Dog Orchestra's debut EP, Meow, is a stealthy, downtempo electropop charmer that’s been in heavy rotation for us. The Berlin-by-way-of-Stockholm group has written a concise and constantly engaging five song record to share with the world. It hits all the right notes and keeps getting better on repeated listens.
Mayday is the work of a confident artist who knows how to make music better than most of 'em and couldn’t give two shits about success or failure. No two songs are alike, and they all could be massive singles in their own respective niches of dance music. Hints of hiphop, techno, acid, pop, garage, jackin, there isn’t a corner of dance music that this man isn’t afraid to touch.
After a string of three solid EPs, Tourist came into the public eye in 2015 after winning the Grammy for song of the year for co-writing Sam Smith's Stay With Me. He's been in the studio for the past two years banging out these ten other masterpieces. If this isn't the electronic album of the year, color me surprised. This is the emergence of a true talent from chill out bass producer to superstar.
In The Dogwoods by Bear Carver is a stellar debut record steeped in the past, but still manages to be forward-facing. Even its version of forward seems like a different direction than we’re all looking.
In Colour by Jamie xx is beautiful and challenging and danceable and everything I wanted out of the second xx album. It is as complete as the first xx album, with a new set of ideas and vision. Jamie is trying things here, and they all WORK.
Thank God for hip hop. Long live the Mixtape! Chicago rapper Towkio, of the Save Money crew, just dropped .WAV Theory. This is a kitchen sink mixtape, with Towkio showing vocal and lyrical dexterity that may be unsurpassed amongst his posse.
Soko sounds more comfortable and sure of herself than ever on My Dreams Dictate My Reality. While the switch in styles from her previous album is jarring at first and may alienate some listeners, it is ultimately for the better.
Rachel Keen, aka Raye, was raised in a musical family, and weaned on classic soul and jazz. These influences show up throughout her varied, layered debut, Welcome to the Winter, which includes seven songs of offbeat R&B with a natural pop glaze.