Essential Full-Length Releases
Active Child - Mercy
Mercy is the sophomore album from Pat Grossi, who released his incredible debut You Are All I See, in 2011. His debut received rave reviews and even spawned a cover by Ellie Goulding of the song "Hanging On" a year later on her Halcyon album. On the follow-up, he has partnered with producer Van Rivers, who helped him to push and develop his writing and vocals.
Listen: "Never Far Away"
Ben Browning - Turns
Ben Browning daylights as the bassist for Australian band Cut Copy. He began his solo career in 2012 with the EP Lover Motion. He is following that up with his debut full-length. There's no word yet on whether to expect new music soon from his band, who released Free Your Mind in November 2013.
Watch: "Make It Easy"
Watch: "Friends of Mine"
Giorgio Moroder - Déjà Vu
Giorgio Moroder was a disco-era icon, though his career dried up a bit as disco waned in popularity. Dance, electronic, and even disco, have had a big resurgence over the past few years, making it a prime time for Moroder to come back. His first album in 30 years features vocals from a bevy of younger performers, including: Charli XCX, Kelis, Britney Spears, and Sia.
Watch: "Déjà Vu" (featuring Sia)
Watch: "Right Here, Right Now" (featuring Kylie Minogue)
Heartless Bastards - Restless Ones
Over their five albums, this Cincinnati-based band has often been compared to another Ohio act, The Black Keys. Both bands started with a minimalist blues rock sound. Recently, The Black Keys have started to stray from that sound; the Heartless Bastards seem to be following suit. Frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom promises that the album is a departure, allowing the band to grow and avoid making the same record twice.
Watch: "Gates of Dawn"
Ryn Weaver - The Fool
Ryn Weaver is one of the latest benefactors (or maybe victim - not a statement of her talent) of the hype cycle. She became an overnight sensation last summer with the release of the single "OctaHate." Her debut EP, Promises, followed not long after and now she's out with her full-length debut.
Watch: "The Fool"
Other Full-Length Releases
Czarface - Every Hero Needs a Villain
Listen: "Ka-Bang" (featuring MF DOOM)
Listen: "Deadly Class" (featuring Meyhem Lauren)
Hudson Mohawke - Lantern
Watch: "Very First Breath" (featuring Irfane)
Watch: "Warriors" (featuring Ruckazoid & Devaeux)
John Metcalfe - The Appearance of Colour
Watch: "Gold Green"
Nate Ruess - Grand Romantic
Watch: "Grand Romantic"
Outfit - Slowness
Watch: "New Air"
Purple - Silence & Remorse
Listen: "The Deepest Night"
Listen: "Never Come Back"
Slum Village - Yes!
Watch: "Love Is" (featuring Bilal & Illa J)
Listen: "Right Back" (featuring De La Soul)
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Air - The Virgin Suicides - 15th Anniversary Edition
Listen: "Playground Love" (KCRW LA Radio Jan 2000)
The Antlers - Live in London
Cold Cave - Full Cold Moon
Listen: "Nausea, the Earth, and Me"
Dave Monks - All Signs Point to Yes EP
Listen: "The Rules"
Dope: Music from the Motion Picture
Listen: Nas - "The World Is Yours"
Listen: Public Enemy - "Rebel Without a Pause"
Fucked Up - Year of the Hare
Listen: "California Cold"
Gener8ion - Bromance #21
Watch: "The New International Sound Pt. II" (featuring M.I.A.)
Listen: "Walled City"
Hotei - "How the Cookie Crumbles"
Watch: "How the Cookie Crumbles" (featuring Iggy Pop)
Mates of State - You're Going to Make It
Watch: "Staring Contest"
Listen: "Beautiful Kids"
Protomartyr/R. Ring - A Half of Seven
Listen: Protomartyr - "Blues Festival" (featuring Kelley Deal)
The Radio Dept. - Occupied EP
Listen: "It Looked Like Heaven (But Feels Like Hell)"
Raury - "Devil's Whisper"
Listen: "Devil's Whisper"
Tobias Jesso Jr. - "True Love"/"Without You" 7"
Listen: "True Love"
Listen: "Without You" (Alternate Version)
The Twilight Sad - "It Was Never the Same"
Watch: "It Was Never the Same"
Listen: The Cure - "There's a Girl in the Corner"