Annie Dark Hearts

'Dark Hearts': Annie Makes a Moody Return After a Decade (Review)

"Annie, Annie, they're playing our song / And for a moment I'm transported to where I'm from..." Nostalgia is at an all-time high in These Unprecedented Times™. While we're all stuck in lockdown, in tiers, in quarantine - whatever the case may be, on a day by day basis - the silence and general…


Mariah Carey The Rarities

'The Rarities': Mariah Carey Emancipates Hidden Memories (Review)

Mariah Carey knows how to make a moment, darling - and how to properly honor a legacy. The Elusive Chanteuse is utterly unstoppable in 2020, generously blessing the Lambily in this time of need with the #MC30 celebration, including a complete suite of vinyl releases, an incredible memoir from the…


Roisin Murphy Machine

'Róisín Machine': Róisín Murphy's Dazzling Disco Desire (Album Review)

"I feel my story is still untold, but I'll make my own happy ending." Róisín Murphy, avant-pop shapeshifter, has always looked ahead, sonically and stylistically speaking: from the days of singing it back with Moloko, to the quirky, jazzy joy of 2005's Ruby Blue and 2007's disco-pop opus…


Tom Aspaul Black Country Disco

'Black Country Disco': Tom Aspaul's Gorgeous, Gay Dance Floor Triumph

Tom Aspaul, Judy Garland and generations of queers know: there's no place like home. You know and love the British singer-songwriter already for his work for a bunch of favorites over the years: Kylie Minogue ("Feels So Good"), AlunaGeorge ("Mediator"), Little Boots ("Working Girl") and Louise…


Toni Braxton Spell My Name

'Spell My Name': Toni Braxton Spells Out Her Legend Status

School's back in session (virtually, this year), and the legendary Ms. Toni Braxton is giving us all a crucial spelling lesson - but more on that a little later. Following 2018's stellar Sex & Cigarettes, the deep-voiced diva (or, as the New York Times referred to her in 1993, "Up-And-Coming…


Katy Perry Smile

'Smile': Katy Perry Faces Her 'Flop' to Feel Fine Again

"Gotta say it's really been a while, but now I got back that smile." Katy Perry is many things. Subtle is not one of them. As a result, the heavy-handed "sad clown" imagery of her fifth studio album, Smile, out on Friday (August 28), conveys much of the story without much else needed to be said or…


Dua Lipa Club Future Nostalgia Remix Album

'Club Future Nostalgia': Dua Lipa Looks Back & Dances Forward

Club Future Nostalgia is officially open. Following a premature cover art reveal by the Queen of Pop™ herself (which in and of itself is legendary), Dua Lipa's flung open the velvet rope at the door and shuffled us into her swanky club experience on Friday (August 28), cramped wall to wall with…


BT The Lost Art of Longing

Getting Lost in BT's 'Art of Longing'

We don't often stan men 'round these parts - certainly not straight men - but BT is one of the rare good ones. The trance pioneer has paved a truly unique path in the electronic world, pushing the boundaries of the genre with his complex, imaginative compositions over the years and dabbling in all…


Kiesza Crave

Kiesza's 'Crave' Hits the '80s Dance-Pop Spot

What’s forced to hideaway always sees the light again eventually. Kiesza‘s been quietly been killing it this year, from her euphoric “All of the Feelings” to “Crave” to her latest single, “Love Me With Your Lie.” The Canadian crooner, who first…


Taylor Swift Folklore

No Fanfare, Just 'Folklore': Taylor Swift’s Nostalgic Escape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn_0zPAfyo8 "So much for summer love and saying 'us,' 'cause you weren't mine to lose..." Out of nowhere (well, The Woods), Taylor Swift emerged on Thursday (July 23) to announce the release of her eighth studio album later that night - without any fanfare, just…


Jessie Ware What's Your Pleasure

'What's Your Pleasure?': Jessie Ware Finds What Feels Good Again

"Push, press, more, less...here together, what's your pleasure?" Jessie Ware is no stranger to dance music. That's how we first met her a decade ago, crooning across skittering, mind-melting productions from acts like SBTRKT and Joker, as well as lifting off with the popular Disclosure remix of…


Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa, 'Future Nostalgia': A Dance Floor Escape in a Time of Isolation

"You wanna turn it up loud, Future Nostalgia is the name..." The world looks drastically different than how it did just over four months ago when Dua Lipa dropped "Don't Start Now," the lead track off of her sophomore studio album. It would have been impossible to predict then, while the…