Flying Lotus’s mixtape, ‘Ideas+drafts+loops’ sees the experimental artist teaming up with the likes of Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, and Shabazz Palaces.
While Erol Alkan’s ‘Illumination EP’ has nice moments, it ultimately just feels empty.
On ‘Black Panties,’ R. Kelly expresses himself in the only way that can: by singing about making love with his beautiful voice.
Childish Gambino returns with ‘Because the Internet’, a dark ride through the actor/rapper’s psyche that surprises more than it disappoints.
TOY’s second LP, ‘Join the Dots’, offers a mix of folk rock, psych pop, and post-punk to create a satisfying listen.
‘Jetlag’ finds Milosh detailing the beginnings of a new relationship in this set of mid-tempo tunes.
The Debauchees’ ‘Big Machines and Peculiar Beings’ is filled with smart, catchy songs that bring some much needed vibrancy to the independent music scene.
The Who have once again re-released the landmark ‘Tommy’, this time with an entire live concert and Pete Townshend’s original demos.
Marley Carroll’s ‘Sings’ combines the bombast of hip-hop, the melancholy of indie rock, and the time-changing tempo mastery of jazz.
bEEdEEgEE’s ‘SUM/ONE’ continues the adventurous spirit of Gang Gang Dance, while tightening up their looser moments.
LA Font’s ‘Diving Man’ finds the young band mining their influences for inspiration.
‘Britney Jean’ is the sound of a once reigning pop queen seeing her time at the top come to an end.
On ‘When the Fire is Dead in the Grate,’ Wolf People prove the sounds of the 70s are still very much alive today.
Returning to his roots, ‘The History of Caves’ is Josh Tillman’s dark, alluring soundtrack to a film, written and directed by his wife.
As exciting it is to see Teengirl Fantasy venture out of their comfort zone on ‘Nun,’ it’s also impressive how they keep their signature aesthetic intact.
On ‘Like a Dream,’ Francis and the Lights dig deeper into 80s pop, with minimal, retro beats and delicate falsetto.