The latest from Lukid is titled Lonely At The Top. A bag of cassettes left on the street near Lukids (Luke Blair) London apartment was the starting point for this album. As they say One mans trash is anothers treasure and these cassettes gave the artist the inspiration needed to create this album. The music has a stripped down feel but also has an odd lushness to the tracks as well with elements of Trip Hop, Bass Music, IDM, Dub Techno and Ambient. Once again, this is an album has a mellow vibe to it but also has such strong beats that you cant help but groove and move to the music. Great for headphones or blasting in your car.
RIYD: Four Tet, Calamalka, Dam Mantle, Albert Swarm
Features is the first US vocal project for producer Kris Menace. The music is Synth Dance/Synth House and features a wide variety of guest artists such as Simon Lord, Dominique Keegan and Robert Owens to name a few. As Synth Dance goes this is a pretty solid dance album that has some depth and quality to it and isnt too Pop oriented.
RIYD: Solaris by Photek, Steve Bug
Blue Foundations album In My Mind I Am Free has been remixed and renamed In My Mind I Am Free Reconstructed. The music is a mix of Dance Ambient, Trip Hop, EDM and Downtempo Dance. The tracks have a mellow feel to them but also have solid beats to bolster the tracks and make them a little more dance floor friendly. The album contains fifteen tracks providing a good variety and the album feels just as fresh at the beginning as it does at the end.
As a result of all of the attention that artists like Tame Impala and Beach House received last year, it seems that many record labels are paying attention to their psychedelic/dream pop bands. In this case, the label is Fat Possum, and the band is Ex Cops. They're a Velvet Undergound soundalike, and they're not bringing that much to the table. There are a few catchy hooks on the album, but these are overshadowed by the blandness of the rest of the material. However, if you found yourself emotionally wrapped up in the last Fanfarlo album, you might want to check this out.
RIYL: FIDLAR, Nude Beach
One Track Mind is a pleasant record. Built upon layers of blistering, burning fuzz, this album is a welcome addition to the Sacred Bones catalog. There aren't a lot of standout tracks, but as a whole it is an enjoyable listen. It's easy to get lost in the space this record creates. If you're looking for bluesy psych rock, this album is for you. Some tracks sound like early Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd material, others in the vein of bands like Spiritualized.
RIYL: Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wooden Shjips, The Black Angels, Sun Araw
Airick Woodhead, native of Toronto, is on the top of his game. His latest release as Doldrums, Lesser Evil, is almost too good to be true. Riddled with spoken word samples, freakout pop melodies and murky synth sounds, this record kills. The first track, the mystical "Fantasia", sounds like a song plucked straight from outer space, leading into the churning goth-like "Anomaly". What follows is an album full of floating jams that melt your brain. Definitely worth a few listens.
RIYL: Gauntlet Hair, Grimes, Animal Collective, Teengirl Fantasy
Here's a sample:
adam green of moldy peaches. binki shapiro of little joy. late-sixties folk-pop duets, angelic vocals, surf guitars, psychedelic.
play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9
riyl: moldy peaches, little joy, leonard cohen. she & him