John Allen Stephens is having a pretty banner year. The producer singer songwriter has put his stamp on the latest releases by The Suffers and Tee Vee, he’s had a hand in sculpting several up and coming acts, and his debut release as a solo artist bangs better than most. In fact, on Radioclub.lp, Stephens sets himself apart from the typical acts residing in the city with a quality that’s top notch, and hangs light years ahead of many.
The album – a mixture of blue eyed R&B and electro pop, was produced and crafted by Stephens alone – though it sounds like music that came from a team of people like most music of its caliber sound today. The beats that Stephens chooses, the way he adds vocal chops, and the synths and instrumentation sound well ahead of what you’d expect from an artist who got his start in an indie rock band.
Apart from most pop albums that drop today, Stephens gives listeners their money’s worth with multiple tracks that stay with them after one listen. The chill wave sounds of the opener “Asterisk, Pts. 1 and 2,” Stephens slowly drops the beat with sultry vocals and a slow jam R&B vibe. He does this as well on the relaxed sounds of “Summertime” were he and Daniela Hernandez fill your ears with pop goodness. He even indulges a bit of current Radiohead feels on the opening of “Don’t Get Me Started” with a dissonant piano before the beat hits and things go further and more into an electro pop notation.
The bangers on the record are easily the tracks “Speck,” an almost perfectly crafted pop jam, “Crystal Tokyo,” a dance pop session full of engaging beats and sounds, and “White Lamborghini,” the poppiest of the pop songs found here, though difficult to ignore how catchy it is. These three song will definitely be the ones you place on repeat, though the bulk of the album is packed with tunes you should find yourself digging deeper and deeper into.
With no tour dates announced yet, Stephens has seen the album hit over 100,000 streams, meaning a tour will probably get announced sooner than later. You can stream Radioclub.lp on all streaming sites and you can purchase digital copies of the album directly from iTunes.
Image Credits: Photo by Daniela Hernandez.