Joji – BALLADS 1 (dark electro pop)
After receiving this album in my inbox, I suddenly started seeing a ton of Spotify video ads promoting Joji. Although I had already given each track a brief listen, like any good millennial, I decided to revisit the album after realizing people online thought it was a big deal. And it totally is! BALLADS 1 opens alternating between a simple piano line and distorted heavy bass in its first track “ATTENTION” grabs just that from the listener. “CAN’T GET OVER YOU (feat. Clams Casino)” is super unique, relatable lyrically, and probably one of my favorite tracks off of the album. Definitely check out Joji and keep up with him as I am sure this is not the last we will hear from him. Besides, when is the last time you listened to an album with song titles in all caps that didn’t turn out to be a complete success??
Charles Bradley – Black Velvet (soul/R&B)
If you’re looking for feel good music with some serious soul, look no further. Opening with Bradley yelling out with intense passion and groove, the first track, “Can’t Fight the Feeling” really sets the tone for the rest of Black Velvet, the final album by the late soul singer. I think many artists spend a lot of time trying create something as grooving and effortless as the music that Bradley put out during his career. Although he was not really discovered until later in life, Bradley clearly had a phenomenal gift that will be forever showcased in this collection.