Essential Full-Length Releases
Common - Black America Again
2016 has been a crazy year, politically and culturally. The landscape has inspired many musicians to use their music to respond; including Common, who felt the need to response to this year's presidential election. The album takes an honest look at the history of racism against blacks in this country. It's saddening, but something that feels wholly necessary right now.
Watch: "Black America Again" (featuring Stevie Wonder)
Listen: "Home" (featuring Bilal)
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until the Hunter
In the time since their last collaborative album, 2009's Through the Devil Softly, Hope Sandoval and Colm Ó Cíosóig both returned to their previous bands for reunion projects; 2013's m b v from My Bloody Valentine (Cíosóig) and Seasons of of Your Day from Mazzy Star (Sandoval). They started work on this album just the next year and worked with Michael Masley and Kurt Vile to bring it to fruition.
Watch: "Let Me Get There" (featuring Kurt Vile)
Listen: "A Wonderful Seed"
Jess Williamson - Heart Song
Jess Williamson comes from Texas and released her debut album, Native State, in 2014. Her sophomore album was recorded in her home state, as was her first, but she does not seek to simply recreate the record. She tackles her feelings of vulnerability, and doubts the comfort that home is supposed to bring.
Watch: "See You in a Dream"
Sasha Siem - Bird Burning
On her sophomore album, Siem uses birds to represent the phases of the soul; birth to death, and rebirth. On the record, she continues to use her considerable composition pedigree (she has written for the London Symphony Orchestra and many other venerated institutions) to create beautiful, but more pop-oriented, songs.
Watch: "Bird Burning"
Tinashe - Nightride
Tinashe has been teasing her sophomore album, Joyride, since September of last year. She's posted teaser videos, released tracks and videos from the album, and even embarked on a Joyride tour. This isn't Joyride (as you can probably tell from the title). Nightride has been in the works alongside the one she's been teasing and is intended to be the first half of the Joyride project to be completed next year.
Listen: "Soul Glitch"
Other Full-Length Releases
Alicia Keys - HERE
Watch: "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)"
Listen: "The Gospel"
American Wrestlers - Goodbye Terrible Youth
Listen: "Give Up"
Listen: "Amazing Grace"
Efterklang & Fundal - Leaves: The Colour of Falling
Watch: "Cities of Glass"
Watch: "The Colour Not of Love"
Jim James - Eternally Even
Watch: "Same Old Lie"
Watch: "Here in Spirit"
Lambchop - FLOTUS
Listen: "The Hustle"
Nick Hook - Relationships
Listen: "Gucci’s" (featuring 24hrs)
Listen: "The Infinite Loop" (featuring DJ Rashad, Chino Moreno & Nasty Nigel)
Tkay - Tkay
Watch: "Carry On" (featuring Killer Mike)
Tyvek - Origin of What
Listen: "Girl on a Bicycle"
Listen: "Tip to Tail"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Watch: Clams Casino - "Time"
Listen: Champion & Four Tet - "Flip Side"
A$AP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends
Watch: "Money Man”/“Put That on My Set"
Listen: A$AP Ant - "Runner" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
Cameron AG - Homeward Bound EP
Listen: "Walk Your Line"
Dante DeCaro - Kill Your Boyfriend
Listen: "Love Like Thieves"
Listen: "Kill Your Boyfriend"
Ex Reyes - DO SOMETHING
Watch: "Only You"
Listen: "If You Come Running"
Queen - Queen on Air
Watch: "We Will Rock You" (Fast)
Watch: "My Fairy King"
Sporting Life - Slam Dunk Vol. III
Listen: "Nothing to Hide" (featuring Dev Hynes & Wiki)
Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna Reissue
Listen: "Bella Donna" (Demo)
Listen: "Kind of Woman"
Stevie Nicks - The Wild Heart Reissue
Listen: "Wild Heart"
Toothless - "The Sirens"
Watch: "The Sirens" (featuring The Staves)