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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 22nd that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

A$AP Ferg – Always Strive and Prosper (RCA Records)


Always Strive and Prosper is an enigmatic, unpredictable and exhilarating new school hip hop album.  A$AP Ferg throws tons of stylistic changes throughout, and succeeds greatly at most of these.  There is everything from old school to trap, from house to radio ready singles, and there’s even some hypnotic hallucinatory terrain covered, which feels incredibly fresh and original.  Parts of the album feel like a crazy acid trip where you wouldn’t be surprised if some cartoon characters appeared out of thin air and started dancing in front of your face.  A$AP Ferg swung for the fences with this one and overwhelmingly hit a home run.

Greys – Outer Heaven (Carpark Records)


Outer Heaven opens with a subdued, seemingly standard indie-rock track inspired by the murder of a teenager in Florida and then on track two covers the recent terrorist attacks in Paris over ferocious post-punk rock, which is to say, this is a heavy hard hitting album.  The serene music of the opening track mixed with its bleak lyrics giving way to the utter chaos that follows is a great illustration of how Greys seems to see the world we live in now.  Musically speaking this is a fantastic post-punk album filled with dissonance, chaos and even some memorable and catchy choruses.  There are also occasional flashes of Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto in the vocal performance of the heavier leaning punk songs on the album.  All around this is a heavy, angry album that feels totally in line with the frustrating, anger-inducing landscape we currently find ourselves in.

Dalek – Asphalt for Eden (Profound Lore Records)


Asphalt for Eden is a special sort of hip hop album, one that feels like a combination of hip hop’s past, present and future all at the same time.  The lyrical and vocal styling is a definite throwback to when hip hop was about actual rapping, flow and lyrical content, which is quite reminiscent of classic Wu-Tang Clan.  The music on Asphalt for Eden is another issue entirely.  It is no surprise that this album found its way to be released by Profound Lore, a label that is largely focused on metal releases.  This is heavy, gloomy industrial sounding, shoegaze referencing music with solid beats and even some scratching thrown in for good measure.  The combination of all these influences is really something special to behold and something awesome to listen to.

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 5!

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.


 

Outer Spaces – “I Saw You”

Outer Spaces is a new addition to the ever stellar Don Giovanni lineup, and it finds the label showcasing their softer side.  “I Saw You” is the first taste of the upcoming album A Shedding Snake and the appeal of Outer Spaces is abundantly clear over the course of this track.  This is nicely subtle but still intricate indie-rock with a wonderfully bright melodic chorus and an edge of darkness in the lyrics.  Outer Spaces cites Murmur-era Michael Stipe as an influence in songwriting and tone and the overall feel of the song is definitely reminiscent of this point of reference.  A Shedding Snake is out 5-27 via Don Giovanni.


Twin Peaks – “Holding Roses”

There is nothing quite like a great classic pop-rock song and straight out of the gate “Holding Roses” seems to be taken from a playlist of seminal classics.  Twin Peaks have crafted an immensely catchy gem with this song, combining smooth guitar riffs, clanking piano and a soaring chorus that will pop back into your head days later.  “Holding Roses” is the third taste they have provided from their upcoming album Down in Heaven, out on 5/13 via Grand Jury, and is definitely the best song of the bunch so far.


 

Islands – “The Joke”

Ever since Nick Diamonds appeared on the scene as a member of The Unicorns there has been something special about his songwriting ability.  He has been able to endure some big stylistic changes over the years, releasing albums in the band Islands as well as under the name Nick Diamonds.  Islands is now prepping two albums to be simultaneously released by Manque Music on 5/13.  The two albums find Islands showing off two different styles in which they thrive.  Taste will be the more synth driven pop-rock record, while Should I Remain Here at Sea? will focus on straightforward guitar driven pop-rock.  Islands has released several singles in pairs of twos over the course of the last couple months, but “The Joke” from Taste sticks out from the bunch.  This is a very catchy, very dance-able song with a synth line straight out of The Good the Bad and the Ugly.  All of the singles from both albums have been stellar thus far making this duo of albums a definite must listen in May.


