Essential Full-Length Releases
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers
I was a pretty big fan of Corinne Bailey Rae when she released her self-titled debut album in 2006, but lost interest sometime after the 2010 follow-up, The Sea. I have a renewed interest with this third album, which comes after a long break for the artist and a shift in her sound. It's a welcome departure from guitar-driven pop; more upbeat and funky, garnering comparisons to other R&B greats like Erykah Badu.
Watch: "Green Aphrodisiac"
Watch: "Been to the Moon"
The Duke Spirit - KIN
It's been a little while since we last heard from The Duke Spirit; five years since the release of Bruiser. This album was announced way back in the fall of last year and was supported by a Pledge Music campaign to help fund its release. The welcome return from the band follows a side project, Roman Remains, from Toby Butler and Leila Moss.
Watch: "Wounded Wing"
Eagulls - Ullages
There's been a good post-punk resurgence in Europe over the past several years and Eagulls have been one of the pillars of that movement. They released their debut self-titled album in 2014 to acclaim. They take inspiration from The Smiths and Cocteau Twins on the follow-up, which was recorded in their hometown of Leeds with producer Craig Silvey.
Jessy Lanza - Oh No
Oh No is the sophomore album from this Canadian electronic and R&B performer. She's following up a well received debut, Pull My Hair Back, released three years ago, and is once again working with Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan.
Watch: "It Means I Love You"
Listen: "VV Violence"
Other Full-Length Releases
Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds
Watch: "Dead Eyes"
Listen: "Stuck in the South"
Aerial East - Rooms
Watch: "Crazy Now"
Head Wound City - A New Wave of Violence
Listen: "Born to Burn"
Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau
Watch: "Fallin’ Rain" (featuring Jim James)
Watch: "That’s How I Got to Memphis"
Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun
Watch: "Sad Alron"
Listen: "Beautiful People" (featuring Thom Yorke)
Michaela Anne - Bright Lights and the Fame
Listen: "Luisa" (featuring Rodney Crowell)
Listen: "Worrying Mind"
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow
Watch: "Eaten by Worms"
Watch: "Vertigo Flowers"
Pinkwash - Collective Sigh
Sylvaine - Wistful
Listen: "A Ghost Trapped in Limbo"
Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven
Watch: "Walk to the One You Love"
Young Magic - Still Life
Watch: "Default Memory"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
Watch: "No Problem" (featuring 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)
Watch: "Angels" (featuring Saba)
Colleen Green - Colleen Green EP
Listen: "Between the Lines"
Listen: "Green My Eyes"
Faye - Faye EP
Listen: "Yellow Canary"
Listen: "Ancient Bones"
Gordi - Clever Disguise EP
Watch: "Can We Work It Out"
Listen: "Nothing's As It Seems"
Lil Silva - Jimi
Watch: "De Ja" (featuring Kent Jamz)
Listen: "Caught Up" (featuring Cosima)
Miles Davis - The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection
Listen: "Miles Ahead"
New Order - Complete Music
Listen: "The Game" (Extended Mix)
Listen: "Plastic" (Extended Mix)
The Staves - Sleeping in a Car
Watch: "Sleeping in a Car"
Surfer Blood/Lil Bub - "Evil Cat"/"Bob the Builder"
Toothless - Terra
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary Reissue
Watch: "I’ll Believe in Anything"
Listen: "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son"