Brothers have created a mixtape made for lovers of hip-hop, rap, and everything made of Chicago and its culture. Follow them on their social media accounts to see more of what they have in store for the future. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE| DCG SHUN: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER| DCG BSAVV: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER.
Dominos – Diners
Rooted in deep pop-rock 70s influence, DOMINO is a rare find in today’s rock collection. Diners, aka Blue Broderick, have cultivated a blast from the past with their newest album. DOMINO has brought back a similar style and sound to The Beatles with its own modern twist. As you listen, you start to appreciate the demanding electric guitar and silky vocals from Diners herself. “So What” is a fun and fruitful track on the album. The catchy tune follows the punky guitar and drum-filled song. It’s unique in its own kindness to the album, making it a perfect addition overall. But of the 10 tracks that the album has to offer, “Painted Pictures” takes the bait for being uniquely its own. DOMINOS rises on its own occasion as a freeing album perfectly executed by Diners.
Ending it off as always, stay tuned for next week’s picks!