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Welcome to Future Sounds! Every Wednesday Ghettoblaster brings you a handful of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears. Below you’ll find songs that really stand out as essential listening. So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Kishi Bashi – Hey Big Star (Joyful Noise Recordings)


After a bout of writers block, multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi worked with programs like Ableton Live and experimented with new sounds and production techniques. The result was his existing orchestral pop sound rolled in with 70’s and 80’s influences. This is clear on Hey Big Star (presumably a nod to the band Big Star) which begins with a slide on a violin string looped until sharp shimmering 80’s synths make an appearance and drive the song, with a myriad of musical layers coming and going throughout. Kishi is great at making complex compositions and infectious vocal hooks that turn his songs into indie-pop juggernauts. This is a bright, explosive love song that is unfairly catchy and I’ve been addicted to it ever since I heard it. His album Sonderlust is out Sept.16 via Joyful Noise, and not only will it have great jams like this one, but it will see Kishi’s sound in it’s new evolved state.


Pfarmers – Red Vermin (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Last year members of The National and Menomena announced a side project (no, not EL VY) this National member was Bryan Devendorf (no not LNZNDRF) and the band is Pfarmers. Bryan, Menomena frontman Danny Seim, and composer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nelson. “Red Vermin” starts of soft and subtle, with each line of the verse punctuated with a brief musical rest and then a burst from all instruments, like a quick breath in followed by a violent exhale. The song gradually builds and ultimately erupts into a dense crescendo with horns, synths, and guitars burying the melody in a chaotic blanket of sound.  While, this band started off experimental it is much more accessible than LNZNDRF. Each band members contributions are unmistakable, this album will see them all bringing their different talents to the table to make some different than we’ve heard from them in the past.

Mac Miller feat. Anderson Paak – Dang! (Warner Bros. Records)

Following in the footsteps of Domo Genesis, Chance the Rapper, Schoolboy Q, Macklemore, KAYTRANDA, and The Game; Mac Miller has joined forces with the multi-talented Anderson Paak (I’m beginning to think it’s a prerequisite of making a rap album in 2016). I can’t complain though, Paak released a great album early in the year and his infectious, smokey vocals add a layer of production value to any track where they appear (and they’ve made a lot of appearances). This is the case with this cut from Mac Miller’s forthcoming album, The Divine Feminine, out Sept. 16 via Warner Bros. Records. Though Anderson doesn’t get all the credit, Miller’s expression of love, while often crude and misguided which is to be expected, is entertaining with some clever wordplay and an undeniable flow. Mac showed some artistic growth with last year’s GO:OD AM and now it seems he’s going off in some sort of “romantic” direction. Regardless this song is a well composed, smooth summer jam with a funky beat. It comes complete with this colorful video, where the guys are stuck in a loop of “losing” their respective lovers.

Goat – Try My Robe (Sub Pop Records)


Swedish psych-rock outfit Goat are known for their exciting live shows, their masked faces, and their eclectic blend of influences. This is the case with their new single “Try My Robe” from their album Requiem out Oct. 7 via Sub Pop. This song is driven by various stringed instruments (maybe sitar) harmonizing to make a driving folk-twang, backed by earthy percussion including handclaps, there is a Mediterannean vibe. While this song is super catchy there is an ominous undertone, especially when viewing the masked participants on the cover art, this group feels like the middle ground between The Polyphonic Spree and Slipknot. Their music gives off the air of a band of nomads and troubadours travelling around and sharing their music. This album should not be missed it will no doubt be one of the most interesting albums of 2016.



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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According to Busdriver, “Thumbs are no longer anatomical but rather the static characters of approval for a job well done. The likes that catalog our individual preferences.” And You know what? He’s right.

Thumbs is also the name of his latest full-length mixtape and it’s the follow-up to his last release Perfect Hair. As he explains it, it was created “To further explore the concept of a homogenous citizenry from his last record Perfect Hair. It draws from the defining musical tropes of the LA underground rap experience with the isolation born from racial politics fixed as a central theme.

Album release date 11/6/15



1. Hottentot Supercluster by Bun/Fumitake Tamura feat. Zeroh

2. Black Labor (as understood by Equiano) prod. by greyhat 

3. Hyperbolic 2 prod. by Mono/Poly

4. MUCH prod. by Kenny Segal Mike Parvizi MrCarmack

5. Ministry of the Torture Couch prod. by Elos feat. Hemlock Ernst

6. Worlds to Run feat. milo and Anderson .Paak prod by Kenny Segal

7. skit

8. Surrounded by Millionaires feat. Daveed Diggs

9. Great Spooks of Enormous Strength prod. by Labeatski

10. Del’s Couch feat. Del the Funky Homosapien prod. by Driver

11. Shadows and Victories prod. + feat. by Jeremiah Jae

12. NY 03 LIVE w/ Caural

13. Species of Property prod. by Labeatski



Regan John Farquhar, better known by his stage name Busdriver, is a rapper and producer from Los Angeles, California. Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the Cambodian forest you’ve surely taken note at some point. With a career that has seen a prolific output to encompass a body of work that spans 15 years with 10 albums, beginning with Memoirs Of The Elephant Man, Busdriver continues to direct his quick tongued metaphors at a fan base that’s more than happy to receive it. After years of accolades and naysayers he returns with a new mixtape Thumbs Nov. 6, 2015 on AlphaPup, which will lay the groundwork for numerous side projects and works dropping in 2016. It also features an array of guest appearances by Anderson.Paak, Milo, Hemlock Ernst, Mono/Poly & more.

Listen to the first single, “Worlds To Run” features Milo and Anderson.Paak