Looking Ahead: Week of January 23rd

Similarly to Blood Quartet, Mere adds together post-rock vibes with a jazz horn player and see what happens.  The record is capturing throughout with droning space balancing out the screaming bass clarinet.

FJAAK throw together pounding house beats and fun melodies for a record that hits hard from front to back.

Priest’s make punk music that can’t be put in a box.  This record gives the impression that it’s going to re-interpret riot grrrl, then it jumps into droning post-punk melodies, before hitting you over the head with straight ahead rock. (hear it in full on npr first listen)


Looking Ahead: Week of January 16th

Here’s some great new music with reviews in the works!


Austra presents icy, minimal electronic music with soaring vocals and lyrics about the dire state of contemporary affairs.  Listen today in full over at NPR.

This album is a bit stagnant, but the massive, shimmering drones and subtle, underlying rhythmic ideas combine for a grabbing experience.

Some really mature improvised music from some of the world’s best.  Might not be one of the year’s most memorable projects, but music from this crowd is certainly always welcome.

Looking Ahead: Week of January 9th

Here’s the albums I’m most looking forward to reviewing this week.

Ingrid Laubrock is quickly becoming one of Brooklyn’s finest jazz composers.  After 2015’s Roulette of the Cradle, Serpentines is her latest chamber jazz record.  Although the likes of Peter Evans, Sam Pluta, and Tyshawn Sorey tend to inspire heavy material, this record–from what I gather–seems to balance the hectic sections with huge swaths of space.

(This is an album I should’ve checked out in 2016, but I ran into some time constraints, so I’m going to write a review of it this week.)

Admittedly, Daniel Mackenzie is not an artist I’m familiar with, but I found this record via the wonderful A Closer Listen blog and I’m excited to review.  Getting released on January 3rd, Every Time Feels Like The Last Time might just be the first great record of 2017.  Mackenzie’s pensive piano work is matched with brooding ambiance, and dramatic drones throughout.

This album ranges from droning vocals to snapping electronics.  Although these elements may not cohesive flow into one another at all times, each tune certainly inspires intrigue.


looking ahead.

Cashmere cover art

The Swet Shop Boys are a newfound international rap group consisting of Heems, Riz MC, and Redinho.  All members of the group are artists in their own right, however, the best preface for this single may be the career of Heems who is a part of Das Racist, a rap group that combines middle-eastern tonalities with their beats.  On the group’s first single, “T5” the subject is airport security and the racial undertones that follow it.

I anticipate covering Cashmere when it comes out on October 14th

Listen to the single via bandcamp

I got the chance to see Mick Jenkins do a pop-up show in Montreal recently and he really brought the house down.  His debut full-length LP is sure to inspire hard-hitting rhymes and beats with room for social awareness.  On “Spread Love,” Jenkins offers a rundown of his background, hard times and perseverance spilling over moody keyboards.

His new album The Healing Component drops September 23rd