REVIEW: ‘CHERRY BOMB’ – TYLER, THE CREATOR

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Tyler, the Creator’s gradual musical maturation can be observed on each of his studio albums since the shock-rap of Bastard engaged angst-fuelled audiences in 2009. With 2013’s Wolf, the California emcee broke away from vivid rhymes of violence to explore a variety of different themes, backing it with some of his most accomplished production to date. Further growth seemed imminent after he billed Cherry Bomb as the record on which he made “the music I listen to,” though it proves to a be a tough task; Tyler, it seems, listens to a wide variety of music. Read the complete review on Exclaim.ca.

REVIEW: ‘SECRET LIFE’ – MOON KING

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Playing over 100 shows in the year 2013 alone in support of the acclaimed pair of EPs Obsession I and Obsession II, the buzz surrounding the music of Toronto duo Moon King never really died down; it’s even more impressive when one considers that Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde didn’t have a full-length record under their belt until now. Their debut, titled Secret Life, demonstrates a marked improvement in their writing and recording that was definitely worth the wait. Read the complete review at Exclaim.ca.

REVIEW: ‘WHAT FOR?’ – TORO Y MOI

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The distance Chaz Bundick has established between himself and short-lived chillwave fad of the late 2000s is nothing short of impressive, let alone crucial to his musical longevity. While the bulk of acts from the subgenre faded beneath their effects-drenched compositions, Bundick rose above the rest in putting together a collection of diverse full-length records (including one from his side project Les Sins) that run the gamut from indie pop to house music.  Read the complete review at Exclaim.ca.