Dreamgaze shoepop from this Seattle foursome that takes harmonies and production very seriously.
Rostam :: Half-Light
The person behind Vampire Weekend’s production and half of Islands’ distinctive sound shows more of his unique sonic signature on a full album of gentle songs awash in analog and digital abstractions and heavenly choruses
Lee Ranaldo :: Electric Trim
The Sonic Youth guitarist’s solo effort is not as discordant as you might expect, and features collaborations with Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline, and Jonathan Lethem (on some lyrics)
Ariel Pink :: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Off-kilter washes of synth and gothic vocals amidst psychedelic folk, rushes of prog rock, and incredibly delicate moments.
Antibalas :: Where The Gods Are In Peace
Great modern take on the Afrobeat genre, with a healthy dash of psychedelic punk.
Tony Allen :: The Source
Always adaptable and never boring, Allen’s highlife drumming is unmistakable, here set against a backdrop of a big jazz ensemble.
Hazelrigg Brothers :: Songs We Like
Jazz trio renditions of a curiously selected set of songs. Jimi Hendrix, Bartok, the Police, Led Zeppelin (twice), Steely Dan, and more all get a turn.
Lee "Scratch" Perry :: Super Ape Returns To Conquer
Returning to the seminal “Super Ape” album after four decades, Perry proves he’s adept at new technologies as well as old techniques.