Release Date Buffet: 06/08/2018

Directory:

Quick Impressions

Rock

Post-Rock/Metal

Folk/Country/World

R&B/Soul/Funk

Electronic

Hip-Hop

Reissues/Compilations/Soundtracks

Quick Impressions:

Billy & Dolly – Five Suns
Producer: Billy & Dolly
Label: Shit Krystal
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Quick Impressions:
Surf Rock and Noise Rock collide with a touch of folk to create a modern psychedelic mish-mash gish-gallosh of heavy rambling guitars and synthesizers straining like theremins to make London and San Francisco ’68 come alive again, 50 years on. Hell, it even strikes a weird modernist cross between Revolver and III; For a six-year layoff that’s ballsy, Bill & Dolly, ballsy. Your new record isn’t half-bad either.

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Boy Azooga – 1, 2, Kung Fu!
Producer: Davey Newington
Label: Heavenly
Genre: Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Rock
Quick Impressions:
A tale of two records—when Boy Azooga are at their best, it’s a healthy combination between alternative fuzz, psychedelic bong rips and roaring riffs. At their worst, they delve into a mucky dreampop posing as Neo-Psychedelia. It’s more the latter than the former, but uh, that dreampop element is gonna need some work, Ray Azooga.

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Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking Up Space EP
Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Alternative Rock
Quick Impressions:
Dead Sara vacillates between a plucky-punk and garage burnout band on this EP. Like Weezer met Haim and had a baby. Perhaps this is a temporary EP taking up space between now and the next album? Most definitely it’s an attempt to merge together punk and noise rock together with a little R&B punch. On “Anybody,” “One Day We’ll Make It Big” and “Heaven’s Got a Back Door,” are all deceptively catchy and that might be what tips the scales, but yawns still escape my ironclad teeth on “Times To Remember,” “What It Takes” and “Unamerican.”

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Flasher – Constant Image
Producer: Nicolas Vernhes
Label: Domino
Genre: Post-Punk, Shoegaze
Quick Impressions:
DIIV did it first. But dare I say Flasher does it better? Well, they certainly go punkier than DIIV in aural terms, matching fire with a Bully record. Then they pull it back, take ears on a warbling no-wave journeys that recall Wooden Shjips or Sonic Youth and remind me of Beaches (Australian, not Canadian). They

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Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
Producers: Charlie Perry, Ed Thomas, Maaike Kito Lebbing, Cadenza, J. LBS, Jeff Kleinman, Joice, Tom Misch, Sam Willis
Label: FAMM
Genre: Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B
Quick Impressions:
The record is as contemporary R&B as it can get, combining Alicia Keys piano surges with Beyonce dramatics and slight Lauryn Hill edge. Except it doesn’t go far enough to push many boundaries. What is a fact: somewhere someone will be listening to this album after a breakup. Me? I just want album to end so it and I can break up.

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Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen
Producer: Kadhja Bonet
Label: Fat Possum
Genre: Psychedelic Soul
Quick Impressions:
Evidently it is a week for soul, and if that means psychedelic soul, than bring it on Kadhja Bonet, bring it on. Half Bill Withers, half Wee and all dreamy, Bonet takes listeners on a journey to “that innermost self that you were truthfully and instinctively before the weight of the world came crashing in.” Now, regardless of opinion, the psychedelic route is most definitely a route towards that, and often it gets mucked up in the drudgery of rock n’ rollers or whisked into nothingness by dreampoppers and folk-singers. But on Childqueen, it’s a summer’s day in the park, looking a clouds and counting petals and eating PB&J.

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The Midnight Hour (Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge) – The Midnight Hour
Producer: Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge
Label: Linear Labs
Genre: Psychedelic Soul, Jazz-Funk
Quick Impressions:
Album of the week. I don’t care what else comes next—this record hits everything jazz, funk and soul note that I could possibly need. It rises with the steam and then it blows away with violin arrangements and piano melodies to meld together a seamless picture—marked by a similar tape reel warmness of Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere, Q-Tip’s Kamaal the Abstract or Demon Days by the Gorillaz. It rivals Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer and Kody Nielson’s Birthday Suite in its near-seamless continuity and it sets a mood like no other. It’s relaxed and welcome and honestly if there’s one person I could give this record to it would be Jay Kay only because it could be the birth of a supergroup of acid jazz-funk/hip-hop—something this world sorely needs.

