Essential Full-Length Releases
AlunaGeorge - I Remember
AlunaGeorge have always been a band built on collaborations. Even before their debut album, 2013's Body Music, they had worked with Disclosure on the track "White Noise." On their sophomore album, they bring in another young production powerhouse in Flume, and rappers Leikeli47 and Popcaan, along with many others.
Watch: "Mean What I Mean"
Watch: "I Remember"
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years
Thanks to gradual line-up changes since the band formed in 2007; only one original member of Cymbals Eat Guitars remains on this record, frontman Joe D'Agostino. It's clear that D'Agostino was the primary arbiter of the band's sound, the album is a sensible continuation of their style. The album also sees the band working with another influential producer. After two records with John Agnello, they join up with John Congleton for the first time.
Watch: "4th of July, Philadelphia (SANDY)"
Kishi Bashi - Sonderlust
Kishi Bashi is Kaoru Ishibashi, a violinist and songwriter who has toured and played with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal. He released his debut album, 151a, in 2012, following it up with Lighght two years later. He seems to be holding to a two-year album release schedule. He gets some help from of Montreal in return on this one, Kevin Barnes provides bass on a track.
Watch: "Hey Big Star"
Watch: "Say Yeah"
Mykki Blanco - Mykki
Hip-hop is often a hyper-masculine industry, but there are a few artists seeking to change that view of the genre. Mykki Blanco is one of them. He has described himself as transgendered and multi-gendered, and often touches on these subjects in his music. He's claimed that he may not continue his music career and would be interested in a career as an investigative reporter focusing on LGBT issues. If he does, it would not be before releasing this debut album.
Watch: "High School Never Ends"
Listen: "The Plug Won’t"
A Tribe Called Red - We Are the Halluci Nation
A Tribe Called Red is a group of Canadian DJs, all members of First Nations tribes. Their name is an homage to the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and, similar to that group, they tackle issues that impact their community. We Are the Halluci Nation is their third album and features contributions from Tanya Tagaq, Saul Williams, and Yasiin Bey.
Watch: "We Are the Halluci Nation"
Other Full-Length Releases
Chivalrous Amoekans - Fanatic Voyage
Dawes - We’re All Gonna Die
Watch: "When the Tequila Runs Out"
Watch: "From a Window Seat"
Deap Vally - Femejism
Watch: "Smile More"
El Perro del Mar - KoKoro
Watch: "In the Woods"
Hush Moss - It Takes a Lot
Watch: "It Takes a Lot"
Watch: "Slowly Disappear"
Kool Keith - Feature Magnetic
Watch: "World Wide Lamper" (featuring B.a.R.S. Murre & Dirt Nasty)
Watch: "Super Hero" (featuring MF DOOM)
Mac Miller - The Divine Feminine
Watch: "Dang!" (featuring Anderson .Paak)
Watch: "We" (featuring CeeLo Green)
Preoccupations - Preoccupations
Sin Fang - Spaceland
Watch: "Candyland" (featuring Jónsi)
Touché Amoré - Stage Four
Watch: "Skyscraper" (featuring Julien Baker)
Trentemøller - Fixion
Watch: "River in Me"
Usher - Hard II Love
Watch: "Rivals" (featuring Future)
Listen: "Missin U"
Willie Nelson - For the Love: A Tribute to Ray Price
Watch: "Heartaches By the Number"
Listen: "Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley - Sketches for the Musical JIB
Listen: "The Wolf Song"
Listen: "The Boat Song"
Bright Eyes - The Studio Albums 2000-2011
Communions - "Don’t Hold Anything Back"/"Eternity"
Listen: "Don’t Hold Anything Back"
Led Zeppelin - The Complete BBC Sessions
Watch: "What Is and What Should Never Be"
The Luyas - Says You
Watch: "Says You"
MADEIRA - Bad Humors EP
Listen: "Come on Thru"
Peter Silberman - Transcendless Summer
Summer Moon - "With You Tonight"
Watch: "With You Tonight"