Album Reviews

Red Velvet – ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday’ review: a promising step to an exciting new era

Celebrating their strengths while keeping the element of surprise, this mini-album is better than Red Velvet’s other recent releases

Stormzy – ‘This Is What I Mean’ review: levelling up on his own terms

The south Londoner’s contemplative third studio album features his most mellow and mature moments yet

BoA – ‘Forgive Me’ review: a veteran artist blazes thrilling new trails

The “queen of K-pop” returns after two years with an EP that proves she still has exciting new roads to go down

Honey Dijon – ‘Black Girl Magic’ review: an expert demonstration of fierce house music

The house superstar's second studio album is full of freeing tracks that'll enable you to leave your worries on the dancefloor

Brockhampton – ‘The Family’ review: recollections and regrets as prolific group bow out

Billed as their “final” album (despite a last-minute bonus release), the climax of the hip-hop collective’s prolonged goodbye sees Kevin Abstract take the mic to deliver their last words

BIBI – ‘Lowlife Princess: Noir’ review: a visceral tale of pain, heartbreak and revenge

On her first full-length album, BIBI claims her place as one of K-pop’s most engaging and evocative storytellers

Lil Jaye – ‘Rare’ review: star of Melbourne’s 66Records proves his crossover potential

Three years after breaking out with ‘Choppa Make Her Dance’ and a Juice WRLD support slot, Lil Jaye delivers bright, bouncy bangers and a positive, ambitious outlook on his debut mixtape

STONE – ‘Punkadonk’ EP review: Mersey moshers lash out on their confident debut

The Liverpool band's first EP crackles with energy as it details the strange gap between youth and adulthood

Weyes Blood – ‘And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow’ review: quiet optimism in the present-day apocalypse

LA-based artist Natalie Mering cuts through this strange and isolating period of history with a subtle touch, carefully unearthing a scrap of hope in the process

Nas – ‘King’s Disease III’ review: hip-hop great delivers compelling conclusion to his album trilogy

The final instalment of the ‘King’s Disease’ series houses punchy Hit-Boy beats that are purpose-built for the New York wordsmith’s dynamic rhymes
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