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Moodoïd – Cité Champagne
Producer: Pierre Rousseau
Label: Because
Genre: Neo-Psychedelia, Dreampop
Quick Impressions:
Oh my god, yes. When you’re a French-speaking nerd like myself, it doesn’t get much better than this: a solid neo-psychedelic, dreampop record that has the listener wrapped up in synthesizers like the surreal wraps of a ghost. The record phases in-and-out of dancing, resting, thinking and then dancing again. The record works against its runtime like an ocean against the coast, waxing on “Reptile,” “Miss Smith,” “Chamberlain Hotel” and “Helena” and then waning on “Bye Bye,” “Star,” “Amour Voiture and “Kashbah,” the music is a surge that succors the listener in and the vocals are the wind that whips their face.

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serpentwithfeet – soil
Producer: mmph, Katie Gately, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth
Label: Tri Angle, Secretly Canadian
Genre: Art Pop, Alternative R&B
Quick Impressions:
serpentwithfeet’s debut, soil is a windy trail of a sultry R&B, featuring sparkles of the same Toronto scene that Drake has sported since forever and then crossing them with the lowkey bass heavy London house tricks. It’s a real Anderson .Paak meets Sampha type-deal as it tries to slither its way into the brain. Unfortunately for serpentwithfeet, I have Anderson .Paak and Sampha taking up his place on the ol’ music tree of my mind, and there just ain’t much space between the two.

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Snail Mail – Lush
Producer: Jake Aron
Label: Matador
Genre: Indie Rock
Quick Impressions:
Lush is exactly how Snail Mail’s riffwork fleshes out this record, full and pulsing through the veins all the way to the black-vinyl bone. It’s a perfect storm of Julia Shapiro’s neo-grunge drawl and Courtney Barnett’s full-powered rhythmic chops. Hell, stack ‘em up together and Snail Mail has this whole garage post-punk sound down much better than Barnett did on Tell Me How You Really Feel. And from a holistic point of view: more please.

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Thom Fekete (Surfer Blood) – Grow
Producer: Thom Fekete, Jessica Fekete, Daniel Good
Label: Joyful Noise
Genre: Indie Rock
Quick Impressions:
A collection of semi-finished work by Thom Fekete before his untimely passing, Jessica Fekete posthumously found and curated the work with the help of Daniel Good. What’s presented is a series of sketches, some rough, some refined, but all in all a sort of underwhelming find. This has the You and I part II written all over it. A pêle-mêle assortment of songs that don’t do much for Thom Fekete’s legacy other than bloat it gratuitously. Call it an antipathy, but I really don’t enjoy the release of records after-the-fact. Haven’t since I first heard Jimi Hendrix’s Cry of Love—and Thom Fekete’s Grow does little to change that.

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Vinegar Mother – Phases
Producer: Vinegar Mother
Label: Z Music
Genre: Neo-Soul, R&B
Quick Impressions:
A cross between Curtis Mayfield and Alicia Keys and featuring an indietronica code scribbling worth of a P-Funk cover band, Vinegar is a hot mess—but a marketable hot mess. Searching for some neo-soul? Look no further, it’s a mish-mash of influences all fighting for space that does offer moments of lucidity to finally match its ambitions on “Dripping,” “Forget You,” “Palm Sweat” and “Loner.” But I suggest looking no deeper. It twinkles, but I can’t say it really burns.

