Album Reviews

Your Resident Pulse Music Director back again!

Without further ado, here’s the top albums of this week:

1. Basement Jaxx – Junto

The electronic/house superstars return, after their score for the film Attack the Block in 2011. Featuring a whole host of collaborators ranging from UK divas to a children’s chorus and string players, Junto promises to be a wild ride.

2. Ty Segall – Manipulator

As the promotional sticker declares, “THE SEGALL HAS LANDED”. The cult musician/producer returns with another great indie/garage rock/punk/no-genre-but-Segall record that’s sure to please his fanbase and maybe win over some new converts as well.

3. Souls of Mischief – There Is Only Now

Featuring one member of A Tribe Called Quest, and including guest spots from the likes of Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, There Is Only Now establishes its hip-hop pedigree right from the get go.

4. God Help the Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

While the film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian and based on the band’s musical project of the same name, doesn’t hit theaters until September 5, the soundtrack should tide over fans of the band and indie pop nicely.

5. Kimbra – The Golden Echo

The art-pop songstress goes experimental, with help from producer/mixer Rich Costey (Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager, Mew’s No More Stories…). In the process, Kimbra creates one of the best pop albums of the year. No joke.

Your resident Pulse Music Director here!

I had previously been posting this feature on the Pulse Facebook page, but thought that it would be beneficial to move it to the website homepage, because

1. We, of course, want to attract more eyes to the website, and

2. With those additional eyes in place, we can expose listeners to new and upcoming music in a more convenient fashion.

With all that said and done, here are this week’s albums:

1. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt


A change in direction for the band, recorded with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975′s The 1975, The View’s Cheeky for a Reason) and with music inspired by Pearl Jam’s No Code. 

2. House of Whales – House of Whales


Alternative hip-hop/rock band hailing from Chicago. Witty wordplay and meaningful lyrics abound over jam band-esque guitars and drums. A lot less profanity than your average hip-hop album, too.

3. The Quitters – Contributing to Erosion


Classic punk rock sound with pop and post-hardcore influences, great songwriting chops and a bit of an alternative metal edge. “Hipster” is destined to become your new favorite singalong song.

4. El May – The Other Person is You

El May

Smartly executed, colorful Aussie indie pop with great production by mix engineer Dave Schiffman (Haim, We Are Scientists, Biffy Clyro). Also, dat album cover.

5. Opeth – Pale Communion

Pale Communion

The prog/death metal legends return, with a heavy emphasis on the prog and continuing where 2012′s Heritage left off. High-quality, dynamic production from mix engineer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. It’s an Opeth record, what do you expect? ;)

Check back next week for more great music!

rfc108The finest group to come out of the United Kingdom, Basement, have reunited after a two year hiatus to release Further Sky. After revealing the end of their two year break with a tour announcement and a simple “Hi” posted on their Twitter back in January, Basement have been hush-hush about recording anything all year. Surprising fans everywhere, they finally released “Summer’s Colour” in June of this year.

tumblr_inline_n4wn7dQLCH1qzxlbnIllinois pop-punk band Real Friends released their first full length album, Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing June 23rd. As one of the biggest pop-punk bands around, Kyle Fasel, Dave Knox, Dan Lambton, Brian Blake and Eric Haines all had a plethora of expectations weighing on them up to the release of the album.

Real Friends have consistently been on tour since the release of Put Yourself Back Together in June 2014. In the midst of being on tour with the Vans Warped Tour this summer, Real Friends have been putting out singles all summer, hyping up the new album. Thankfully, the hype was well worth it.

Every summer we long for that one song that gives us goosebumps or puts us in the right mood.  So if you are looking for one of the hottest singles of the summer, you have come to the right place.

10358987_10152141360521472_5419864386017154290_oEchosmith is an up and coming band from L.A. and for who they are, they have some major spunk behind them. The unique aspect about Echosmith is that they are all siblings. Yup you read that right. In this day and age its strange to see an all family band. The drummer is 15, the singer is 17, the bassist is 18 and the guitarist is 21. They have united as a family have released some tight songs such as “Come Together” and “Talking Dreams”. They also have a bunch of covers on their Youtube page which you can check out by hitting the link above.11111

Yet Echomsith’s smash hit, the one song you should have on repeat this summer is called “Cool Kids“. It has the perfect amount of vocals, an awesome theme and just makes you want to dance. Also this song like most of their music has a bit of an 80′s vibe and who doesn’t love the 80′s.  Echosmith is an amazing group of kids, that quite possibly given us the best song this summer. If you want to find out more info about them click on any of the links below.





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One of my most anticipated albums of the summer gets released today. The album whispers by Passenger has had great reviews already since it was released a week earlier in the UK. Passenger has had a rapid rise to fame and it has NOT been on the back of one hit song. 

Tigers Jaw, Charmer

Tigers Jaw
Run For Cover Records
June 3, 2014

The buzz surrounding Tigers Jaw’s new album Charmer has been simply insatiable. With the release of “Hum” and “Cool” off of the album, the band showcased their growth as a band and gave an idea as to how great the new album would sound.

First listen through Charmer and I was hooked. The album is so cohesive and insanely catchy. With lyrics like “you are the leaves at my feet, you are the hum of electric heat” from “Hum” and “if i could frame you it would be the only way to keep you in one place, but I couldn’t blame you for running away” from “Frame You” it’s easy to see why Brianna Collins, Ben Walsh and Adam McIlwee are lyrical idols.

“A masterpiece”. (The New York Times) “The best hip-hop record ever made” (Prefix Mag). Simply “the greatest album of all time” (PopMatters). These are all phrases that have been bestowed upon Nas’ Illmatic, the rapper’s/poet’s/voice of a generation’s debut and probably best album. A benchmark of hip-hop culture, the record features intelligent lyricism, groundbreaking soulful production and an urban aesthetic that paints violent, sorrowful, powerful pictures as vivid as Nas’ actual wordplay. Or so I’ve been told.

And yet, I can’t get into it.

A little over 10 years ago, R&B staple Usher released his fourth studio album confessions which turned out to be one of history’s best albums

Confession’s for me is usher’s best album not only because of the quality of each song but it makes me reminisce of a certain period of my life, as I feel most people do.  Confessions, to date, the album has accumulated sales of over 20 million copies worldwide,over 10 million of which were sold in the United States earning a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Assocation of America (RIAA).