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Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love [Merge Records]

Former singer of The Slits, Hollie Cook has combined reggae, pop and R&B on her new album, Vessel of Love. Her songwriting and the instrumentation take you on a tropical adventure. Give it a listen. Label: Merge Records Start w/ 1, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hirie, Nattali Rize, Kelissa Advertisements

Vitalic – Voyager [Citizen Records]

This album is full heavy synth tracks. Vitalic has brought together pop, techno, and retro-futuristic disco to create an addicting album. It is full of mostly instrumental tracks but features singers including Mark Kerr, Miss Kittin, and David Shaw and the Beat. Label: Citizen Records Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

Starchild & The New Romantic – Language [Ghostly]

Starchild & The New Romantic, aka Bryndon Cook, is a guitarist who has toured with Solange, Chairlift, and Kindness and now has released his first solo album. His album, Language, is full of funky beats, amazing guitar riffs, and beautiful vocals. Cook has said he draws influence from Prince, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and […]

Loma – Loma [Sub Pop]

Made up of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, this group has released a mellow and quiet but amazing album. Dream pop, rock, and indie combined make this album a must listen. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Angel Olsen, A. Savage, TORRES

Bahamas – Earthtones [Republic]

Toronto singer/songwriter Bahamas – AKA Afie Jurvanen – releases his anxiously awaited 4th LP, Earthtones. This pop/rock folk album is overall amazing and every song on it should be played. It’s full of amazing guitar licks and solos, beautiful vocals, and some smooth drums. Label: Republic Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11 […]

Starcrawler – Starcrawler [Rough trade Records]

This high school has proven that metal is not dead. Their new album draws influences from grunge rock as well but is still a great listen. Label: Rough Trade Records Start w/ 3, 5 FCC: 7, 8, 10 *6 says pussy RIYL: Goat Girl, Dream Wife, The Big Moon  

Tricky – Ununiform [False Idols]

Trip Hop is a genre that originated in the 90’s in the United Kingdom and Tricky is one of its best artist. Similar to hip hop and rap, Tricky has created a great album with some awesome collaborations. Label: False Idols Start w/ 3, 6, 7, 12 FCC: 1, 8, 9 RIYL: Mina Rose, Smoky Mo, […]

David Myles – Real Love [Little Tiny Records]

Combining folk and jazz, this artist makes you feel like you stepped back in time. Considering his music to be “roots” music, this album has combined two genres seamlessly and should be next on your list. Label: Little Tiny Records Start w/ 3, 4, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elvis Presley, Chet Baker

Dent May – Across the Multiverse [Carpark Records]

If you love Elton John and Billy Joel but dig indie singer-songwriters, Dent May is the one you should be listening to. Drawing from 70’s pop and combining it with indie rock, this album has groovy rhythmic lines and a great collection of synthesizers. Label: Carpark Records Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elon […]

Hazey Eyes – Some Reason [Bear and Owl]

If you’re up at 3 A.M., this is the album to listen to. Pop music with influences from electronic and hip hop, this album is full of piano riffs, sharp synths, and other electronic phrases. Label: Bear and Owl Start w/ 1, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Flume, Odesza, Sam Smith

Seaway – Vacation [Pure Noise]

Seaway takes infectious pop hooks and perfectly combines them with punk instrumentation. With some rock influences this is a great album to listen to as we get closer to summer. Label: Pure Noise Start w/ 1, 3, 7, 11 FCC: 8 RIYL: Joyce Manor, Modern Baseball, State Champs

Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain [Italians Do It Better]

This 19 movement album composed entirely without vocals, drums, or guitar, isn’t missing a thing. These synth heavy instrumental songs are skillfully put together and full of emotion. Label: Italians Do It Better Start w/ 2, 5, 14, 18 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tangerine Dream, SURVIVE, John Carpenter

Oliver Spalding – Unfurl [Monetrome]

Full of synths, soulful vocals, and intimate lyrics, this soft electronic folk EP showcases Spaldings skills. If you are looking for some dreamy yet haunting folk songs with a pop vibe, this is the EP you should be playing. Label: Monetrome Start w/ 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Chet Faker, Francis & The […]

