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Hell's Kitchen Angel

Released: 04.08.16
Review by Alex Bear | April 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM

“Hell’s kitchen angel, red hot and dangerous / You’re a little too much for most but just right for me, yeah”

We’ll be completely honest; after a lot of (thankfully scrapped) attempts at explaining how intense Hell’s Kitchen Angel is, we gave up and started over. Why? This record deserves so much more. So instead, here’s an open letter from one music fan to another: give this album a listen. Regardless of whether you love or hate pop music, Hell’s Kitchen Angel will reshape your thoughts on the current state of the industry. Because this blend of pop–with a dash of R&B, alternative, hip hop, and everything in between–is music at its best; not the manufactured over-produced shit that seems to be churned out at warp-speed these days. Don’t get us wrong, we love pop music, but MAX’s new album made us remember why.

Either Pete Wentz has great taste, or his influence is more compelling than we realize (most likely both), but every artist on DCD2, no matter how different in sound, all possess an incredible power to pull you in like an addiction (a group of us at idobi decided this was called the “glitter cocaine” effect–do with that what you will). MAX may be the most charming of them all; when he croons “Baby you could go to heaven if you be real nice / We could go to hell, spend the night” you already know you’re following him straight to Hell’s Kitchen to live out an unforgettable night in the city that never sleeps.

Hell’s Kitchen Angel is pure musical seduction. Don’t even try and fight it; by the end of the opening title track’s 80s synth-heavy, magnetic beats and sexed up choruses you’ll be completely hooked. So let MAX take you on the ride of your life. Let him pick you up in a fast car and drive you into the city with the top down while blasting songs like “Mug Shot”. Let him get your heart racing with the expansive choruses of “10 Victoria’s Secret Models”. Let him serenade you on the acoustic-led ballad “Lights Down Low”, and fall completely under his spell with the irresistible “Home”. You’ll never want the night to end.

Buy it, Stream it, or Skip it?: Buy it–this shit is on fire. But don’t just take our word for it: tune in at ido.bi/player on Friday at 6PM ET to hear Hell’s Kitchen Angel in full!

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