Monthly Archives: January 2020

Orthy – Fable Living [Hollow Sound Music]

From promoter: “Thick shuffling bass lines are simultaneously at home with fans of French Touch and Lagos Disco Inferno. Guitars and synths so crystalline it would make Scritti Politti blush. The result is Fable Living, a disco-tinged, heart-gripping collection of bedroom pop-inspired deep grooves that will grab fans of early-80s Roxy Music, mid-80s 4AD Records, and […]

Alice Boman – Dream On [PIAS Group]

From promoter: “Dream On, the debut album from Swedish artist Alice Boman exists in a world where ambient, dream-pop, and folk merge into a unique new form. Her deeply textural, atmospheric and immersive sounds – coupled with her fragile yet engulfing and ethereal vocals create something of a vortex that listeners are sucked in by.” […]

AJJ – Good Luck Everybody [Self-Released]

From promoter: “AJJ frontman Sean Bonnette can summarize the band’s new album, Good Luck Everybody, in a single sentence: “Sonically, it’s our least punk record, and lyrically, it’s our most punk record.” While still rooted in the folk-punk sound AJJ has become known for, the album is unafraid to delve into new territories that test […]

Deserta – Black Aura My Sun [Felte]

From promoter: “Deserta‘s Matthew Doty spent much of the 2000s in the band Saxon Shore with a musician you may know, Josh Tillman (Father John Misty). This new project finds finds Doty expanding on the music he made as Saxon Shore by incorporating influence from shoegaze and dreampop greats like Slowdive and Cocteau Twins.” Label: Felte […]

REAL ESTATE – Paper Cup (feat. Sylvan Esso) [Single] // [Domino]

Real Estate’s “Paper Cup” is a shimmering disco-inspired track that signals a new direction for the band while staying true to their wistful indie rock roots. This track contains the first ever feature on a Real Estate song, with guest vocals from Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso. Delicate vocal harmonies by Meath and lead singer Martin […]

A2VT – Twenty Infinity (Mercury Rising Music) [LOCAL]

A2VT is an Afropop group founded by African refugees in the Burlington area. Their latest album is all bright, shiny dance beats and hooks, with lyrics (in English, Swahili and Maay Maay) tackling both lighthearted and serious topics. Highly recommended! Track Picks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid

Snoh Aalegra — I Want You Around ft. 6LACK Remix (SINGLE) // Artium Recordings

From Promoter: “One of the most exciting voices in recent time, Iranian / Swedish singer and songwriter Snoh Aalegra is back with a new remix of her HUGE UAC hit I Want You Around feat. 6LACK!” Sick remix, give this one a listen! Label: Artium Recordings FCC: Clean RIYL: Jorja Smith, 6LACK, Raveena, Mac Ayres

Haleek Maul — Halo ft. Mick Jenkins (SINGLE) // Lex Records

From Promoter: “New music from NY emcee Haleek Maul – new album coming on Lex Records…soon!” Channeling his multi-cultural background he alternates between technical raps and fleeting moments of Caribbean vocal rhythms. Label: Lex Records FCC: Clean RIYL: Jidenna, Burna Boy, Rapsody, GoldLink

REMA — Bad Commando // Mavin Records

From Promoter: “Nigerian artist Rema was included in Barack Obama’s summer playlist this year and is ready to take over the world’s listeners with his afro-beat + trap hybrid.” Super funky beats and vocals on this one, give it a listen! Label: Mavin Records / Jonzing World Start w/: All! FCC: Clean RIYL: Burna Boy, Young Thug, Tiwa Savage, […]

Wiki — OOFIE // Wikset Ltd

From Promoter: “Previously one third of pioneering NYC hip hop group Ratking, Wiki released his second solo studio album, featuring Denzel Curry, Princess Nokia, duendita, Lil Ugly Mane and more.” Label: Wikset Ltd FCC: 13 Start w/: 3,4,11 RIYL: Danny Brown, Denzel Curry, Tyler, The Creator

TOKiMONSTA — Fried for the Night ft. EARTHGANG (SINGLE) // TOKiMONSTA Music

From Promoter: “TOKiMONSTA just announced the release of her first album in three years, Oasis Nocturno, out via her own Young Art Records on March 20 – listen to fiery new single feat. EARTHGANG!” A rad combination of genres, enjoy TOKiMONSTA’s extremely clean production on this one ! Must play! Label: TOKiMONSTA Music RIYL: Shlohmo, Flying Lotus, […]

Thundercat — Black Qualls ft. Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington (SINGLE) // Brainfeeder

From Promoter: “The unruly bounce of new single “Black Qualls” is classic Thundercat, teaming up with Steve Lacy and funk icon Steve Arrington. It’s another example of Stephen Lee Bruner’s desire to highlight the lineage of his music and pay his respects to the musicians who inspired him. Discovering Arrington’s output in his late teens, […]

