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Oct 22, 2021
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today with "insistent guitars and burbling electronics" is the closing track to Melbourne duo Good Morning's new album out now on Polyvinyl. "Barnyard
is their most ambitious, varied and intriguing record to date, a band re-imagined and ready for whatever this messy old world throws their way," concludes For The Rabbits
A decade after their first collaboration, rapper Shady Blaze and producer Squadda Bambino (of Main Attrakionz) share the project's sequel. "Blaze raps in tight, twisty clusters that owe something to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, while Squadda B turns in an album of splintered, refracted beats. The end result sounds oddly current," writes Stereogum
The music of Montreal's Afternoon Bike Ride manages to embody the warm, dreamy scene suggested by their unusual name. "ABR is the latest connective tissue between chillhop sensibilities and dream pop aesthetics," says Passion of The Weiss
. The trio's self-titled debut is out now via Friends of Friends.
2021 may be the year of SHERELLE, who has shifted "from being a well-respected, albeit decidedly underground DJ to becoming one of the most kinetic personalities in UK club music," per Loud & Quiet
. Alongside her jungle-adjacent 160 Down The A406
EP, the Hooversound head recently launched a label and music platform called Beautiful to support Black and LGBTQI+ artists.
Next spring, New York art-punk outfit Bodega will follow up their acclaimed 2018 debut with Broken Equipment
on the What's Your Rupture? label. The lead single sees the band's "acid-tongued frontperson Ben Hozie extending his ire" (Recommended Listen
) toward social media influencers and other targeted marketing tactics.
“A stacked day for new releases. The post Stream new albums out today from Parquet Courts,…”
7 hrs ago →
Helado Negro (Stack №101
), aka Ecuadorian-American artist Roberto Carlos Lange, makes his 4AD debut. "A love letter to openness...Far In
prioritizes a welcoming, ambient groove," says NPR
Dekmantel invites London's SHERELLE to their podcast series: "Her 80-minute mix for us is pure fire, a bumping ride through thrilling kick patterns, shimmering toms, and drilling bass."
For Buzzfeed, Jessica M. Goldstein tracks how Kidz Bop turned a simple idea into chart domination:
"If you think Kidz Bop is annoying, it’s probably because you’ve never been forced to listen to the more annoying alternative—kids screaming."
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