Mura Masa – Mura Masa [Polydor Records]

Mura Masa’s debut album, Mura Masa, features a huge guest list, including Charli XCX, Bonzai, A$AP Rocky, and more. The electronic pop DJ has used amazing beats and catchy choruses to great this amazing, underrated album. Label: Polydor Records Start w/ 1, 4, 9, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sam Gellaitry, Cashmere Cat, Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, […]

Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift [Asthmatic Kitty]

Sufjan Stevens latest release, The Greatest Gift, features outages, remixes, demos, and unreleased tracks. This is an awesome indie folk release for the artist. Label: Asthmatic Kitty Start w/ 3, 7, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron and Wine, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes

Sons of the East – Sons of the East [Metropolitan Groove Merchants]

Sons of the East is an Australian indie folk band made up of three surfers. With very unique vocals and great instrumentation, this EP is a amazing one and should be given a listen. Label: Metropolitan Groove Merchants Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Avett Brothers, The Head & the Hearts, Edward Sharpe […]

Sheridan Fox – Patagonia [Self-Released]

An indie/rock folk pop album that features some catchy lyrics and good instrumentation. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 4, 7, 8 FCC: 2 RIYL: Philip Glass

Ben Frost – The Centre Cannot Hold [Mute]

Ben Frost’s fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold, was written in 10 days and features experimental electronic music. Frost’s uses heavy synth parts to create an album that could be used as the soundtrack to a sci-fi movie. Label: Mute STart w/ 2, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Stranger Things Soundtrack, Tim Hecker, William Basinkski

Keyon Harrold – The Mugician [Legacy Recordings]

Keyon Harrold takes jazz to another level in this amazing album. Harrold’s new album features instrumental, lyrical, and spoken word jazz music, which all draw influence from rock, hip hop, soul, and blues music. Label: Legacy Recordings Start w/ 3, 4, 5, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Gary Clarke Jr., Guy Torry, Josh David Barrett

The She’s – all female rock and roll quartet [Self-Released]

This all female garage rock band has put together a pretty awesome album, all female rock and roll quartet. Featuring sick guitar parts, awesome bass lines, and beautiful percussion, this album is a great listen. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 3, 4, 6, 11 FCC: 5 RIYL: Bully, Girlpool, Mitski, La Luz, Colleen Green

Lindstrom – It’s Alright Between Us As It Is [Self-Released]

Norwegian based artist, Lindstrom has created an amazing contemporary disco album. He uses beautiful arpeggiated synths and warm and beautiful melodies to create mostly instrumental music. The album as a whole is amazing. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsytem, Hot Chip, The Field, Junior Boys, Four Tet

Vanessa Bley – Life & Death [Self-Released]

Multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Bley releases an album drawing influence from both jazz and rock. The combination of psych-rock and jazz somehow give an 80’s vibe on a few tracks. Overall this album is a great listen. Label: Self-released Start w/ 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beast Patrol, Twin Danger, Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star

Nicholas Rowe – Everything Has Beauty [Self-Released]

Indie folk artist Nicholas Rowe shows he can write great music on this new album, Everything Has Beauty. Filled with striking vocals and excellent rhythms, this album is a great listening experience. Label: Sel-Released Start w/ 2, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kurt Vile, Jason Isbell, Deer Tick, M. Ward, Conor Oberst

Surf Rock Is Dead – We Have No Friends? [Native Sound]

This rock/dream pop album, We Have No Friends?, is full of quirky melodies, smooth vocals, and great guitars. The album title refers to their lack of social life and dedication to writing music. Label: Native Sound Start w/ 1, 5 FCC: 4 RIYL: Two Door Cinema Club, Tape Waves, Acid Ghost, Twin Cabins

Lina Tullgren – Won [Captured Tracks]

Lina Tullgren’s debut album, Won, is full of uniquely played guitar parts, honest lyrics, and amazing vocals. This folk rock album shows how musically skilled Tullgren is. Label: Captured Tracks Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Palehound, Soccer Mommy