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Record Routine: Protomartyr releases average new album

With strong guitars and percussion reminiscent of The National, Detroit’s post-punk aficionados, Protomartyr, present the listener with a 44-minute project titled The Agent Intellect. Although difficult to digest at times, The Agent Intellect contains rewarding moments that delve into the deeper, more emotional side of punk rock.

Meow the Jewels

Record Routine: Run The Jewels remixes album with cat sounds

Let me start off by saying that this album is most definitely not what I was expecting. Instead of a parody album with all lyrics replaced by cat sounds (as I expected), Meow the Jewels is an album of Run the Jewels 2 remixes done by prolific producers featuring the original lyrics over crunchy, minimalist, dark tracks with a few cat sounds methodically placed within the productions.


Record Routine: Jams for the morning after a party in Kellogg's new album

In a style popularized by Chance The Rapper and Mac Miller, Mic Kellogg delivers an atmospheric album that channels the vocal styles of many up-and-coming rap artists while giving Milwaukee producer Charles Mammyth Forsberg a proper introduction to a larger audience. While Mic Kellogg’s name is on the cover, Mammyth deserves a heavy amount of credit for mixing this magnum opus of an ear pleaser.

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Alabama Shakes’ new album holds striking opening track

“Sound & Color” is the opening, eponymous track on Alabama Shakes’ recently released second studio album Sound & Color and could be considered the best song released this year. An eclectic mix of soul, beach rock, Motown and classic rock ’n’ roll, Alabama Shakes present a pleasing, full-bodied sound to contemporary American music by combining sounds from every decade since the 1950s. “Sound & Color” is a perfect representation of Alabama Shakes’ ability to pull at your heartstrings with the power of soulful lyrics and minor keyboard riffs. Opening with 40 seconds of slowly building, aesthetically pleasing keyboard, ethereal noise and calming percussive elements, Alabama Shakes have created what is possibly the greatest opening track to any album in the past five years.

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