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettal EP

  Release date: January 17, 2020 Label: ATO Records Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have always been influenced by metal. Now with their new EP Mettal, they’re showing off fascinating interpretations metal classics. Mettal features covers of Battery by Metallica, Seasons In The Abyss by Slayer and Holy Wars…Punishment Due by Megadeth. This shreddy flamenco take on […]

Sun Below – Volume III

Release date: October 31, 2019 Label: Self-Released Sun Below is a heavy stoner/doom power trio from Toronto. Playing a signature brand of self-described “Sativa rock”, a combination of fuzz, volume, and heavy grooves, Sun Below seeks to spread their loud, heavy, and smoky sound to the masses. Green Visions chugs and churns with massive grooves at […]

The Flaying – Angry, Undead

Release date: March 22, 2019 Label: PRC Music The Flaying is a death metal band hailing from Quebec City. They unleashed Angry, Undead in 2019 and the album has been generating some buzz. The album churns out death metal jams with blood-spraying savagery. Place Du Parvis is a ripper that knocks the wind out of you […]

Princess Nostalgia – Thank Heavens 4 Opposable Thumbs (Self-released) [LOCAL]

This UVM singer-songwriter-producer’s debut album is full of slick, shiny synths, vocals often drenched in autotune, funky guitars and deeply hooky grooves, all coming together to form a low-burning collection of electronic alt-pop. Track Picks: 1, 3, 5 FCC: 4 RIYL: Mitski, Maggie Rogers, Lorde

AVEY TARE – Conference of Birds/Birds in Disguise [Domino]

“New York artist Avey Tare’s latest EP Conference of Birds / Birds In Disguise is a hypnotic and spacey exploration into indie pop music. Tare got his start as a member of Animal Collective and from there branched out to a number of different projects and collaborations to expand his songwriting ability and back catalogue. […]

DEVON GILFILLIAN – Black Hole Rainbow // Capitol

From promoter: ” Nashville singer/songwriter Devon Gilfillian is giving R&B and soul a modern twist on his debut record Black Hole Rainbow. Born in Philly, Gilfillian first made a name for himself as the drummer and singer of Cafe Ole but relocated to Nashville in 2013 to find a community appreciative of his blend of social […]

of Montreal – UR FUN [Polyvinyl]

From promoter: “On UR FUN, Barnes is more candid than ever, presenting ten concise electro-pop songs that expose the depths of his current life, his private thoughts-both optimistic and brooding-and his passionate relationship with songwriter Christina Schneider of Locate S,1.” Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: 3 RIYL: MGMT, Prince, Beck

Elliot Moss – A Change In Diet [Grand Jury]

From promoter: “Elliot Moss‘ third album is inspired by large personal changes reflected in his songwriting, and is more raw and uninhibited sound than his previous work, each song awash with vivid imagery and self-reflection.” Label: Grand Jury Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: James Blake, Lo Fang, Jack Garret, Bon Iver

Caveboy – Night In The Dark, Kiss In The Dark [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Caveboy might not be a household name in America yet, but you’ll want to add this eclectic indie pop trio to your playlist ASAP.  Based in Montréal, Canada, Caveboy consists of guitarist and vocalist Michelle “Minty” Bensimon, bassist Isabelle Banos, and drummer Lana Cooney—all women, all queer-identified or vocal allies to the LGBTQ community.” Label: Self-Released […]

Field Music – Making A New World [Memphis Industries]

From promoter: “Historical gravitas and art pop zip…all delivered with Field Music‘s customary artful intelligence and verve.” Label: Memphis Industries Start w/ 3, 8, 10, 17, 18 FCC: Clean RIYL: Dirty Projectors, of Montreal, Corridor

Oliver Spalding – Novemberism [Monotreme]

From promoter: “Oliver Spalding is a 23 year-old UK artist with musical roots firmly based in the realm of folk, kindred to its probity and emotional weight. His solo voyage has this at its heart, dressed in delicate electronics, waves of epic grandeur and dauntless honesty, lyrically and sonically, throughout.” Label: Monotreme Start w/ 2, 4, 7, […]

String Machine – Death of the Neon [Know Hope]

From promoter: “It would be easy enough to make an attempt at some pointless term of categorization: psychedelic folk, indie rock, post-folk, or if this were the 90s they would probably be dumped into that “alternative” catch-all. But to experience String Machine, either live or on Death of the Neon, is to enter a unique […]

A Girl Called Eddy – Been Around [Elefant]

From promoter: “Erin Moran appeared out of nowhere in 2001 as A Girl Called Eddy with an EP on indie label Le Grand Magistery that showcased a talent that had her being compared to Karen Carpenter, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Rickie Lee Jones, and Prefab Sprout. She then hooked up with Richard Hawley to make […]