Bartees Strange has a live album out today. I've *just* been digging deeper into him -- he reminds me of Cody Chestnutt in a good way, lol.
And Xenia Rubinos finally has a full-length follow-up to Black Terry Cat called "Una Rosa". Haven't heard anything from it yet; her early stuff gave me very neo-soul/Lauryn vibes yet very unique in her voice and approach, almost minimalist in sound and drawing more naturally from other styles/genres.
What's everyone checking for? Catching up on? Favorite stuff that you played over the last week?
1. "stuff that's on my radar" In response to Reply # 0
Disclosure - DJ Kicks: Disclosure - New collab mix from DJ Kicks and Disclosure, which surprisingly is also available on Spotify. Been anticipating this one and am saving it for the end of the work day for a jolt of energy.
Earlly Mac & Sango - MearlGo Vol. 3 - Not a huge fan of Earlly Mac but I'll listen to anything produced by Sango.
Joyia - Baptism EP - Toronto singer Joyia just dropped her sophomore solo EP. She's a friend of mine and I'm always proud to support her work. My radio show, Frisson Radio, is hosting her live listening party on Sunday evening.
Dom Kennedy - Fro The Westside With Love Three - To me, Dom fell off a while ago, but I still check his releases because there may be a gem in between all the filler. Or maybe he'll surprise me and return to a dope full length and I'll have to eat my words. Will see.
Xenia Rubinos - Una Rosa - Never heard her work before, but she got a rave review in the New York Times (or New Yorker, I forgot) so I'll give it a go.
Tone Stith - Still FWM - I like EARTHGANG's output, so am down to check out what Tone can do on his own.
Jim-E Stack - Promotional Only EP - I'm hoping to be surprised by this one - Jim-E Stack has a unique sound.
Jay Worthy & DaM-Funk - All Over / Moonlight - just listened to All Over (feat. Sadat X) and am digging it.
4. "Vanishing Twin - Ookii Gekkou" In response to Reply # 0
Don't think I've listened to these folks before, put in on because someone mentioned them as having a pretty strong Stereolab vibe. The comparison is right on, not in a derivative way but just in a "that's the space they inhabit" way.
At first listen this album is just immaculate: every track unique, lots of unexpected moments in instrumentation (the sort of thing that makes you go, "Hey, where'd that sax come from?"), breakbeats for days, lots of bloops and bleeps but never overdone, and ethereal vocals that just float. Can't wait to listen again, definitely worth a listen if Stereolab is a favorite for you.