Essential Full-Length Releases
Fatima Al Qadiri - Brute
Fatima Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti producer and artist who has built to strong solo career for herself starting with a 2010 mixtape for DIS Magazine under the name Ayshay. Last year, she partner with three other musicians as Future Brown and released a self-titled album with them. Incorporating sounds from protests, her sophomore album was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and her own experiences with demonstrators clashing with authority.
Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered
Kendrick sure loves his surprise releases; last year's opus, To Pimp a Butterfly, was released in March with little forewarning and this follow-up is no different. The album consists of demos from the recording of To Pimp a Butterfly and contains many of the same themes. None of the tracks have names, they are just identified by a datestamp.
Loretta Lynn - Full Circle
Loretta Lynn is a strong enough songwriter-singer (that's the order she prefers it) that I can overlook some questionable political endorsements. The legendary country star is 83 years old and in her sixth decade of creating music. She's slowing down just a little bit, this is her first album in 12 years, but she still shows the same prowess in the songs she's created.
Listen: "Everything It Takes" (featuring Elvis Costello)
Listen: "Who’s Gonna Miss Me?"
Poliça - United Crushers
United Crushers comes after a bit of a whirlwind period for Poliça, and especially members Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olson who got married and had a child last year. Through all of that, the band finished writing and recording the album. This is another record inspired by protest, as protests were erupting in the band's home city of Minneapolis as they were preparing the album.
Watch: "Lime Habit"
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's fourth album was produced by tUnE-yArDs' frontwoman Merrill Garbus. It's a move that marries Garbus' signature idiosyncratic funk with Thao Nguyen's unique brand of folk. The album is also a more personal outing for Nguyen, who has often tackled social issues in her music. Here, she deals with her own past and her relationship with her father.
Watch: "Astonished Man"
Watch: "Nobody Dies"
Other Full-Length Releases
Big Ups - Before a Million Universes
Watch: "National Parks"
Listen: "Hope for Someone"
Carter Tanton - Jettison the Valley
Listen: "Through the Garden Gates"
Listen: "Twentynine Palms" (featuring Sharon Van Etten)
The Coral - Distance Inbetween
Watch: "Chasing the Tail of a Dream"
Watch: "Miss Fortune"
Guerilla Toss - Eraser Stargazer
Listen: "Diamond Girls"
Listen: "Grass Shack"
Kano - Made in the Manor
Watch: "3 Wheel-ups" (featuring Giggs)
The Knocks - 55
Watch: "I Wish (My Taylor Swift)" (featuring Matthew Koma)
Listen: "Best for Last" (featuring Walk the Moon)
La Sera - Music for Listening to Music To
Watch: "10 Headed Goat Wizard"
Watch: "I Need an Angel"
Låpsley - Long Way Home
Watch: "Love Is Blind"
Lionlimb - Shoo
Watch: "Bored Today"
Listen: "Just Because"
M. Ward - More Rain
Watch: "Girl from Conejo Valley"
Melaena Cadiz - Sunfair
Watch: "At the Symphony"
Listen: "Last Night in My Dream"
Miike Snow - iii
Watch: "Genghis Khan"
Watch: "Heart Is Full"
Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are
Watch: "Cold to See Clear"
Prince Rama - Xtreme Now
Listen: "Now Is the Time of Emotion"
Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
Watch: "Hey, No Pressure"
Listen: "In My Own Way"
Robert Pollard - Of Course You Are
Listen: "My Daughter Yes She Knows"
Listen: "Of Course You Are"
Samiyam - Animals Have Feelings
Listen: "Mr. Wonderful" (featuring Action Bronson)
Sound of Ceres - Nostalgia for Infinity
Watch: "Bryn Marina"
Listen: "My Spiral Arm"
Tiga - No Fantasy Required
Listen: "Planet E"
Listen: "Don’t Break My Heart"
TOKiMONSTA - Fovere
Watch: "Put It Down" (featuring Anderson .Paak & KRNE)
Listen: "Giving Up" (featuring Jonny Pierce)
Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything
Wussy - Forever Sounds
Watch: "Dropping Houses"
Watch: "She’s Killed Hundreds"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
The Big Pink - Empire Underground EP
Listen: "Beautiful Criminal"
Day Wave - Hard to Read EP
Listen: "Hard to Read"
et aliae - Rose EP
Listen: "Sober" (featuring D∆WN)
Listen: "Only U"
Innerspace Orchestra - "One Way Glass"
Listen: "One Way Glass"
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation - "Sunny Afternoon"
Watch: "Sunny Afternoon"
Listen: "Lucid Sapphire"
The Little Flames - The Day Is Not Today
Listen: "The Day Is Not Today"
Listen: "Close My Eyes"
The Long Road
Listen: Robert Plant - "The Blanket of Night"
Listen: Kindness - "A Retelling"