jazz & instrumentals
Sixteen Oceans also somewhat reconfigures the Four Tet sound. New Energy reached back to the folksy style of Hebden’s early output, its tuned percussion and stringed instruments spilling out over the sides of his beats. There’s a little less of that here, something evidenced by Sixteen Oceans’ lead singles.
[ file under: electronica ]
CAR SEAT HEADREST
"Making a door less open"
This album was made from January 2015 to December 2019, starting as a collection of vague ideas that eventually turned into songs. Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll.
[ file under: alternative indie ]
"New me same us"
Little Dragon, the pioneering Swedish four-piece fronted by enigmatic vocalist Yukimi Nagano, with multi-instrumentalists Håkan Wirenstarnd and Fredrik Wallin on keyboards and bass respectively and Erik Bodin on drums and percussion, return with their sixth studio album. Entirely self-produced and recorded at their long-term home-built studio in Gothenburg, New Me, Same Us represents another chapter in the continuing evolution of Little Dragon.
[ file under: ninja-tunes ]
Fluxion is an artist with a long standing contribution to the electronic music scene. Perspectives is the artist's 9th full length album under this moniker.His collaborations over the years with top boutique labels, such as Chain Reaction and Echocord records, and his total volume of albums and eps, place him at the forefront of the electronic music scene, for more than 20 years.
[ file under: basic channel ]
"It's only us"
With a timeless sound that blends heavy soul and psych-rock, Monophonics have built a reputation over the past decade as one of the best live bands in the country. Led by singer Kelly Finnigan, the band of has drawn on their colorful history both their experiences as veteran touring performers and as individuals growing up in the Bay Area to create “It’s Only Us,” their fourth release since 2012.
[ file under: new retro soul ]
I BREAK HORSES
If I Break Horses’s third album holds you in its grip like a great film, it’s no coincidence. Faced with making the follow-up to 2014’s plush Chiaroscuro, Horses’s Maria Lindén decided to take the time to make something different, with an emphasis on instrumental, cinematic music.
[ file under: cocteau sounds ]
Three, the 21st album from legendary Australian instrumental trio The Necks, is a winding, textural, and visceral musical exploration through three individual, contrasting tracks that each delve into separate tenets of their sound. Three’s variety of tones and structures offer a glimpse into the boundless, immersive sonic universe The Necks have been constructing, through recorded and live performance, for over 30 years: three musicians, three variable songs, highlighting three decades of groundbreaking experimental excellence.
[ file under: post-impro-rock ]
RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI
Over the years, American composer Rafael Anton Irisarri has become ubiquitous within the spheres of ambient, drone and electronic music. Whether it’s through Irisarri’s celestial long-form albums or his lauded audio engineering credentials for countless artists and labels, Irisarri’s consistent dedication to his craft never wavers from the forefront.
[ file under: ambient & drones ]
"Hold space for me"
Orion Sun’s awaited debut LP is a coming of age story set to her unique blend of production, songwriting, and singing talents. Hold Space for Me is a deeply personal and existential coming of age exploration delivered through a lilting, yet soft and poignant voice.
[ file under: alt neo soul ]
Jaga Jazzist return with their new album “Pyramid” on 24 April 2020, where the legendary Norwegian eight-piece takes a deep dive into post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences. It’s their first album since 2015’s “Starfire”, their ninth album in a career now spanning four decades, but it marks the group’s debut on Brainfeeder, the LA-based imprint curated by Flying Lotus. Pyramid is Jaga Jazzist’s first self-produced album and it meant a change in the way they operate.
[ file under: jazzy breaks & beat ]
MATTTHEW TAVARES & LELAND WHITTY
Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty - best known for their roles within pioneering jazz band, Badbadnotgood, present their collaborative album, Visions, a sublime combination of modern jazz, impressionist classical music, and Arthur Verocai-esque arrangements.
[ file under: psychedelic jazz ]
TOM MISCH & YUSSEF DAYES
"What kinda music"
What Kinda Music is a masterful collaboration between two artists of very different disciplines, and one of the most unique and seamlessly original projects of its ilk to date. Moving fluidly through sleek electronica, progressive jazz, vintage hip-hop and so much more, Misch and Dayes take their listener on a ride that is by turns surprising and spontaneous, heady and head-spinning, and nothing less than compelling – a singular vision that fuses the DNA of both musicians with spectacular results.
[ file under: blue notes ]
"It is what it is"
Thundercat is set to release his new album “It Is What It Is” on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020, and shares the first music; ‘Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington)’. The album, produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Badbadnotgood, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. It Is What It Is follows his game-changing third album Drunk (2017)
[ file under: cosmic soul ]
Following his exceptional breakout album Aromanticism a couple of years ago, Moses Sumney returns with a hugely ambitious double LP. græ sees the Ghanaian-American in the same kind of shape-shifting sonic form that won him so many plaudits the first time around, with a massively diverse array of tracks on offer.
[ file under: experimental soul ]
"Heaven to a tortured mind"
Heaven to a Tortured Mind received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 88 based on 17 reviews. AllMusic critic Heather Phares praised the record, describing it as an album that suggests the easiest way to define Tumor is as an artist who consistently outdoes themself".
[ file under: warp sounds ]
"Our new album Symphonik is out today, and we hope it brings you some joy in these stressful times. We recorded it with Prague’s FILMharmonic Orchestra to commemorate our now historic performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts along with the Thievery Corporation live band and the superb engineering and co-production by longtime collaborator Gianmaria Conti."
[ file under: downtempo ]
The third Web Web album Worshippers is the richest and perhaps best Web Web album so far. It testifies to maturity and is the logical continuation of the two preceding albums. In a way, it is a concept album in Web Web's journey through Afro- and Spiritual Jazz. Web Web adores and bows to the greats of jazz and their spiritual music. Under the sign of the title, profound music was gradually created, with passion and vision.
[ file under: spiritual jazz ]
WINDY & CARL
"Allegiance and conviction"
Allegiance and Conviction is the twelfth album from Michigan space rock / ambient duo Windy and Carl. It is their first in 8 long years following 2012’s We Will Always Be. Despite the time lag since their last album, the pair have lost none of their ability to create beautifully layered music that carries itself with both grace and power.
[ file under: post-shoegaze ]