BETTY WHO — TASTE

Rating: 4/5 This is a sultry jam. I honestly don’t have much to say about this track, because it’s just good. Everything about it coalesces so well: the lyrical melody sinks down into the groove of the clapping/rhythmic beat; Betty’s got the perfect amount of lust in her voice; it flows easy and free, just […]

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JAMES BAY — ELECTRIC LIGHT

Release date: May 18, 2018 Rating: 4.9/5 James Bay got a haircut, and you can hear it on Electric Light. The follow-up to Bay’s debut 2014 record, Chaos and the Calm, Electric Light is Bay 2.0. Chaos is a very solid compilation, but it listens like pre-haircut Bay: surprisingly interesting, but unable to escape the […]

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JAMES BAY — SLIDE

Rating: 4.4/5 The year before I saw Kiiara at Lollapalooza, I saw James Bay — an almost nobody at the time, right after “Hold Back the River” started getting mild airplay. He had one of the earlier sets in the day, but even in the 90-degree, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky weather, he drew a crowd. When Bay released […]

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