Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Music Friday - December 2, 2016

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

John Legend - Darkness and Light

Sonically and thematically, John Legend doesn't stray far from 2013's Love in the Future on this album; many of the songs still read as love letters to his wife. One difference on his fifth album are the range of musicians he worked with. Some aren't too surprising, with other R&B/hip hop impresarios like Chance The Rapper and Miguel. Others I found more unexpected; Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy), two artists I wouldn't have expected to be on Legend's radar.

Watch: "Love Me Now"
Listen: "Penthouse Floor" (featuring Chance The Rapper)

Vaults - Caught in Still Life

Vaults formed in 2013 and makes synthpop that feels like the midway point of Poliça and Chvrches. They first caught my ear with their early singles, "Lifespan" and "Vultures." They've released two EPs, 2014's Vultures and Cry No More last year. Caught in Still Life is their debut full-length.

Watch: "Lifespan"
Watch: "Poison"

Other Full-Length Releases

Peter Doherty - The Hamburg Demonstrations

Watch: "I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)"
Listen: "Kolly Kibbler"

The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

Watch: "Hate to See You Go"
Watch: "Ride ‘Em on Down"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert

Listen: "Tell Me, Momma"

Hamilton Mixtape

Listen: Usher - "Wait for It"
Listen: Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, & Aloe Blacc - "Wrote My Way Out"

Jean-Michel Jarre -Oxygène 3

Kweku Collins - "jump.i"

Watch: "jump.i"

Lady Lamb - Tender Warriors Club

Listen: "See You"
Listen: "We Are Nobody Else"

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Dream Synopsis EP

Watch: "Le Cactus"
Watch: "Is This What You Wanted"

The Magnetic Fields - The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees Remastered

Listen: "Lovers from the Moon"
Listen: "The Saddest Story Ever Told"

Nathan Fake - "Degreeless"

Watch: "Degreeless" (featuring Prurient)

Permit - Vol. 1

Listen: "Track #6"
Listen: "Track #5"

Star Slinger - We Could Be More

Listen: "We Could Be More" (featuring D∆WN)
Listen: "Pardon" (featuring Tunji Ige)

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