 

Car Seat Headrest – “Fill in the Blank”

Teens of Denial is already set to send Car Seat Headrest into indie rock superstardom.  Critics from all over the map have been heaping immense praise on the album for weeks now.  Most noticeably the crew at NPR’s All Songs Considered, as well as the folks at Stereogum, have essentially said it is one of the best rock albums in a while, and thus far Car Seat Headrest has been proving them right with single after single of solid rock music.  “Fill in the Blank” is the opening track of Teens of Denial and is a wonderful start and stop catchy rock song that is most fun to listen to when turned up really loud.  Teens of Denial is out 5/20 via Matador.


 

KAYTRANADA – “Glowed Up” feat. Anderson Paak

KAYTRANADA has been collaborating on other artists’ songs for a long time and is finally set to drop his debut album 99.9% on 5/6 via XL.  “Glowed Up” finds KAYTRANADA tapping into the unstoppable force of energy of 2016, otherwise known as Anderson Paak, who has been collaborating on tracks with almost everyone and also released one of the best albums of the year thus far with Malibu.  Despite the already countless really good tracks Paak has been on, “Glowed Up” may be the best yet as it essentially two fantastic tracks in one.  The first part finds Paak rapping expertly over dreamy synth layers.  All of a sudden about halfway into the song, the music drastically changes and so does Paak’s delivery.  The synths now settle into a deep groove and Paak once again proves his double threat vocal status as he beautifully croons out the rest of the song.  This is an exciting song, which reveals more of itself with each repeated listen, and also makes the upcoming album from KAYTRANADA something to look forward to.


 

PAWS – “No Grace”

PAWS is a pop-punk trio from Scotland who are prepping their debut album No Grace, which is out 6/17 on FatCat Records.  The song “No Grace” is one of the catchiest and best examples of a top notch pop-punk song.  It’s loud and fast and the vocals fly along at a incredibly fast pace, culminating in a catchy, heavy chorus.  Perhaps the most fun tidbit about PAWS and their upcoming album is that it was produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, which is evident in the overall sound of the track.  This is seriously good pop-punk music arriving just in time for the sunny days of summer.


 

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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 15th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)


Singing Saw combines straightforward folk rock with a triumphant horn section and gospel leaning backing vocals, all while being overseen by the cool, Bob Dylan-esque singing and songwriting of 28 year old music veteran Kevin Morby.  Having released several albums as a member of Woods, a couple as a member of Babies, and now his third as a solo artist, Morby knows how to write really engaging music at this point.  Singing Saw covers a lot of ground lyrically, from personal ruminations to responding to police brutality, yet the songs always stay grounded.  All that aside, this is just a great sounding folk rock album, which is a joy to listen to.

 

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic Records)


“Hello my son, welcome to Earth / May not be my last, but you’ll always be my first” is the lovely opening lyric of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, the incredibly personal new album from country artist Sturgill Simpson.  This album is a letter to his newborn son and finds Simpson equally dispensing advice and poetically describing his immense love for the newest addition to his life.  The country sound on the album generally falls into three categories: beautiful orchestral country, straightforward modern country rock and rollicking country complete with an awesome horn section.  Also, he impeccably covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”  This is all in just nine songs in under 40 minutes, making it a lean and remarkable listen.

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records)


The story of PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project is at least as interesting as the resulting album, if not more.  Harvey traveled to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to be inspired for her new album.  The Hope Six Demolition Project could therefore be described as journalistic rock music.  A lot of her observations have been met with criticism, especially surrounding the song “The Community of Hope.”  Lyrically this album is quite dour with not much hope being offered for the state of our world, which is a hard pill to swallow if you reside in a neighborhood Harvey is singing so negatively about.  Yet, there is something admirable about presenting an unfiltered, outsider perspective over engaging, messy and rough alternative rock music.  This is all around a difficult album to engage, yet a rewarding one for those who spend time with it.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow (felte)

 

 

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 8th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Parquet Courts – Human Performance (Rough Trade Records)


Human Performance is one of the rare albums that attempts a lot of different things and succeeds in creating a solid yet cohesive, exciting listen. Parquet Courts primarily creates angular rock music with tight riffs and poetic lyricism, yet they veer off here and there into quasi-rap vocal delivery and dissonant, challenging rock passages. The album’s overall weathered sound makes it feel effortlessly like an old classic rock album in the best way possible.

