… And that’s exactly that this album is: friggin gold. Forget about what else is going on right now and just pick a track from this 4-song collaboration between two very accomplished artists. Press play. Hear those zips, horns, strings, subtle vocals, and sweet hip hop beats. You can’t miss. Release Date: 3/22/2019 Play: All […]

If you’ve heard anything from experimental electronic musician Christian Fennesz before, then you already know that this is going to get weird. It can be a fine line sometimes between great and total crap, and this has to be one of the most engaging ambient music releases of 2019 so far. Sweepingly soft, distorted, and […]

Modern works by a forgotten American composer, irregular rhythms. Play!

Based on piano, electronics, some strings, these are ethereal, flowing and mostly quiet works. Play!

Contemporary, rhythmically varying pieces with interesting instrumental combinations. Play!

Lovely pieces of poetry in Yiddish, by both Jewish and gentile poets, with strings, percussion and piano. Play!

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Sargent House  Shortly after the release of Stillicide, I got to see Helm’s Alee open for The Melvin’s. They stole the show. If this band isn’t on your radar, you’re making a big mistake. With Noctiluca, we see Helms Alee stretching their limbs and showing us new wrinkles to their sound that we’ve not heard before. […]

A fantastic album overall! A great mix of rock and psychedelic music. It also has almost a lo-fi feel to it. His music sounds a little similar to Bon Iver. Chelou creates a unique sound, and Out of Sight is an album worth listening to. Label: Concrete Dog Records Start with: 5,9, 12 RIYL: Bon […]

This alt/math rock LP has complex instrumentals with nice lyrics. It features vocals that emit strong 90s alternative vibes. He uses simple but not tired harmonies, allowing the instrumentals to take the spotlight. It’s warm, smooth, bright and progressive. Enjoyable listen! Label: Polyvinyl Records Start with: 3,4 RIYL: The Mountain Goats, Clever Girl, This Town […]

Luke Sital-Singh’s third album, “A Golden State” features whimsical tracks, riddled with melancholy and joy. His first release since relocating from the UK to California, the album sounds like sunshine, with tones of underlying sadness. The first track, “Lover” is a great start to the album, and worth a spin. Label: Raygun Records Start with: […]

The 26-year old makes her debut to the music scene with LuvHz, a Latin-infused electronic indie-pop album. She combines ukulele strums with psychedelic sounds to carve her own place in the bedroom pop genre. Growing up in Chula Vista, California but now Brooklyn-based, her heartfelt lyrics shift from English to Spanish effortlessly. In Jake Mendoza’s […]

Reminds me of the great psychedelic music from around the world in the 60s-70s. Funky fuzzed out guitar and great horns really make this an amazing album. TRY: 1,3,4,5, ALL!! RIYL: Soweto, Funky Lagos, World Psyheledic, Jazz FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Organic Andean dance with traditional and electronic instruments that has “…hints of electronica. Studies of the samba, cumbia and rhythms of African, Andean and Hindu origin…” Great stuff! Try: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10 RIYL: Nicolas Jaar, Chancha Via Circuito, Four Tet, John Talabot, El Boho FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Re-issue of a fun side project of Home, Oneida, Animal Collective, All Stars from Brooklyn area. All Joy Division songs reimagined in a super trippy dubbed out style. This album has 4 more tracks than the original – so good! Try: 1,4, 6,7 ALL RIYL: DUB! FCC:Clean         *TB Favs

Super funky and danceable mix of disco, funk, and African with fem vox in English and Ibibio. Entertainment Weekly best described them, saying, “If the United Nations’ General Assembly convened at Studio 54, Ibibio Sound Machine would easily be that night’s headlining act” Try: 2,5,6,7,9,11, RIYL: Jamiroquai, Funk, Soul, Ioka FCC:Clean

Hypnotic layers of organic electronic sound mixing Didgeridoo with dreamy Saharan vibes all backed by a groovy mid tempo bass. Some tracks have a synth techno thing going that sounds both retro and fresh. I only wish there were more! Try: ALL RIYL: Bonobo, Dr. Didg, Minimal House, Dj Cheb I Sabbah, Karsh Kale FCC:Clean   […]

Quote from the promoter sums this up well, “Ethiopian jazz tonalities, Tuareg grooves, eskista dance rhythms, Afro-funk, Somalian soul and forays into more contemporary jazz rhythms, too.” Try:3,5,6,7,9,10,12RIYL: Mulatu Astatke, Bombino, Sudan Archives, Te’Amir, Hailu Mergia Kamasi Washington FCC:Clean         *TB Favs

High energy Latin music with a BIG sound. Great mix of traditional and modern, and 100% fresh. LOVE their horns! Male vox sound authentic and unique, but keep an old school feel as well. #4 features Ozomatli and Locos por Juana! Try: 1,2,4,5,10,11 RIYL: Modern Latin Fusions FCC:Clean

Dap Kings Saxman blends Jazz with ancestral percussion and even throws in some indigenous vocals at times. The result is a funky eclectic album that grooves. The percussion definitely takes on Latin flavors and really ties the whole thing together, with his Sax floating in and out of the whole record. Try: ALL FCC:Clean     […]

London meets Lagos in a great blend of African and Electronic sounds, sounds like Afrobeat with a modern twist. Many different vocalists (M&F) singing in English and native tongue; I like some more than others. Try: 1,4, 7, 13,14,  RIYL: Soweto, Antibalas, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti,    FCC:3 & 6

Great Afrobeat album with incredible instrumentation and passionate vocals (I just wish more were not in English). Very strong horn section and percussion really stand out. Try: 1,3,4,5,11 RIYL: Antibalas, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, AFROBEAT FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Re-issue of the famed 1997 album featuring OGs of Cuban music. True masters coming together to play a variety of Cuban favs. Try: ALL ! !   RIYL: Buena Vista Social Club, Orlando Cachaito Lopez, Ruben Gonzalez, Ry Cooder FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Modern works for a variety of instruments and combinations ( trumpet, strings, piano, winds). Play!

Really interesting, modern works, varying stylistically in their classicism. Play!

Rhythmically varying, producing interesting sounds from the guitar. Play/sample!