Best of 2018

By EMMIE Staff When crafting our Best of 2018 lists, it was hard to find some commonalities: everyone found different projects to be more entertaining, heart wrenching and/or spiritual than others. For purposes of open debate and open thought, this is the best possible outcome. More importantly though, this is indicative of the year that music presented to us; in short order, too much awesome music came … Continue reading Best of 2018

Some Rap Songs, Earl Sweatshirt

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 9.5 For this review, I shall only refer to Earl Sweatshirt, the name most people are probably more familiar with, as Thebe Kgositsile, his birth name. If you need reason why, here’s a snippet from Some Rap Song’s twelfth track, “Veins”: “Earl is not my name, the world is my domain, kid.” The third-to-last track of L.A. cult moniker … Continue reading Some Rap Songs, Earl Sweatshirt

FM!, Vince Staples

By Rishabh Kishore, Staff Writer SCORE: 8.3 Thank you, Vince. Although there is an unbelievable amount of music that is put out every week, only a few albums stick out and stay in a daily rotation the way FM! does. The album is classic Vince; FM! is groovy, hard and chilling with lyrics that constantly remind you about his old stomping grounds of Long Beach, CA’s northside. However, much … Continue reading FM!, Vince Staples

IC-01 Hanoi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

By McKenzie Maccaux, Contributing Writer SCORE: 8.0 Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been at the forefront of the modern psych-rock genre, releasing their fourth album, Sex and Food, in April of 2018. In IC-01 Hanoi, the band maintains their distorted, textured sound, but begins experimenting with freeform, sonic jazz influences and Vietnamese instruments throughout the exploratory album. Structurally, IC-01 Hanoi is comprised of seven instrumental tracks that are listed as “Hanoi … Continue reading IC-01 Hanoi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra