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New Music: Rhye

By Thomas Johnson, January 19 2018 —  Woman, Rhye’s first album, begins with “Open,” a disarming and stunning single that piqued the collective interest of online music communities with its 2013 release. News that the breathy, sensuous voice behind the mysterious project belonged to Toronto’s Mike Milosh sent the internet into a frenzy. Milosh’s falsetto…

Gauntlet Editorial Board: Best albums of 2017

2017 is done. Gone. Buh-bye. We may be kissing another tumultuous year farewell, but the music it brought will stick with us for a long time. Amazing albums arrived for every taste and the Gauntlet’s Editorial Board enjoys a range of tunes. We may not agree on everything, but we all had something we loved…

New Music: Miguel

By Thomas Johnson, December 8 2017 — In the lead-up to his fourth full-length effort, Miguel released a single called “Shockandawe.” The track, built on a choppy funk riff and bolstered by blunt references to a war-torn Middle East, was ultimately left off the album. However, it served its purpose as a preview for the…

ICYMI: 2017 marks big five-year rap music anniversaries

By Thomas Johnson, December 6 2017 — Hindsight’s a funny thing. Despite a few albums that dropped like asteroids, you’d be forgiven for glossing over 2012’s stake as one of modern music’s most impactful years. Five years later, the fruits of one of the more transformative years in recent memory continue to sprout. This July,…

Top rap ballads of 2017

By Thomas Johnson, December 1 2017 — Rap’s been a romantic genre since LL Cool J donned a white Kangol hat and told the world about his unfulfilled heart in “I Need Love.” Nowadays, some of the most tender admissions of affection are snuck in between plugging alcohol brands and karat-counting. Here are the best…

New Music: October Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, November 10 2017 —   Young Thug & Future – Super Slimey 2017 has already brought out the best in Future and Young Thug. A week after dropping a popular self-titled album in February, Future released HNDRXX. And Beautiful Thugger Girls, Young Thug’s most accomplished work to date, was released in June. Both…

New Music: Big K.R.I.T.

By Thomas Johnson, November 3 2017 — Prior to 2013’s Cadillactica, Big K.R.I.T. released a blistering mission statement called “Mt. Olympus.” It was advertised as a response to Kendrick Lamar’s infamous diss verse on “Control” from earlier that year. But just as Kendrick didn’t really diss K.R.I.T. on “Control,” “Mt. Olympus” wasn’t really a rebuttal….

New Music: Wu-Tang Clan

By Thomas Johnson, November 2 2017 — One of the most shudder-inducing phrases in the modern lexicon is “new Wu.” Despite achieving mythic status after emerging from the depths of Shaolin, the fabled Wu-Tang Clan have struggled to produce a truly great album since 2007’s 8 Diagrams. The eight remaining original swordsmen are no longer…

New music: King Krule

By Thomas Johnson, October 31, 2017 — Your mind can be a dangerous place to be lost in. Too much time trapped between your thoughts can render even the hardest men to tapioca. The notion that the darkest path snakes inward sits at the gloomy centre of The OOZ, the first album from King Krule…

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