I am a music blogger in New York City and I wanted to know whether my home crowd is likely to rely on my curatorial efforts to discover their next favorite artist, or trusted sources beyond my control. So, I hung around Union Square for a day, and asked 25 people these three questions:
It was a strikingly cold January evening, and I had tickets to a show— reluctantly, still, I got ready to attend a Kirk Knight concert at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My resistance quickly faded as I stepped into a familiar venue where, of course, another Pro Era member Dessy Hinds was opening. A young Brooklyn rapper known for his hit Savior Dessy prepped the audience perfectly for the man I came to listen to, Kirk Knight.
Hujari is more than a musician—more than a researcher. To describe him with a single title would be small-minded and would fail to fully capture the true essence of who he is. Simply put, Hujairi is an experimental sound artist, oud player, write, and ethnomusicologist.
Ultraviolet follows her self-produced album Bloodroot, dropped in 2017, a record you’d expect from someone dubbed a ‘prepared-piano specialist’. While Bloodroot is intense and calculated, Ultraviolet is this free-flowing, emotive promenade through Kelly’s colorful mind.
For those of you that have kept up with the blog, you know I’ve been anticipating White Bronco since Action Bronson announced its release date alongside the debut of its titular track. This is his first independent project since he left Atlantic Records, and I bet you he put a great deal of weight on this 26-minute project. He even designed the cover-art himself!
WRITER: NOOR KALOUTI/EDITOR: DECLAN JENKINS