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Other Releases:

Rock:

The Beach Boys – With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: Capitol
Genre: Pop Rock, Baroque
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Beechwood – Inside the Flesh Hotel
Label: Alive
Genre: Glam, Garage Rock
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The Charlatans – Totally Eclipsing EP
Label: BMG
Genre: Britpop
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Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow
Label: RCA
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative Rock
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Dott – Heart Swell
Label: Graveface
Genre: Indie Rock
Bandcamp

 Gobbinjr – Ocala Wick
Label: Topshelf
Genre: Indie Rock, lofi
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The Get Up Kids – Kicker EP
Label: Polyvinyl
Genre: Indie Rock, Emo Pop
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Get Well Soon – The Horror
Label: Caroline
Genre: Chamber Pop
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Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) – Babelsberg
Label: Rough Trade
Genre: Neo-Psychedelia, Neo-Baroque
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Hockey – Roller Coaster Sounds EP
Label: Self Released
Genre: Indie Rock
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Holy Esque – Television / Sweet
Label: BTF
Genre: Indie Rock, Post-Punk
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Howlin Rain – The Alligator Bride
Label: Silver Current
Genre: Jam Rock
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Kate Renegade – New Unquiet Life
Label: Rayless Dawn
Genre: Indie Rock
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 ONA – Onamania
Label: Rear House
Genre: Indie Rock 

Spiritual Cramp – Police State EP
Label: Deranged
Genre: Punk Rock
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Sheppard – Watching the Sky
Label: Empire of Song
Genre: Pop Indie
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SWIMM – Sentimental Porno
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Indie Rock
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Welshly Arms – No Place Is Home
Label: Vertigo/Capitol
Genre: Alternative Rock
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Young Widows – DECAYED: Ten Years of Cities, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain
Label: Temporary Residence
Genre: Alternative Rock, Folk Metal
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Post-Rock/Metal:

Dance Gavin Dance – Artificial Selection
Label: Rise
Genre: Post-Hardcore
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Fire Down Below – Hymn of the Cosmic Man
Label: Ripple
Genre: Stoner Metal, Doom Metal
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Goath – II. Opposition
Label: Ván
Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal
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Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Genre: Death Metal
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Uniform & The Body – Mental Wounds Not Healing
Label: Sacred Bones
Genre: Power Electronics, Drone Metal
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Warm Thoughts (formerly Dad Punchers) – I Went Swimming Alone
Label: Asian Man
Genre: Post-Punk
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YOB – Our Raw Heart
Label: Relapse
Genre: Doom Metal
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Zeal and Ardor – Stranger Fruit
Label: Radicalis, MVKA
Genre: Avant-Garde Metal, Gospel
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Folk/World/Country: 

Ana Egge – White Tiger
Label: StorySound
Genre: Folk
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Bob Schneider – Blood & Bones
Label: Shockorama
Genre: Singer-Songwriter
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Dierks Bentley – The Mountain
Label: Capitol
Genre: Alt-Country
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Erin Rae – Putting on Airs
Label: Single Lock
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Jesse Dayton – The Outsider
Label: Blue Élan
Genre: Country
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Kingsley Flood – Neighbors and Strangers
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Americana, Indie Folk
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M. Ward – What a Wonderful Industry
Label: Self Released
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Indie Folk
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River Whyless – Kindness, A Rebel
Label: Roll Call
Genre: Folk Rock
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Sugarland – Bigger
Label: Big Machine, Universal Nashville
Genre: Contemporary Country, Country Pop
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Treya Lam – Good News
Label: Short Stuff
Genre: Singer-Songwriter
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R&B/Soul/Funk:

Angélique Kidjo – Remain In Light (Talking Heads Cover Album)
Label: Kravenworks
Genre: Fon Music, Afro-Funk
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Exhibitionist – Let Go of Love EP
Label: Future Classic
Genre: Dreampop, Alternative R&B
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Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy
Label: RCA
Genre: Alternative R&B
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Ne-Yo – GOOD MAN
Label: Motown
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul
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Shannon Shaw (Shannon and The Clams) – Shannon In Nashville
Label: Easy Eye, Nonesuch
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop Soul
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Electronic:

