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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Los Angeles-based DJ/producer features guest appearances from 24hrs, Chief Keef, Daya, Jeremih, Joji, TK Kravitz, Tory Lanez, Julia Michaels, Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jeremy Zucker.
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  1. Aug 2, 2018
    70
    The album offers a little something from every listener, which includes pop-centric songs ("Shrine") bass-heavy bangers ("Era"), an anthemic ballad ("Atoms") and one pleasantly surprising ambient interlude ("Run For Your Life").
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Aug 2, 2018
    67
    His most mainstream album yet. ... NOVA fits the dictionary definition of its title: a bright star packed with vivid, undeniable energy--one that sets the stage for the DJ-producer's consistently evolving sound. [3 Aug 2018, p.57]
  3. Aug 2, 2018
    60
    It’s a pick-and-mix listen of high-def dynamics that at times can feel relentless. Home listening it’s perhaps not.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    60
    RL Grime seemingly wants to keep everyone happy and while that approach will almost certainly find success in the clubs or the fields of Coachella it often hinders rather than helps his studio efforts.
  5. Aug 2, 2018
    41
    The sonic makeup of Nova is split between nasty bass workouts and straightforward pop, but Steinway seems incapable of distinguishing himself as a producer in either mode. ... These by-committee moments on Nova only further the theory that Steinway’s still in search of his sound.
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