Tinashe's Amethyst Mixtape

Amethyst by Tinashe. Credit: Tinashe
Amethyst by Tinashe. Credit: Tinashe

 

Following her success with Aquarius and the remixes spawned from “2 On,” Tinashe released her fourth mixtape, Amethyst, yesterday. It’s an appropriate followup to her February birthday, astrological sign, and birthstone. She enlists a crew of artists, including Ritz Reynolds, Dominic Angelella, and Legacy, whom she all worked with on Aquarius, to craft an overall good mixtape, however it leaves something to be desired. One can only look forward to her next release or tour to satisfy oneself. A track-by-track review follows after the jump.

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Shows to Know: JMSN & abhi//dijon @ U Street Music Hall 2/13

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R&B musician JMSN is bringing his experimental, brooding sound to U Street Music Hall this Friday the 13th (spooky, huh?) along with abhi//dijon and Rochelle Jordan.

Don’t be fooled, this isn’t JMSN’s (nom de guerre, Christian Berishaj) first time around the block. He’s made music under other pseudonyms, but has settled upon this name and signature electro-tinged soul music. It’s important to note that these aren’t your mom and dad’s old school bedroom jams; instead, JMSN draws inspiration from 90s R&B and makes it his own, like a breath of fresh air.

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Wet @ U Street Music Hall

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All photos: Lotanna Obodozie

These days, it seems that every new band is from Brooklyn; and whatever’s in the water over there seems to be working for Wet- the latest and greatest from the area. Kelly Zutrau, Martin Sulkow and Joe Valle began making music together when they were students in New York, and since then, the trio has released a self-titled EP. The band crafts the perfect blend of minimal electronic, R&B, and pop, drawing from all three genres to create their signature sound. Similarly, their impressive contrast of dreamy instrumentals against evocative lyricism captured the attention of the packed U Street Music Hall this past Saturday.

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Album Review: No More by Jeremih & Shlohmo

Album artwork for Jeremih & Shlohmo’s EP No More

After Yours Truly and Adidas Originals announced their pairing of R&B prince Jeremih and WeDidIt cofounder Shlohmo for their Songs From Scratch series, one could say the Internet was a little more than overeager. Shlohmo’s renowned remix abilities have given listeners an impossibly relaxing yet tasteful take on Jeremih and Natasha Money’s smooth croons in “All The Time” that turned into lazy mornings and late night plays of the remade “Fuck You All The Time.”

Despite legal and label issues along the way, Shlohmo and Jeremih kept building the hype for their No More EP by releasing the eponymous single “No More” on Valentine’s Day. Today, July 17, has a double purpose as Jeremih’s 27th birthday and the album release date. Nab the six track EP for free here.

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