The Features – “Connie” (Sunset Rock, The Features LLC)
“Connie” is the newest track from local rockers The Features’ forthcoming album Sunset Rock. Featuring groovy, synth keyboard sounds, “Connie” is an ode to frontman Matt Pelham’s youth and a tribute to the band’s dancey rock sound.
Givers – “Record High, Record Low” (New Kingdom, Glass Note)
Lousiana psych-poppers Givers just dropped their second studio album New Kingdom last month. Full of melodic synth-pop sound and rich harmonies, the newest single off the record, “Record High, Record Low,” is a quirky pop anthem about the struggles of relationships.
Panda Bear – “Crosswords” (Crosswords EP, Domino)
“Crosswords” is Noah Lennox’s, also known as Panda Bear and co-founder of Animal Collective, follow up to the hypnotically crunchy “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” LP released earlier this year. The remix EP features old, borrowed and new tracks including the title track “Crossroads,” a remixed version of the original track found on The Reaper.
Grimes – “Belly of the Beat” (Art Angels, 4AD)
Grimes’ fourth album, Art Angels, is Canadian producer Claire Boucher’s most accessible album yet, channeling K-pop teen bopping sounds and millennium pop-jock jams. The track “Belly of the Beat” details what music can do and the power it holds.
Deradoorian – “Beautiful Woman” (The Expanding Flower Planet, Anticon)
Angel Deradoorian, aka Deradoorian, is the former bassist in Dirty Projectors, a member of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks and a collaborator with Flying Lotus. Her debut solo LP The Expanding Flower Planet was released earlier this year. The track “Beautiful Woman” starts with a garage-soul sound and rolls into ghostly cascading harmonics.
Kishi Bashi – “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” (String Quartet Live, Joy)
Kishi Bashi is Kaoru Ishibashi’s self-recorded and self-produced project. Ishibashi is a founding member of Jupiter One as well as a member of the band Of Montreal. His newest album String Quartet: Live! features a unique cover of the Talking Heads’ classic “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).”
Mutemath – “Stratosphere” (Vitals, Wojtek Records)
New Orleans electro-rockers MUTEMATH are back with their fourth full-length album. The track “Stratosphere” is filled with crashing waves of synth and groovy, dreamy musings, featuring the band’s famed instrumentals.
Mark McGuire – “The Undying Stars” (Beyond Belief, Dead Oceans)
Beyond Belief is Mark McGuire’s second full-length album. Though known for his virtuosic multitracked guitar playing with Emeralds, McGuire plays every bass, synth, piano note and beat on the album himself. “The Undying Stars” is a prime example of McGuire’s multifaceted artist ability.
Babes – “I Want Love” (Untitled [Five Tears], Barsuk)
Family band Babes’ work on their first full-length record resembled a family road trips, recording the entire Untitled [Five Tears] album on a mobile rig as they bopped around LA. The traveling sessions resulted in an album full of ’80s pop-like songs about heartbreak such as “I Want Love.”
Jennylee – “Never” (Right On!, Rough Trade)
Jennylee’s newest album Right On! comes out later this month. Our first listen comes with the dreamy, melodic track “Never” which features Jennylee’s breathy vocals against hurried drum beats.
Tinariwen – “Tamatant Tiley” (Live in Paris, Anti-)
Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their newest album Live in Paris features their growling electric guitars and slow, soulful vocals, expressing the aspirations of their people.
Neil Young – “On the Way Home” (Bluenote Cafe, Reprise)
Bluenote Café is Neil Young’s latest Performance Series release from the Neil Young Archives. The album collects various performances captured during Young’s 1988 tour.
Poets of Rhythm – “Smilin’ (While You’re Cryin’)” (Discern/Define, Quannum)
In the early ’90s, Poets of Rhythm perfected the sounds and rhythms of ’60s and ’70s American funk. In the process, they became one of first and most influential practitioners of retro-soul.
The Dap-Kings – “Thunderclap” (Daptone Gold II, Daptone)
Daptone Gold II is a double LP, featuring 21 tracks hand-picked by Daptone staff, musicians and fans. The album also features exclusive tracks including dance-floor dominator, “Thunderclap.”