 

Culture Abuse – Peach (6131 Records)


Peach is filled to the brim with fast and fun punk rock music. From start to finish this is just a great album for fans of well executed punk. The guitar sound, vocals and choruses are all solid, but what really stands out is the huge, awesome sounding drums. Culture Abuse is also featured in the current issue of Ghettoblaster.

Summer Flake – Hello Friends (Rice is Nice Records)


Summer Flake thrives on creating music that is both hard and soft. On their sophomore album, Hello Friends, Summer Flake have really found their voice and honed in on their sound. This sound can easily be described as pretty, hard, straightforward music. Ethereal female vocals are mixed with reverb drenched guitars, eventually giving way to heavily distorted guitar solos in most of the songs, which is not to say that the album is one note. Each song is vital and strong and they add up to produce a really enjoyable listen.

Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)


Over the course of their first eight albums Woods has carefully cultivated and continuously tweaked their sound. What began as a straightforward lo-fi folk rock band has morphed over the years into a well produced, eclectic group of musicians. Their ninth and strongest album yet, City Sun Eater and the River of Light, finds Woods adding elements of Ethopian jazz and, most notably, an excellent horn section. What results from all these combined influences is a tight group of catchy and intricate songs.

Other Noteworthy Albums

Kweku Collins – Nat Love (Closed Sessions)


 

Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack (Atlantic Records)

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 4!

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

Summer Cannibals – “Full of It”

Summer Cannibals create straight up loud, lovely rock music. “Full of It” finds the band operating in full gear with the pedal to floor in all areas.  The guitars ring with loud punk riffs and the bass gets into a great groove with the absolutely stunning drums.  Seriously, listen to the drumming in this song.  Summer Cannibals is currently on tour with The Thermals, who are featured in the current issue of Ghettoblaster, and it’s easy to see why they were chosen.  Turn this song way up and revel in the perfect loud beauty of it.  Full Of It is out 5/27 via Kill Rock Stars.


 

case/lang/veirs – “Best Kept Secret”

Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs have combined forces and are creating music as a truly super super-group named case/lang/veirs. “Best Kept Secret” begins with magnificent strings, which quickly give way to a great straightforward melody and is eventually met by some of the best harmonies and background vocals around.  These are very well established artists successfully creating exciting and stellar art, which should inspire great anticipation for their forthcoming album.  case/lang/veirs is out 6/17/16 on Anti-.


 

Goat – “I Sing in Silence”

Goat is a Swedish hippy folk band who performs in giant wooden masks and just so happens to make beautiful earthy songs. The guitars strum in a lovely manner, the woodwinds flourish, and the melody lilts along.  All of these elements could combine into an over the top hippy folk song, but Goat knows how to steer away from this possibility and produce a truly enjoyable song.  “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake Of Addis Ababa” is out 5/27 on Sub Pop.


Moses Sumney – “Everlasting Sigh”

In “Everlasting Sigh” Moses Sumney’s vocal performance can only be described as virtuosic. Sumney floats through this beautiful song, his vocal layers piling on top of one another until the listener is overtaken by harmonies galore in a stunning crescendo.  The music is a hybrid of folk and electronic pop with a few dashes of African inspired rhythms thrown in for good measure.  This is seriously a special song that needs to be heard to be believed.  No official word on a proper debut album yet, but the rumor is there will be one later in the year.


 

Pumarosa – “Cecile”

“In media res” is the literary term for when a narrative begins in the middle of some crucial part of the action of a story and just so happens to perfectly describe how “Cecile” begins. The song opens in a somewhat chaotic manner and eventually slows itself down to a nice 80s inspired danceable pop groove.  There are hints of New Order here and there over the course of the song and when it finally breaks back down into chaos again there are shades of Thom Yorke in the vocal performance.  This is only the second song that Pumarosa has released and is hopefully an indication of great things to come.  Cecile is out 5/8 on Chess Club.


 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “People Vultures”

“People Vultures” is the newest track from the aptly and insanely named King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. This song is full of guitar riffs and pounding propulsive drumming and is really a great song to listen to for a jolt of energy.  It just keeps getting louder and more intense throughout.  “People Vultures” has a somewhat Black Sabbath vibe going on in the best possible way.  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s new album Nonagon Infinity is out 4/29 on ATO.

