Essential Full-Length Releases
Jay-Z - 4:44
In case you didn't know, Jay-Z is married to Beyoncé. Last year, she released, Lemonade, which seemed to reference his infidelity. 4:44 serves in part as a response to that record, owning up to those transgressions. Similar to records released by his wife and sister-in-law last year, the album mixes the laying bare of personal issues with a broader community message. It also features some surprising collaborators, particularly James Blake, who also worked on Lemonade.
Watch: "The Story of O.J."
Moon Diagrams - Lifetime of Love
Moon Diagrams is the project of Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta. He's recorded his debut over the course of a decade. To construct the record, he chose thrifted LPs, based only on their covers. He took samples from the records, broke them apart and put them back together. Finally, he layered vocals on top, but never pulls away from the unique tapestry created with his ransom samples.
Listen: "End of Heartache"
Public Enemy - Nothing Is Quick in the Desert
Though no longer the most immediate group to come to mind in the modern hip hop landscape, Public Enemy has been going strong for more than 30 years and have reliably released new music every few years. The 14th studio album follows their 2015 effort, Man Plans God Laughs. Time has made them no less political, though this is not Chuck D's only channel of rage. He has also recently joined with former members of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave and B-Real from Cypress Hill as Prophets of Rage.
Listen: "Yesterday Man"
Terry - Remember Terry
Terry is a supergroup of sorts. The Melbourne, Australia-based indie pop band consists of members from UV Race, Total Control, Eastlink, and Dick Diver. Remember Terry is their sophomore album, following last year's TERRY HQ.
Watch: "Take Me to the City"
Other Full-Length Releases
Baio - Man of the World
Watch: "Man of the World"
Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Watch: "Feels" (featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean)
Listen: "Prayers Up" (featuring Travis Scott & A-Trak)
Lapalux - Ruinism
Watch: "Rotted Arp" (featuring Louisahhhh)
Watch: "Flickering" (featuring JFDR)
Washed Out - Mister Mellow
Watch: "Get Lost"
Watch: "Instant Calm"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
The Beach Boys - 1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow
Listen: "Aren’t You Glad"
Listen: "All Day All Night" (Whistle In)
Beach House - B-Sides and Rarities
Listen: "Baseball Diamond"
Clams Casino - Instrumentals 4
The Coathangers - Parasite EP
Watch: "Captain’s Dead"
Echo & the Bunnymen - It’s All Live Now
Listen: "She Cracked"
Nots - Cruel Friend/Violence 7”
Listen: "Cruel Friend"
of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Reissue
Watch: "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean"
Watch: "Gronlandic Edit"
Trouble - "Snake Eyes"/"Mother’s Gone” 7"
Listen: "Snake Eyes"
Listen: "Mother’s Gone"