Essential Full-Length Releases
Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate
Kristin Welchez (née Gundred, aka Dee Dee) is primarily known for the Dum Dum Girls, a band for whom she has been the frontwoman since 2008. This year, she's breaking out on her own under the name Kristin Kontrol. Taking inspiration from a number of female musicians from the 80s and 90s, it's meant to be a non-genre-specific record, and serves as a way for her to reclaim her artistic identity.
Listen: "Show Me"
Leyla McCalla - A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey
Leyla McCalla is an American-born singer and cellist of Haitian descent. She was a member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, but left to start her solo career. Her first album, Vari-Colored Songs, was a tribute to Langston Hughes, consisting of interpretations of his poems. The follow-up album continues on the same themes from her debut, though without the Hughes poems as the starting point.
Watch: "A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey"
Listen: "Little Sparrow"
Maria Usbeck - Amparo
Usbeck is also stepping away from a band to begin a solo project. She was formerly the lead singer of Selebrities. Though she's of Ecuadorian descent, she's never sung in her native Spanish. Her solo debut is also her first Spanish-language album. The album was co-produced by Chairlift's Caroline Polachek.
Watch: "Uno De Tus Ojos"
Watch: "Moai Y Yo"
Olga Bell - Tempo
Olga Bell is a Russian-born American composer and musician who has performed with Chairlift and Dirty Projectors. For her third album she is turning her talents towards electronic music. The album follows her 2014 Russian-language album, Krai, and last year's Incitation EP.
Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla
Yumi Zouma is a band out of New Zealand, fronted by Christie Simpson, and this is their debut album. The album incorporates a variety of pop styles, from 70s-style disco pop to the goth pop of fellow Kiwi Lorde.
Listen: "Keep It Close to Me"
Listen: "Barricade (Matter of Fact)"
Other Full-Length Releases
Band of Skulls - By Default
Watch: "So Good"
Beth Orton - Kidsticks
Flume - Skin
Watch: "Never Be Like You" (featuring Kai)
Listen: "Wall Fuck"
Mark Kozelek - Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites
Mistah F.A.B. - Son of a Pimp 2
Listen: "Survive" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Listen: "What Yo Hood Like" (featuring Jadakiss)
Nicholas Allbrook - Pure Gardiya
Watch: "A Fool There Was"
PUP - The Dream Is Over
Watch: "If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will"
Sonny & the Sunsets - Moods Baby Moods
Watch: "Well but Strangely Hung Man"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Brenda’s Friend - House Down
Listen: "House Down"
Jarvis Cocker - Music from Likely Stories
Joey Purp - iiiDrops
Listen: "Girls@" (featuring Chance The Rapper)
Mattie Safer - All We Are
Listen: "Sea Change"
Listen: "All We Are"
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper - Everything’s Beautiful
Listen: "Ghetto Walkin’" (featuring Bilal)
Listen: "I’m Leaving You" (featuring Ledisi & John Scofield)
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves Reissue
Listen: "Golden " (Original Demo)
Listen: "One Big Holiday"
Peaches - Rub Remixes
Listen: "Rub" (Paula Temple Remix)
Listen: "I Mean Something" (JD Samson Remix)
The Strokes - Future Present Past EP
Watch: "Drag Queen"
Watch: "Threat of Joy"
Sunn O))) - NOLIFE: Alive in Moscow 11 August 2015
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "First World Problem"
Listen: "First World Problem"