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Mary J. Blige | My Life

After writing the early blueprint for ’90s R&B, Mary J. Blige laid out her own musical foundations on 1994’s My Life. The influence of hip-hop began to seep into R&B by the end of the ’80s  —  a period that soon saw Bell Biv…

May 12, 2020
by Ryo Miyauchi Ledger Line Music

Bat for Lashes | Lost Girls

On Lost Girls, Natasha Khan sounds more free than she has since she completely lay her trust in the arms of another on “Daniel,” the lead single off her 2009 album Two Suns. Interim Bat for Lashes releases have found Khan growing more wary…

September 24, 2019
by Ryo Miyauchi Foreign Correspondent Music

Kiki Vivi Lily | Vivid

Love songs come second nature to Kiki Vivi Lily on her debut full-length, Vivid. Thinking about black coffee leads to the sweet dedication “Caffeine Holic,” addressed to a specific crush who inspired a habit the narrator can’t quite shake: “It’s too late, I’m addicted to…

September 7, 2019
by Ryo Miyauchi Foreign Correspondent Music

Tricot | Repeat

Tricot pack a lot of musical ideas into a single song — and they unwind or abruptly pause their guitar playing, all based on a sense of intuition. However, the band also prizes economy on their latest five-track EP, a set that’s tightly sequenced…

July 3, 2019
by Ryo Miyauchi Foreign Correspondent Music

The Peggies | Hell Like Heaven

As a title, Hell Like Heaven serves to explain the clashing contradictions that bring about the joys in The Peggies’ music. The Japanese trio’s buzzing, jagged alt-rock riffs are virtually hot to the touch, while their lyrics deal with the soft, almost cheesy expressions…

April 16, 2019
by Ryo Miyauchi Music What Would Meek Do?

DaBoii | Neva Lookin Back

The first taste of the ever-cocky DaBoii’s latest solo project — outside his group, SOB x RBE — came back in May, with “Onna Gang,” a track showcasing an unmistakable Bay Area slap, and one on which the rapper boasts, “90s baby, middle-fingers to the new school.”…

January 13, 2019
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