The Sailor is by turns impressive and disheveled in its combination of so many rap and pop music styles.
Joji's BALLADS 1 has some great songs, but a thin appeal, as most of the tracks don't function beyond their moody vibe and lo-fi aesthetic.
Head in the Clouds blends into the current wave of trap-flavored pop rap a little too well.
Zephyr isn't a particularly cutting edge pop and R&B album, but with all the classy instrumentation, impassioned singing, and thoughtful writing, NIKI has a lot going for her right out of the gate.
The deluxe version of Joji's debut EP In Tongues was released a few days ago, and in it is several remixes from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Actress, and Lapalux. Among the most radical of these is Lunice's take on "Demons," which transforms the song into a wonked-out trap banger. The producer certainly makes the track his own, but hey, at least you can hear elements of the original in there (cf. Actress).
Again, In Tongues (Deluxe) is out now via 88rising.
Rich Brian shows more personality than many of his contemporaries on his debut project, but his sound is a bit too one-note to satisfy in a full-length context.
Giving my quick thoughts on Joji's debut EP.
With his In Tongues EP on the way, Joji drops a melancholic new single.