Apostille – Choose Life
Label: Upset The Rhythm
Genre: Indietronica, Synthpop
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Azure Blue – Fast Falls the Eventide
Label: Hybris, Matinée, Zeon Light
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave
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Bizarre – Necro
Label: Seksound
Genre: Archival, Shoegaze, Dreampop
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Chancha Vía Circuito – Bienaventuranza
Label: Wonderwheel
Genre: Latin Electronic
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Chromatics – Camera EP (Vinyl Only)
Label: Italians Do It Better
Genre: Synthpop, Dreampop 

Claptone – Fantast
Label: Different
Genre: Deep House
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Eartheater – IRISIRI
Label: PAN
Genre: Electronic, Pop Art
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Echo Ladies – Pink Noise
Label: Sonic Cathedral
Genre: Dream Pop, Pop Indie
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Hilary Woods – Colt
Label: Sacred Bones
Genre: Pop Ambient
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Ian Hawgood – 
Label: Eilean
Genre: Ambient
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Jon Hassell – Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)
Label: Ndeya
Genre: Tribal Ambient, Glitch
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Jonathan Bree (The Brunettes) – Sleepwalking
Label: Lil Chief
Genre: Pop Art, Pop Indie
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Laura Jean – Devotion
Label: Chapter
Genre: Synthpop
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Lily Allen – No Shame
Label: Parlophone
Genre: Electropop
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Matt Maltese – Bad Contestant
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Electropop, Singer-Songwriter
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Nova One – secret princess EP
Label: Community
Genre: Dreampop, Psych-Pop
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Perfume Genius – Reshaped Remix EP
Label: Matador
Genre: Art Pop, Electronic
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Proc Fiskal – Insula
Label: Hyperdub
Genre: Electronic, Grime
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Tape Waves – Distant Light
Label: 2670records
Genre: Dreampop
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Virginia Wing – Ecstatic Arrow
Label: Fire
Genre: Pop Art, Dreampop
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Hip-Hop:

 Awkwafina – In Fina We Trust EP
Label: Self Released
Genre: Trap Rap
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Busdriver – electricity is on our side
Label: Temporary Whatever
Genre: Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
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Chief Keef – Ottopsy EP
Label: Digiglo, RBC
Genre: Drill
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Fat Nick – Generation Numb
Label: Autonomy
Genre: Trap Rap, Southern Hip Hop
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Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Kids See Ghosts
Label: G.O.O.D., Def Jam
Genre: Pop Rap, Alternative R&B, Experimental Hip Hop
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Kiefer – Happysad
Label: Stones Throw
Genre: Instrumental Hip Hop
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Longshot + Lazerbeak – Parades
Label: Doomtree
Genre: Hip Hop
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Wifisfuneral – Ethernet Mixtape
Label: Alamo
Genre: Trap Rap, Southern Hip Hop
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Reissues/Compilations/Soundtracks:

Black Sabbath – Supersonic Years The Seventies Singles Box Set (Compilation)
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Genre: Classic Metal 

Colin Stetson – Hereditary (Film Score)
Label: Milan
Genre: Film Score, Post-Minimalism, Dark Ambient
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Devin Townsend Project – Eras: Vinyl Collection Part I (Compilation)
Label: InsideOut
Genre: Progressive Metal 

Future & Friends – Superfly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Epic
Genre: Film Score, Trap Rap
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 Liz Phair – Liz Phair (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Capitol
Genre: Pop Rock
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Liz Phair – Whip-Smart (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Capitol
Genre: Indie Rock
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Liz Phair – Whitechocolatespaceegg (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Capitol
Genre: Indie Rock
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Mick Ronson – Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, The Soundtrack
Label: UMe
Genre: Film Score, Classic Rock
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Thee Hypnotics – Righteously Recharged (Compliation)
Label: Beggars Banquet
Genre: Garage Rock, Punk

Tom Waits – Small Change (Vinyl Reissue)
Label: Asylum/Rhino
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk Rock
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