KUMD Album Reviews

KUMD Album Review: Black Panther: The Album

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Black Panther: The Album | Various Artists

KUMD Album Review: Sonny Knight & The Lakers

Feb 14, 2018

Sonny Knight & The Lakers | I’m Still Here

In honor of Black History Month, we’re revisiting a 2014 album from the late Minnesota musician Sonny Knight.

Saint Paul native Knight was an artist who, among other things, helped revive classic soul in a Midwest city known for its funky rhythm and ‘80s icons. His background ranged from a gospel –filled childhood to seeing the world, fighting in Vietnam and later touring with his band The Lakers. Sonny brings a very cultured and honest take and blends genres, allowing music to flow from the soul.

KUMD Album Review: Nightmare on Wax

Feb 12, 2018
Nightmare on Wax
Nightmare on Wax

Nightmare on Wax| Shape the Future

Years removed from his group’s conception in the late 1980s, Nightmare on Wax now consists solely of DJ E.A.S.E who dons the moniker and continues to compose some of his greatest music. 

KUMD Album Review: The Happy Fits

Jan 31, 2018

KUMD Album Review: Illism

Jan 24, 2018
Love and Loyalty
Illism | Love and Loyalty

Illism | Love and Loyalty

After two EPs (later re-released on one album) the duo known as Illism, comprised of lyricist Envy and vocalist Fancy, came together again for their debut album Love and Loyalty. Combining elements of Soul and R & B with appearances of 80's Funk, Illism shows nothing but loyalty to their Minnesota roots.

KUMD Album Review: Nai Palm

Jan 22, 2018
Nai Palm
Nai Palm, Needle Paw

Nai Palm | Needle Paw

With her Zen-filled lyrics and a gentle delivery, Nai Palm, the 23-year-old lead vocalist of the Australian based soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, delivers an acoustic barrage on her solo debut Needle Paw

KUMD Album Review: Kendrick Lamar

Apr 26, 2017

Kendrick Lamar | DAMN.

Rapper and wordsmith, Kendrick Lamar graces the radio waves once again with his fourth studio album DAMN. After To Pimp a Butterfly’s Earth shattering success, Kendrick’s fan base can let out a breath of relief knowing the prolific writer’s pen has barely scratched the surface of his genius.

KUMD Album Review: The Shacks

Nov 30, 2016

The Shacks | The Shacks EP

Shannon Wise and Max Shrager walked into the studio in Queens, New York, on a whim one day in 2014 and left under a new name, The Shacks. The duo holds its own with Shrager’s musical skills that have been recognized since the tender age of 14 and Wise’s feathery voice to form their self-titled release, The Shacks EP.

KUMD Album Review: Sad13

Nov 23, 2016

Sad13 | Slugger

What Sad13’s premiere album, Slugger, may lose in approachability is quickly supplemented by songs so unique they cannot be forgotten without a good effort. Each song has a rough edge, a DIY feel, and yet a modern and electronic presence can always be felt. The tracks, while certainly part of the modern pop scene, stand out like the sore thumbs that won the game.

7/29 KUMD Album Reviews: Tame Impala

Jul 29, 2015

Tame Impala-Currents

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala have triumphantly returned to the limelight with their latest chart-topping release Currents, which has just secured the band’s first-ever spot in the UK top 10 charts. After their acclaimed Lonerism release, the band spent most of their time headlining festivals and rising to the top of indie and rock charts.