The day I get a new Flying Lotus album is generally a much more exciting day for me than Christmas, and with that in mind, the next FlyLo holiday is right around the corner.
Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
Until the Quiet Comes continues Flying Lotus’ pattern of putting out truly killer LPs. This marks the fourth studio album from the 28-year old producer, and the third on electronic mega-label Warp Records. Most of the schizophrenia and “maximalist” approach from the preceding (amazing) Cosmogramma is gone; instead Until focuses on the more serene and flowing melodies and beats that peppered previous albums’ tracks. I truly love this album!
“See Thru 2 U feat. Erykah Badu
“Putty Boy Strut” (music video)
Until the Quiet Comes is available Oct 1st and 2nd worldwide on Warp Records.
Brooklyn 60s psych / freak folk outfit Woods are back with another album, their seventh in seven years. Way to keep it classy, Woods.
Woods – Bend Beyond
Jeremy Earl is a busy man. As if a studio LP a year wasn’t a job enough, he also founded and runs the Brooklyn-based Woodsist label, putting out records from an incredible lineup of artists, including Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Sun Araw, The Fresh & Onlys, White Fence–the list goes on and on.
Bend Beyond easily marks Woods’ easiest-on-the-ears studio effort; the songs are lovely and the production is tight and uniform. There’s less of the experimental guitar noodling, and though I’ve quite loved that element, the resulting album is a beauty, indeed.
Lotus Plaza have released a new music video for one of the cuts from their fantastic 2012 album, Spooky Action at a Distance, this time from the album’s somber closing number. Beautiful video for a beautiful song. Check it out:
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke’s newish project, Atoms for Peace (featuring Nigel Godrich, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some other bros) has apparently been making some new tunes. Here’s the first one, for your listening pleasure!
Thom reports that “A 12″ vinyl version [for "Default"] will follow next month and an album will eventually follow that next year.” Yes, please.
2012 just keeps the hits coming, now with the Grizzly Bear’s fourth studio album.
Grizzly Bear – Shields
This time around finds Grizzly Bear sounding much unlike they did on their first three outings, with higher energy songs and a much rougher sounding finish. Still, at the bottom of it all, it’s still Grizzly Bear in there. There’s still the stunning percussion, beautiful songwriting and heavy use of harmony.
“Speak in Rounds
Also, make sure you check out the band’s awesome first single from the album, posted some weeks ago.
Shields is available September 18, 2012 on Warp Records.
LA underground hip hop mainstay Blu’s latest album with Exile leaked last year, but the mastered version is finally here, and get this—mastering makes stuff sound significantly better. Who knew?
Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them
If you’re not familiar with Blu, he’s an undeniably talented lyricist who has been dropping all sorts of albums, EPs, mixtapes and beat tapes; but the catch has, for me, at least, heretofore been the production quality. Blu has a habit of releasing or “leaking” his albums in unfinished forms, and it’s frustrating, because with this guy, a finished product would be a pretty rad thing. Well, here it is, and it turns out, it’s a pretty rad thing. The finished-sounding version really gives Blu’s thoughtful (and often quite funny) lyrics a chance to shine.
Thee Oh Sees are back (yet again) with another album. This makes their 14th studio album since 2004.
Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
Thee Oh Sees, if you’re not familiar, pump out awesome garage psych albums like they’re going for some kind of record. Being prolific is one thing, but being prolific and this good consistently is a whole different proposal.
I hope they keep it up for at least another 14.
“Hang a Picture”
Putrifiers II is available via In The Red Records.
Was jamming this again today and I realized I had never posted about it. Shame on me.
Suckers – Candy Salad
Suckers continue to define their characteristically boisterous art/psych pop on this, their sophomore LP, which is easily their most immediately accessible release to date. These guys have always made really fun music, to me, and this album is full of just that. Enjoy!
Daniel Dumile has gone by many names (MF DOOM, Metal Face, Viktor Vaughn, Zev Love X, King Gheedora, and most recently, simply DOOM), and is without a doubt one of the finest lyricists in the rap game. He does have a penchant for taking ages to release anything new, though–Madlib will probably release a new Madvillainy remix album before we ever see LP 2–so when something fresh does come down the pipes, it’s a rap holiday.
With that in mind, it’s time to start celebrating, because:
JJ DOOM – KEY TO THE KUFFS
JJ DOOM consists of Dumile as emcee and Jneiro Jarel on the production board, and from the tracks I’ve heard, I couldn’t be more stoked.
KEY TO THE KUFFS comes out Aug 21st on Lex Records.