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Review: Jordan Max Only One Is King

Artist: Jordan Max
Album: Only One Is King
Year: 2016

“Only One Is King”, an EP by Jordan Max released 2 years ago, is an artist/album that has shot up my personal charts. 

Some background on Max – he’s a British artist and recently signed to Danger Mouse for publishing.  He’s got a new single out (“War” – check out the video here), but Only One Is King was released independently. 

Actually, the story behind the album is kind of cool.  From a press release for his single “War”:

Jordan Max made his debut in 2016 with his EP Only One Is King, written and recorded in the bedroom of his childhood home. Lead single “Hell” showcased his unique sound and earned him a spot on Complex’s “10 British R&B/Soul Artists To Watch in 2017,” in addition to praise from Consequence of Sound, i-D, Pigeons & Planes, Fader and more. 

His sound reminds me a lot of Alt-J, but a bit more on the bluesier side than rock.  There’s quite a bit of darkness in his music as well, which at times seem to follow what I see as a bit of a trend in the alt-rock scene.  Still, blues & soul permeate through the tracks to make a unique sound. 

Keep your ears open for more from Jordan Max, it’s worth a listen.  I give this EP 4/5.

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Anela & The Early Hours – Yesteryear

I received this email submission back in June 2017; so right off the bat, a slap on the hand to me for not getting to the review until now, nearly a year later.
Yesteryear by Anela & The Early Hours

Anela & The Early Hours is an indie pop group out of London, Ontario.  Yesteryear is their debut album; here are some of my thoughts about it.

Right off the top, I have to be honest and say that this album did not “wow” me.  I feel that it is a solid, well-produced album, but it doesn’t stand out as something special to me.  That said, I would still recommend giving this album a listen.

Like I said, it sounds well-produced.  It’s “radio ready”, in the sense that it sounds good over my speakers and headphones – the sound isn’t too flat or anything like that.  Guitar work in the 7 tracks is delicate but has a presence, and the drums have a certain “pop” to it.  I like lead singer Anela Navarro’s voice, though it doesn’t fluctuate through very much range (however it sounds like she potentially has a wide vocal range in her if she chose to use it).

Singles from the album include “Space” and “All Alone”, for which there are some YouTube videos you can watch: here and here.  The stand-out track for me though was “Stuck With You” – I liked that one the best.

Overall, “Yesteryear” is a good album and I recommend it.  3/5.  You can purchase it from iTunes, or stream it on Spotify/Soundcloud/Bandcamp (link above).

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Recommendation: Daniel Robinson – Little Birds

Just thought I’d throw out a quick recommendation!  I found this on Jamendo the other day, and thought it was a great folk/pop album.  Some of the tracks are a little dreamy, which is great.  I didn’t like Those Were The Days too much; Nowhere to Hide and Little Birds were definitely standout tracks for me. 

I was listening to The Decemberists’ new album before dropping into this one, and the transition worked well for me.  If you have some time, take a listen to Daniel Robinson’s Little Birds.

https://www.jamendo.com/album/175519/little-birds