July: Music Reviews


I just spent a week commentating the Volcom Fiji Pro where I repeated the phrase, “It’s a grower” way too many times. Well, sorry, but I’m gonna say it again, this time in regards to the new self titled release from the Canadian chillwave three-piece known as DIANA. This album grows on you like a slow motion fever that wraps your body in warm synthesized comfort, pleasing sensual female vocals, and an 80s undertone that brings the whole sexy vibe together. This is perfect make out music for music nerds. I love it.
For Fans Of: Poliçia, Nite Jewel, Bat For Lashes

Crimes Of Passion

Crocodiles started as a San Diego two-piece that was known as much for their dark sunglasses and über-hip aura as they were for their reverb drenched-druggy-psych-pop. They (two main songwriters, Brandon Welchez and Rowell) have since moved out of sunny San Diego and taken up residence in New York City and London. This oceanic separation has only helped this band expand its sound with Crimes Of Passion being the band’s most polished and dynamic album to date.
For Fans Of: Jesus Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Echo And The Bunnymen

King Khan And The Shrines
Idle No More

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Wanna hear some 60s influenced garage rock with a nasty little indie-rock edge? Yeah, me too, that’s why I’ve been listening to the new album by King Khan And The Shrines album on repeat for the last few weeks. Although I’ve never seen this band live, I’ve heard that the electric and exciting frontman known as King Khan, is an amazing live performer who’s not afraid to get sloppy, naked, and wild while leading The Shrines through raucous sets. Idle No More is a party record full of ass-shaking jams that are as much James Brown as they are Black Lip—get nuts to King Khan And The Shrines!
For Fans Of: Black Lips, The Hives, The Dirtbombs

RZA Presents …
Shaolin Soul Selection Volume 1.


Shaolin Soul is a two-volume compilation that features the tracks RZA and the WU Tang Clan has sampled and been inspired by. RZA is one of the most dynamic, prolific, and most respected producers in the rap game. This comp lets you in on the mind of a genius and it’s really fun to hear the songs that inspired some of our most loved Wu bangers. Featuring legends and underground greats like Isaac Hayes, The Dramatics, Booker T. And The MGs, every track is like a time machine as well as a lesson in what to listen for when choosing a sample. This is a must have for any Wu Tang or RZA fan.
For fans of: Old school funk, Wu Tang Clan, Memphis soul