Passion Pit - "I'll Be Alright"
Well, the Pit are back with another indie-pop anthem this summer. "I'll Be Alright" follows closely in the path set so strongly by their previous efforts. Maximalist production serves as the foundation of Angelakos's sweet vocals, serious pop hooks dance around pseudo electronic breakdowns. All in all, another great offering; definitely worth a listen.
Frank Ocean - "Pyramids"
Frank Ocean, after months of mystery and intrigue, came out with a slew of announcements earlier this week: a new album, tour dates and the first new single from said album, "Pyramids." A ten minute R&B journey that takes us from the Pharoah's court to the club. Ocean's smooth as silk vocals really bring it all together. Check it out and get excited for the album!
Drexciya - "Aquarazorda"
While certainly not a new track, Drexciya's early catalogue did get a spectacular reissue a few weeks ago; I couldn't resist. Some really cool Detroit Techno from the late 80's and early 90's, Drexciya were truly from outer-space, or Sea Lab, or both? Well anyway, check out this icy old school techno magic.
Killer Mike - "Big Beast (Feat. Bun B, T.I., Trouble)"
Killer Mike is from Atlanta, and he'd like you to know it. His new album is fantastic. With insane production from East Coast legend El-P, this album is more overblown and intense than anything in recent memory. The opening track and first single, "Big Beast," features fellow ATL rappers and sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Jam City - "How We Relate to the Body"
An electro-maximalist-deconstructionist, Jam City exists at the crossroads of... Something. A producer steeped in visual and musical imagery, this track is aesthetic more than it is musical, just like this blurb is topical more than it is informative. Anyway, give it a listen, it's certainly interesting.
Lower - "Escape"
Had to put some punk on here, and this time it wasn't hard to find something. Lower are Danish and are on the same label as Iceage and frankly, they sound pretty similar. Is this a problem? Not if you don't make it one... This track shows the depth of punk understanding that these young Danes possess, a depth seldom seen these days.