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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 May 6th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (XL Recordings)


99.9% is a truly special debut album with a fully developed signature sound.  KAYTRANADA makes what he has jokingly described as “black tropical house” music, mixing house, disco and soul music with hip hop and RnB. These references have been combined before, but not quite as well as KAYTRANADA does on 99.9%. Also, KAYTRANADA’s heritage growing up in Canada as a refugee from Haiti plays a part in his overall sound as he’s imbued his music with the music of his family’s homeland. 99.9% also features solid contributions from featured singers and rappers including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Syd and Little Dragon, making this an album that should not be overlooked.


 

Little Scream – Cult Following (Merge Records)


Little Scream’s new album Cult Following takes the listener on a winding journey through pop, art-rock and singer-songwriter inspired songs. This is an incredibly diverse album with ventures into multiple styles of music. Having an album cover this much terrain could come across as some sort of forced exercise; however Little Scream is able to put together a cohesive album in a singular voice. Cult Following also boasts a massive guest list as Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Owen Pallett and members of The National make appearances throughout. Overall, this is a fantastic and unpredictable listen, which couldn’t have come from anyone else.


Skepta – Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know)


Skepta takes his version of grime to a new place on Konnichiwa. Grime music is a type of rap music that originated in England in the early 00’s, made popular in the U.S. mainly by Dizzee Rascal.  Funny enough, the music is grimy with complex beats mixed with synth, string and electronic sounds and combined with rapid fire and strongly accented rapping. Konnichiwa is a very good presentation of the genre, and is an incredibly enjoyable listen overall. Skepta largely sticks to the grime formula, yet also introduces some U.S. radio friendly tracks, most notably on the Pharell produced “Numbers.” If you’re a hip hop fan and haven’t delved into grime music yet Konnichiwa is a great gateway album to get you started.

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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