Sleigh Bells released their sophomore album, Reign of Terror, on February 21st, 2012 on Mom + Pop Music. Produced by guitarist Derek Miller, and written by Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, Reign of Terror is the highly anticipated follow up to 2010's Treats, an album whose deft, stylish combination of genres, sounds, and dynamics was simply unprecedented. Treats' own extreme volume was matched by the deafening roar of praise, landing the band on over 50 year-end lists for 2010. Sleigh Bells toured behind Treats relentlessly, opening for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Yeasayer and Major Lazer before headlining their own shows, many of which sold out in minutes. They played lauded, exhilarating sets at festivals around the globe, confirming their status as a sheer tour de force on the stage. It is this intense live energy, coupled with the continued desire to carve out new musical terrain, which runs throughout their new album, Reign of Terror. Engineered by Shane Stoneback, who helped to record Treats, songs on Reign of Terror are as crushing and authoritative as their title suggests; they're effortlessly robust and heavier than any of the band's previous output, but more melodic as well. Packed densely with stomping beats, shredding Jackson guitar riffs, sinister ribbons of Alexis Krauss' candy-coated vocals, and the cries of a pep rally gone terribly wrong, Reign of Terror is a record that, like its predecessor, redefines everything you think music can be.
The Afro-futurist mix of Hip-Hop/R&B/Punk that is Tunde Olaniran returned with his first full-length album on Quite Scientific entitled Transgressor on August 7th, 2015. The record showcases Olaniran's masterful approach to mixing intelligent and conscious commentary with a slew of personal revelations and heartfelt declarations. Propulsive entries like "Namesake" and "KYBM" instantly signify the hi-energy dance-pop feel that has brought attention to Olaniran in the past, while tracks like "Let Me Go", "Up & Down", and "Everyone's Missing" make clear his abilities to be at once gut-wrenchingly emotional, candidly playful, or deadly-serious.
Currently calling the United States his home after various stints in Nigeria, Germany, and England, Olaniran has in a very short time become one of the most beloved fixtures of an ever evolving Detroit music scene, as well as a driving force within the growing artistic community in Flint, MI (where he currently resides). His previous EPs have led to plenty of praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Paste, BlackBook, Paste, EW and countless others while his penchant for channeling his energies into additional projects as an author, choreographer, and community organizer has made Olaniran's voice one that can't help but be heard.