Wakin On A Pretty Daze, the fifth album from Kurt Vile, is arguably his best. His last album, Smoke Ring For My Halo, was a reflective record that showcased some of his best guitar work. This time, he's focused on the swirling psychedelic sounds he can pull out of his guitar. On the stunning 9 minute opener, "Wakin On A Pretty Day", it instantly becomes clear how effortlessly he can shred. The most radio-friendly (in terms of length) is "Never Run Away", another wonderful nugget of psychedelic pop. This is a gorgeous record that evokes the essence of spring, and should be played as often as possible.
RIYL: The War On Drugs, Woods, Atlas Sound, Real Estate
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The latest from Chico Mann is titled Magical Thinking. The music is upbeat Disco/Nu-Disco with elements of 80s Funk, Boogie, Merengue and Afro-beat. This is a perfect album for these warm spring days.
Debut album from Wiping out Thousands is titled This Came First. The music bounces around a bit but it all is pretty hard-edged. Industrial, Big Beat, IDM, and Electroclash are some of the genres you hear but there is a solid dance vibe to the tracks balancing out the sound a bit. Vocals from Alaine Dickman temper the sound but she can also belt it out when she wants to. Overall an interesting debut that feels a little clunky but has a sound that is original and raw, not something you see much of these days.
RIYD: Nitzer Ebb, Noisia, Boyz Noize
Mull is an Ep from Alex Fin. The four tracks on the Ep have an upbeat tempo yet there is a chilled out vibe to it. Fins falsetto vocals sound similar to Thom Yorke which adds even more smoothness to these already sleek tracks. Upbeat R&B Downtempo or Electro Emo Rock? Listen and judge for yourself.
RIYD: Radiohead, Jamie Woon
Tracks: All Good
The latest from Chicago producer Dolor is an album titled Misteria. Similar to Lorn (who he has collaborated with) the music is dark, brooding Bass Music with some Electro Hop and R&B mixed in. The sound has a post-apocalypse/dystopian/urban decay (you pick) feel, the tracks full of beats and menace. You can imagine rain coming down from dark oily clouds as street dwellers in goggles claw at you as you make your way through streets of this decaying world. This is a hard-edged album that has a few soft touches to balance things out but overall this is gritty and raw, the pounding beats tempered only by the razor sharp synth hooks.
RIYD: Lorn, Burial, Kid Simpl
Tracks: 1,2,3,4 FCC: 5
El Ten Elevens album Transitions has been remixed and is now called Transitions Remixed. Remixers include Com Truise, Odd Nosdam, Krueger, and Max Tundra to name a few. The tracks are a mix of Deep House, Electro Hop, Nu-Disco, IDM, and Heavy Bass. Lots of variety here and the flow from track to track is smooth and makes for a great mixtape feel. Check it out.