Album of the Week
April 17, 2017
The follow-up to one of the most important albums of the decade has arrived. As is the Kendrick blueprint, the release is religious, political, topical, reflective, and heady all at once, and there are several layers of meaning to sift through with repeat listening. DAMN. appears to be Kendrick’s most direct offering in some time, dialling back the jazz a bit and drawing more focus on his bars. This is the work of a supremely confident artist at the top of his game.
April 10, 2017
Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, aka Arca, has returned with his majestic self-titled album. Peeling back the density and obtuseness of his first two albums Xen and Mutant, Arca is his most personal and dramatic body of work to date. While Arca has worked with a range of vocalists in the past like Bjork, Kelela, FKA Twigs and Kanye West, this is the first time Arca has employed the use of his own vocals. Now, the drama and the emotional catharsis Arca is known for comes from his throat. Singing mostly in Spanish, Arca is a deeply intimate and confrontational album that lays bare the complexities of sexual desire and is a powerful reminder of how cultural heritage intersects with queer identity.
Show Me The Body
April 3, 2017
Gnarly experimental punk outfit Show Me The Body have just unleashed their new collaborative mixtape Corpus 1. Never a band to adhere to genre restrictions, Show Me The Body have crafted a mixtape that’s all over the place, in the best way possible. Featuring contributions from Princess Nokia, Denzel Curry, Moor Mother and Dedekind Cut, the 17 track release masterfully blurs the lines between rap and hardcore. Corpus 1 is loud, rawkus, challenging and downright rewarding.
March 27, 2017
Dubbed as the most consistent band of the 2000s, Austin indie rock greats Spoon return with their 9th studio album, Hot Thoughts and are showing no signs of slowing down. Building their sound around subtle production techniques and a knack for writing incredibly catchy songs, Hot Thoughts contains all the things we’ve grown to love about Spoon with a touch of added swagger and sheen. Hot Thoughts is another top tier indie rock record from a band at the top of their game.
A Suitable Girl
March 20, 2017
A Suitable Girl is the anthemic and highly addictive debut album from Melbourne’s Ali Barter. Full of fist-pumping, bed jumping goodness, A Suitable Girl is the perfect middle finger up to the patriarchy. But it’s also a conversation starter about gender expectations and the societal pressure on everyone to be one way or another. A Suitable Girl proves just how powerful self-acceptance can be.
Get it, girl!
March 13, 2017
Everybody Works is the incredibly accomplished sophomore record from Oakland’s Jay Som. Witnessing the challenges facing women, people of colour, and the queer community lit a fire within the young artist. The universal mantra of Everybody Works is simply that everybody is working through something and everybody is trying to find their peace. Jay Som has crafted a vibrant and smart album that showcases her multi-faceted musical prowess, playing and producing nearly every sound on the record. Dealing with the universal feelings of doubt and uncertainty that come with being in your twenties, Everybody Works is an extremely relatable album no matter what stage of life you’re in.
Everything Is Forgotten
March 6, 2017
The hotly awaited second album from Methyl Ethel has arrived. The follow up to their insanely popular debut Oh, Inhumane Spectacle, Everything Is Forgotten is danceable, complex, gothic, funky and anything but forgettable. Complete with one of the vibiest pop songs in recent memory, Ubu, Everything Is Forgotten is an incredibly accomplished sophomore album from the young Perth band and one that is very much worthy of Album Of The Week.
February 27, 2017
Thundercat has delivered his third album Drunk, a sprawling 23 track masterpiece. The album covers some pretty serious issues from police brutality to the loss of a close friend but they’re contrasted with the tongue-in-cheek humour we’ve come to love from Thundercat. On Drunk, Thundercat has enlisted an impressive crew of guests including Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Kamasi Washington and Wiz Khalifa. What results is a woozy blend of yacht rock and red wine soaked jazz that’s bound to make you smile.
February 20, 2017
With nearly 20 years experience and five albums under their belt, it’s hard to deny PVT’s status as a Great Australian Band. On New Spirit, PVT have masterfully blended dense, post-rock intricacies with experimental dancefloor grooves and served it up with a generous helping of political commentary. What results is an album that sounds unequivocally Australian. For PVT it’s never been about the hits but rather crafting the perfect album to be enjoyed as a whole and, that’s exactly what they’ve done on New Spirit.
February 13, 2017
Sampha, the Londoner widely known for lending his voice to Kanye West, Solange, SBTRKT, and Drake, has finally gifted us with his powerful debut.
Process comes from a deeply meditative place where sadness and grief are omnipresent but the beauty and lightness of Sampha’s voice never lets the album dip into melancholic territory. Spanning experimental pop to R&B and heart-breaking piano ballads, Process is an album you can easily lose yourself in.