Latest project from legendary guitarist/composer celebrating music from iconic film and television scores with dream team of some of Frisell’s all-star frequent collaborators: drummer Rudy Royston,  violist Evind Kang, bass player Thomas Morgan and vocalist Petra Haden.  Conceived as not merely a homage, but a series of collectively refined interpretations of selections evoking cultural touchstones […]

Mostly Finnish contemporary works for flute and kantele, two by Bach, transcribed. Play!

Opening Flowers Sextet composed/improvised and immediately recorded these pieces for saxes, guitars, flute, piano and assorted percussion. A mix of classical/avant & jazz, mostly quiet and ethereal. Play!

Modern works for flute trio by Rorem, Saariaho, Crumb and Martinu and varying. Crumb’s Vox Balenae is 21 mins. long. Play/sample!

Grand, building synth arrangements and bouncing beats prevail as Hot Chip takes on a Springsteen classic, and carry through in three separate remixes of tunes from their most recent LP “Why Make Sense?”   Label: Domino Play: 1, 4, 5 FCC: 3 RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, YACHT, TV On The Radio

A collection of mostly American works, with single pieces from a few other countries. All contemporary and abstract. Play!

Effective orchestral transcription of the best-selling album, 40 yrs later. Alice Cooper, vocals.

Pablo Nouvelle’s second album is titled All I Need. The album is has an Electro R&B vibe with elements of Dubstep and Bass Music and Synth Dance. There’s a nice mix of uptempo and downtempo tracks with smooth male and female vocals. RIYD: Jamie Woon, Ducky, Gavin Turek Tracks: 1,3,4,7,11,15

Laser is the collaboration between Lisa Lobsinger, Paul Pfisterer, and producer Martin Davis Kinack. The music is a breezy mix of Alternative and Electronica similar to Warpaint or Little Dragon. There’s a little bit of Synth mixed as well added a lushness to the tracks. Very nice. Tracks: 2,3,7 RIYD: Warpaint, Little Dragon

The latest from artist Loryn is titled Dharma Gypsy. The music has a similar vibe to his other album Ora et Labora with a mix of Indie Rock, Dance Industrial, IDM, Folktronica, and Hip Hop. Like Ora et Labora the vocals are quirky and clever and really draw you into the tracks. As well like […]

The second solo release from Keenya is titled Moment Invisible. Similar to his full length debut, Gone Home, the music consists of Ambient Soundscapes that drift and float very serenely. This is a perfect album to relax to and let the stress of the day melt away. Tracks: All Good

Chicago trio Autograf’s track Metaphysical has been remixed. Some of the remixing artists are Daktil, Teenage Mutants, Ambassadeurs, and Eau Claire are some of the remixing artists. The music is pretty much EDM but there is a pretty good mix here. Tracks: 4,6,8

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Call it nuevo-mariachi? This all-female mariachi band from NYC plays both original & rearranged traditional songs based on this popular Mexican genre, but with lots of fusion with popular & jazz styles, & great vocals. Try it – it’s fun!

Daniela Mercury

This Brazilian singer-songwriter-vocalist social activist, & superstar is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her first album. The music reflects the Canibália movement; drawing from indigenous, traditional, & modern popular music. This recording is dedicated to her wife.

Idan Raichel

Poignant songs sung in Hebrew by this Israeli singer-songwriter, pianist, & producer. Mostly a solo effort (he even plays the drums), though Dana Zalah sings nicely on track 9. Songs are deeply personal; the lyrics are in the booklet.

Max-Hoba

Afro-soul artist from Johannesburg mixes elements of pop & soul with traditional South African chorus & rhythms (esp. #1,12) plus a dash of hip hop (9,13), acapella (10), & more.

Sort of wistful works for strings and piano, but with tension. Nice!

A collection of works, mostly abstract and a bit sad and quiet. Play most!

Gorgeous works by two composers with Jewish/Balkan elements ranging from traditional to contemporary. Play!

Highly abstract works for electronics and ensemble or solo instrument, ranging from ambient to staccato. Interesting!

Promise Everything

After a four year hiatus, Basement has reunited with it’s five original members to release this album. Songs influences range from a variety of genres, such as punk, emo, hardcore, and garage rock. The most noticeable change on this record compared to the bands previous efforts is that lead singer Andrew Fischer has almost entirely […]

We Are the Reckoning

Peter Katz is a Toronto-based folk artist, and on this album he has an exceptional ability to create songs that can appeal to a variety of listeners. The album is rather concise at only 11 tracks, but each one gets better as the album progresses. The songwriting is captivating, and can portray Katz’ emotions flawlessly. […]

The One & Only, Jackson Sturkey

On Jackson Sturkey’s debut EP, he combines elements of hip-hop, rock, reggae, and jazz music and makes songs that have a pop appeal. Each song is a little different, but can be enjoyable in it’s own right. Sturkey can spit some funky-fresh rhymes, or bellow out an emotional ballad. Also very nice use of the […]

chad valley

Chad Valley is the electro-pop project of Hugo Manuel, who is also fronts the band Jonquil. This project is known for incorporating falsetto vocals over music that sounds like it should soundtrack a candy shop. Entirely New Blue incorporates more of the electro-R&B sound that has become overdone lately. However there’s enough variety to keep […]

cheatahs

You may know the British shoegaze band Cheatahs from their excellent self titled debut which included great songs like “The Swan”, “Cut the Grass” and “Leave to Remain”. After two EPs Sunne and Murasaki, they return with their sophomore album Mythologies. This album lacks the big driving guitar riffs of their debut but experiments with […]

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