Essential Full-Length Releases
Ash Koosha - I AKA I
Ash Koosha is an Iranian composer, producer and graduate of the Tehran Conservatory of Music. He is also a software designer for whom visuals and sound often overlap. He released his debut album, GUUD, in 2015 to critical acclaim. He has followed that up in short order with I AKA I, another collection of intricately-constructed tracks.
Bleached - Welcome the Worms
Welcome the Worms is the second album from this three-piece punk outfit out of California. Since the release of their 2013 debut album, Ride Your Heart, they've experienced the less-pleasant side of life with loss of homes and relationships; experiences which influenced the writing of this album. With producer Joe Chicarelli, their sound also matures greatly on this record.
Watch: "Wednesday Night Melody"
Watch: "Keep on Keepin’ On"
Bombino - Azel
Omara Moctar is a Nigerian Tuareg guitarist whose music often addresses issues impacting his people. He risked his life in pursuit of art. The Nigerian government banned guitars for the Tuareg following the Tuareg Rebellion in 2007, and he saw fellow musicians executed. During a three-year exile, he met filmmaker Ron Wyman, who urged him to formally record his music. He released Agadez in 2011 and the Dan Auerbach-produced Nomad in 2013. His latest record was produced by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors.
Listen: "Akhar Zaman"
Charles Bradley - Changes
Charles Bradley became a new recording artist around the same age that other musicians are thinking retirement. Though he had performed for over 40 years, he released his first album, No Time for Dreaming, in 2011 at the age of 62. Positive response to the record kicked off a wave of success for Bradley, who followed it up with 2013's Victim of Love and this latest record, which (of all things) includes a Black Sabbath cover!
Watch: "Change for the World"
Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
Frankie Cosmos is the stage name of Greta Kline, daughter of actors Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline. Despite famous parents, she has been making a name for herself since 2011. She has performed with the band Porches and released her debut album, Zentropy, in 2014.
Watch: "It Is Possible/Sleep Song"
Other Full-Length Releases
Andrew Bird - Are You Serious
Watch: "Left-Handed Kisses" (featuring Fiona Apple)
Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
Listen: "Meditation" (featuring Arca)
Black Mountain - IV
Watch: "Florian Saucer Attack"
Watch: "Mothers of the Sun"
The Field - The Follower
Listen: "Raise the Dead"
Listen: "Reflecting Lights"
The Heavy - Hurt & the Merciless
Watch: "Since You Been Gone"
Watch: "Turn Up"
Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp
Listen: "Everybody Wants to Love You"
Listen: "That Woman Loves You"
John Congleton & The Nighty Night - Until the Horror Goes
Watch: "Until It Goes"
Listen: "Your Temporary Custodian"
Kaada/Patton - Bacteria Cult
Listen: "Red Rainbow"
The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You’ve Come to Expect
Watch: "Everything You’ve Come to Expect"
Moderat - III
Operators - Blue Wave
Listen: "Cold Light"
Listen: "Blue Wave"
Sasha - Scene Delete
Listen: "Bring on the Night-time" (featuring Ultraísta)
Starwalker - Starwalker
Watch: "Le President"
Terrace Martin - Velvet Portraits
Listen: "Think of You"
Listen: "Valdez Off Crenshaw"
Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
Watch: "California Kids"
Watch: "L.A. Girlz"
Yeasayer - Amen & Goodbye
Watch: "I Am Chemistry"
Listen: "Silly Me"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Battles - EP C/B EP Reissue
Battles - Gloss Drop Reissue
Listen: "Ice Cream" (featuring Matias Aguayo)
Battles - Mirrored Reissue
Chelsea Wolfe - "Hypnos"/"Flame"
Fool’s Gold Presents: Night Shift
Listen: A-Trak & Ookay - "Only One"
Listen: KRNE - "I’ll Be Good"
Sia - Colour the Small One Reissue
Listen: "Breathe Me"
Small Circle - Melatonin EP
Listen: "Please Don’t Touch the Moon"
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Reissue
Listen: "Chicago" (Demo)
Listen: "Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois"
Twenty88 - Twenty88
Watch: "Out of Love"
Listen: "Déjà vu"
Willis Earl Beal - Through the Dark
Watch: "Through the Dark"
Listen: "Lost in a Dream"
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