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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 1st that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

 

Elzhi – Lead Poison (GLOW365 LLC)

Detroit rapper Elzhi takes us back in time with his new album, Lead Poison, which is heavily inspired by 90s hip-hop. This makes sense as Elzhi made his start in the late 90s with rap group Slum Village. He’s been recording solo albums for several years now and Lead Poison is one of his finest. The beats are solid loops and the emphasis here is on fantastic lyricism and stellar flows. Overall, it’s a melancholy affair focusing on storytelling rap with occasional turns to the surreal.  Apparently this album was actually released on March 25th but it slipped under the radar and we wanted to cover it anyway.

Tancred – Out of the Garden (Polyvinyl)

From the beginning riff of opener “Bed Case” to the fading guitar distortion of closer “Pretty Girls,” Tancred brings us a hugely enjoyable power pop ride with Out of the Garden. Comparisons to Weezer and The Breeders abound in the best possible way. The choruses are catchy, the music is loud and each song is a joy to listen to.

Tacocat – Lost Time (Hardly Art)

Lost Time is a strange, yet super fun listen. The album opens with a track titled “Dana Katherine Scully,” an ode to the character from The X-Files, and the clever humor never wavers throughout. This is an album that inspires as much head bobbing as it does laughing as the music is very well executed power pop. There are some definite heavy parts, both musically and lyrically, but even in these moments Tacocat’s wonderful sense of wit is present.

Laura Gibson – Empire Builder (City Slang)

Empire Builder is a beautiful singer-songwriter album with pop song structures and occasional shades of country. Laura Gibson alternates largely between pop songs, which contain interesting percussion and perfectly produced string arrangements, and slow burning folk songs with introspective lyrics and country influences. The mix between these two styles makes for an unpredictable and endlessly interesting listen.  She is also featured in the most recent issue of Ghettoblaster, out now!

Other Noteworthy Albums

This week was so full of great albums we couldn’t cover them all!  Below you’ll find other noteworthy albums to check out.

Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing (Bayonet Records)


 

Black Mountain – IV (Jagjaguwar)


 

Mike and the Melvins – Three Men and a Baby (Sub Pop)


 

Autolux – Pussy’s Dead (Columbia)

 

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday March 25th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Littler – Of Wandering (Birdtapes)

Of Wandering, the debut album from Philadelphia band Littler, is one of the year’s most enjoyable albums to listen to.  Littler has a nice dynamic of girl/guy singing over rough power pop music, with definite similarities to The Breeders.  These are tough rocking songs with fantastically catchy choruses.  The album chugs along at a wonderful pace and all of a sudden is finished, leaving you the desire to start it from the beginning once again.  Of Wandering takes you back to your mid-twenties when you wrestled with the desire to finally grow up and get things figured out, yet still wanted to have fun.

Eric Bachmann – Eric Bachmann (Merge Records)

After years creating music as the front man of indie rock legends Archers of Loaf and then Crooked Fingers, Eric Bachmann is back with an absolutely stunning self-titled album.  Eric Bachmann is filled with nine songs centered around impeccable lyricism, bright piano and dazzling harmonies, making for a truly beautiful album.  There are several stylistic ventures along the way, including country, doo-wop and alternative rock, but the songs are perfectly paced throughout the album so they never seem out of place.  If you’re a fan of great lyrics sung in intricate melodies, you should definitely check out this album.

Domo Genesis – Genesis (Odd Future Records)

There is nothing in music quite like a great hip-hop debut album and Genesis from Domo Genesis is just that.  This is a very personal album and includes bits of storytelling, which illuminate pieces of his life: a message from his mother at one point and a phone call from a friend in prison where Domo tells him that he just finished the album.  These points of departure from music let us know that this album is a living organism to Domo Genesis, one that has been long in the making.  Genesis is also a really solid hip-hop album in its own right.  The songs are well produced and interesting musically, presenting a quasi-jazz feel that is accessible and challenging at the same time.  Overall, this is a special debut from a promising rapper with great beats and just the right amount of storytelling.

