Headphones are like the best friend that occasionally eats all the food out of your cupboard. You always want them around, but occasionally they screw you over. My headphones conked out this week and so I subsequently started missing my tunes. These ones in particular:
Double Blind by Trust Punks – From Auckland, NZ, these, well... punks I guess? Trust Punks are back with a stunner. These songs have a lovely melodic flavour to them even as they ebb and bubble through distortion. This record feels very local and maybe because there seems to be a hint of Toy Love in the delivery, but it is great to hear wonderful punk rock out of Aotearoa again. Grab it here.
Negus by Kemba formally known as YC the Cynic - Bronx, New York native YC the Cynic has morphed into Kemba and in doing so created a new album of eerie black pride hip hop. Normally people would describe this kind of rap as conscious, but as he opens the record, Kemba growls, “Please don’t call me conscious/don’t call it political/don’t deem this lyrical/these are negro spirituals”. So I won’t refer to it as conscious et al., but I think you get the gist. Download for free/kohahere
Leeds, UK production group Paper Tiger have a few electronic beats and bobbles worth checking out here. I’m a Cyborg (but that’s Ok) is my pick.
We are at Home in the Body by For Everest – These indie rockers from New York get complex thoughts to dance and sparkle over upbeat songs. Vocalist Sarah Cowell has a Sleater Kinney quality to her delivery though not all of For Everest’s songs are as hard hitting as Sleater Kinney. Both groups; however, are much needed voices in rock and/or roll. Grab this one for free/koha here
In London, England, Cult Classic Records have put together a Complimentary compilation which has some of the best electronica, break beats and hip hop tracks from their catalogue. A great little taster of things that you can download for free/koha here
Colouring Book by Chance the Rapper – A new mixtape heralded all over the place by the likes of Pitchfork and HipHopDx meaning people whose reviews are actually respected can tell you why this is worth your time. I just so happen to agree with them. Grab it for free here.
And that my friends and friendettes will hopefully get you through your musical dessert for the next little while. Remember to chuck some dollars and internety sharey likey things at the musicians out there you love.