Essential Full-Length Releases
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy
It's been 19 years since The Jesus and Mary Chain's last record, 1998's Munki, which they released just before splitting the next year. It's been ten years since they reformed, but much of that time was spent re-releasing old music and touring. Jim Reid announced that the band was back in the studio in 2015. Damage and Joy is the result of those sessions, produced by Youth.
Watch: "Always Sad"
Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
This is the debut album from Kelly Lee Owens, who was formerly the bassist for the History of Apple Pie before they parted in 2013. Her solo work can be broadly described as electronic, though she mixes elements of various substyles of the genre. She is indebted to various influences on her debut, ranging from Massive Attack to Arthur Russell, and includes a feature from another, Jenny Hval.
Watch: "Anxi" (featuring Jenny Hval)
Listen: "Throwing Lines"
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
For 13 years, Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) was married to Canadian artist Geneviève Castrée. She passed away last year following a battle with pancreatic cancer, also leaving behind a young daughter. While he was always intensely private about his marriage, his eighth studio album deals with the grief of his loss head-on. Stylistically, it's looser than his past work, representing less an effort to write traditional songs, but to exorcise his pain.
Red Baraat - Bhangra Pirates
Red Baraat is a bhangra band out of Brooklyn who also incorporate jazz and R&B. The band was founded by Sunny Jain in 2007 and released their debut, Chaal Baby, in 2010. They've become renowned for their live shows. Bhangra Pirates is their third studio release, which includes a contribution from the incredible guitarist, Steve Marion!
Listen: "Bhangale" (featuring Delicate Steve)
Other Full-Length Releases
Becca Stevens - Regina
Watch: "Queen Mab"
Watch: "Well Loved" (featuring Laura Mvula)
The Bug Vs Earth - Concrete Earth
Listen: "Don’t Walk These Streets"
Listen: "Snakes Vs Rats"
Johnny Flynn - Sillion
Watch: "Raising the Dead"
Listen: "Heart Sunk Hank"
Matthew Stevens - Preverbal
Listen: "Our Reunion" (featuring Esperanza Spalding)
Mike-WiLL Made-It - Ransom 2
Watch: "Gucci on My" (featuring 21 Savage, YG, & Migos)
Listen: "Come Down" (featuring Chief Keef & Rae Sremmurd)
Pallbearer - Heartless
Watch: "I Saw the End"
Spiral Stairs - Doris & the Daggers
Watch: "Dundee Man"
Watch: "Dance (Cry Wolf)"
Tonstartssbandht - Sorcerer
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Fucked Up - Year of the Snake
Listen: "Year of the Snake"
Hannah Lou Clark - The Heart and All Its Sin EP
Watch: "Don’t Sweat It"
Paul McCartney - Flowers in the Dirt Deluxe Reissue
Watch: "My Brave Face"
Listen: "Twenty Fine Fingers" (featuring Elvis Costello) (demo)
PINS - Bad Thing EP
Watch: "Aggrophobe" (featuring Iggy Pop)
Watch: "All Hail"