Bob Mould – Patch the Sky (Merge Records)

Wait a minute.  The former front man of Archers of Loaf and the former front man of Husker Du released albums on the same day from the same record label? Nice work Merge, you know how to make this demographic very happy!  Whereas the former former front man has largely traded in guitar riffs for piano riffs, Bob Mould has returned with a riff-tastic new album about grief and loss.  Mould has experienced the loss of both his parents in a relatively short amount of time, and the lyrics of these songs search for guidance, strength and understanding in the darkness.  Although the subject matter is dour, the music is catchy and easy to absorb, making for a triumphant feeling overall.  Again, this album has guitar riffs right, left and center all throughout and they are fantastic sounding guitars at that.  Any fan of Bob Mould will love this album and anyone who is unfamiliar with Bob Mould but enjoys catchy rock songs with great riffs will find something new to celebrate.

Other Noteworthy Albums

This week was so full of great albums we couldn’t cover them all!  Below you’ll find other noteworthy albums to check out.

The Thermals – We Disappear (Saddle Creek Records)

Night Moves – Pennied Days (Domino)

The Sun Days – Album (Run for Cover Records)

exmagician – Scan the Blue (Bella Union)

 

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 3

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

 

Mr. Lif – World Reknown (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)
Two early-2000’s underground hip-hop kings unite for an utterly old school, fantastically fresh and just plain awesome track.  Neither Lif nor Del have missed a beat over the years and, in fact, sound rejuvenated as they trade lines back and forth at a frenetic pace like so few hip-hop artists do these days.  The production, with its futuristic swirling keyboard, sounds like The Roots circa Things Fall Apart and is the perfect complement for these two.  Mr. Lif’s new album, Don’t Look Down, is out from Mello Music Group on  4/15/16.

The Gotobeds – Real Maths/Too Much
In 2014 The Gotobeds released a phenomenal and criminally overlooked punk rock album titled Poor People are Revolting.  They are back this year after being picked up by Sub Pop and are readying their next release Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, out on 6/10/16.  The Gotobeds have a sort of hybrid-punk sound, bringing to mind bands like Wire, The Fall and even Devo.  The first taste of the new album they’ve provided is a schizophrenic punk song, going all over the place in a short amount of time and leaving you wanting more.

Eagulls – Skipping
Every single released thus far (see also: “My Life in Rewind” and “Lemontree”) from Eagulls upcoming sophomore release Ullages would sound right at home on a mix next to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure and Cocteau Twins, and, “Skipping” is no different.  Right away they draw you in with the chugging bass line and never let up throughout the rest of the track.  Based on the immense strength of the three singles released so far, make sure to circle 5/13/16 on the calendar and pick up Ullages from Partisan Records.

Andy Shauf – The Magician
Last year, Andy Shauf released The Bearer of Bad News, which he recorded in his basement in Regina, Canada with a new found love for the clarinet and an acoustic guitar his grandfather left for him.  Shauf played every instrument on the album and put out one of the most interesting and heartbreaking singer-songwriter albums of the year.  He’s back again this year after being picked up by Anti- Records and will release Party on 5/20/16.  Anti- describes the upcoming album as a “tightly narrated thirty-eight minutes, all set to ornate arrangements of fuzzed-out guitars, string sections, clarinets and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums.”  Immediately upon listening to “The Magician” the benefits of a larger label and most likely better recording equipment, are incredibly evident.  The intricate instrumentation is all crystal clear and perfectly balanced, making for a really beautiful, yet strange song.

Yeasayer – Gerson’s Whistle
“Gerson’s Whistle” from Yeasayer’s upcoming album, Amen & Goodbye, is a hypnotic, meandering and wonderfully catchy song.  It slowly brings you in with lovely harmonies, strange synths and driving percussion, before taking off in several different directions.  This is an endlessly enjoyable, creative and just plain interesting song to listen to.  It’s also pretty weird!  Amen & Goodbye is out 4/1/16 on Mute.

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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday March 18th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free (Waterfront Records)
Waterfront Records describes the new album from The Drones in the best possible way: “Feelin Kinda Free is a bad trip you can dance to. It’s a punch in the brain.”  The Drones are an Australian band with lyrics largely about Australian politics; however, lack of knowledge on the subject matter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this album.  Vocally, The Drones sound like a wonderful cross between Nick Cave and Joe Strummer, of the Clash.  Musically, this time around, they provide an interesting marriage between the frenetic and unpredictable sounds of Sonic Youth with the eschewed pop styling of tUnE-yArDs.  If it sounds like a strange combination of references, it is, and it works gloriously.  This is quite a difficult, yet endlessly rewarding listen for those who like their music with the roughest of edges.

Damien Jurado – Visions of Us on the Land (Secretly Canadian)
Damien Jurado has been the best, and most consistent singer-songwriter in the 2010’s, and his latest album, Visions of Us on the Land, continues his long winning streak.  He is also on the cover of the most recent issue of Ghettoblaster, out this week!  This is a beautifully psychedelic set of songs, which finds Jurado embracing a sound seemingly inspired by Western films.  Seeing the tracklist number 17 songs could seem like a dense listen, but each song breezes by, blending into the next, over the course of only 52 minutes.  Visions of Us on the Land is a must listen for fans of singer-songwriter music, as is every album Damien Jurado has put out since 2010.

Baauer – Aa (LuckyMe Records)
Ever since Baauer exploded on the scene with the insanity of “Harlem Shake,” listeners have been waiting for him to release an album as great as Aa.  This album is filled to the brim with straight bangers.  Aa should break your sound system, if it doesn’t then you need to turn it up louder.  The sequencing of Aa is also something special to note.  The songs that comprise the front half of the album are all just Baauer doing his own thing, while the songs on the back half of the album are all songs that feature guest vocalists.  This dynamic makes for an interesting and fulfilling listen from start to finish.  Please listen if you’re interested in some of the most enjoyable and creative electronic dance music around.

 

 

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 2

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify, as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please, sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

Greys – “No Star”
The song “No Star” from Greys’ upcoming album, Outer Heaven, is a raucous and paranoid journey inspired by the recent attack in Paris.  It opens with the distressed lyrics: “Don’t shoot I’m not the enemy / They want you to be scared of me” and as the song goes on it continues to stir this foreboding atmosphere.  This is for fans who like their punk music harsh, heavy and furious.  Outer Heaven is out 4/22 on Carpark Records.

Night Moves – “Carl Sagan”
Minneapolis duo Night Moves make dreamy, 70’s inspired indie rock with electronic flourishes.  “Carl Sagan” is the first single from their sophomore album, Pennied Days, which is out 3/25 on Domino.  This is a song that draws you in with warm textures, only to swallow you whole in its immense sound … and then that falsetto hits!

Nothing – “Vertigo Flowers”
Philadelphia group Nothing are prepping their long awaiting album, Tired of Nothing, which is out 5/13 on Relapse Records.   In their new song, “Vertigo Flowers”, Nothing brings up some very beautiful, really loud shoegaze with great vocal melodies.  This is a song that deserves to be played as loud as possible, as often as possible.

Bibio – “Town and Country”
Bibio is an English producer and songwriter who mixes electronic and organic textures expertly alongside solid songwriting.  His new album, A Mineral Love, comes out 4/1 on Warp.  “Town and Country” is the third single from the upcoming album (see also:  “Feeling”) and finds Bibio in his catchiest, most accessible form.

Pity Sex – “Burden You”
Lush, heavy electric guitars combine with lackadaisical and despondent vocals in “Burden You,” the new single from Ann Arbor Michigan’s Pity Sex.  This song is lulling and energizing, delicate and harsh, and is really just a joy to listen to.  The sophomore album from Pity Sex is titled White Hot Moon and is out 4/29 on Run for Cover Records.

Mutual Benefit – “Not for Nothing”
Mutual Benefit thrives on strange melody sung by a distinct voice over absolutely beautiful music; all of which is put perfectly on display in “Not for Nothing.”  Simply played acoustic guitar is met by pleasant piano and some stunning strings to combine into a truly mesmerizing piece of folk music.  “Not for Nothing” is at once common AND extraordinary, which is something that is sure to be abundantly found on the new album, Skip a Sinking Stone, which is out 5/20 on Mom + Pop Records.

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