"Fool" (feat. Angelina Lucero)
Few producers have a sound as specifically recognizable as Jerome LOL's take on melodic house. "Fool," like his previous singles, expertly utilizes guest vocals for some soulful dance floor bliss. We can't get enough.
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
While Animal Collective's last album was all jagged edges and electronic mayhem, Avey Tare's new solo venture is warmer and less overtly weird (that's a good thing). Avey has referred to the project as "horror movie themed," but all we get from "Little Fang" are the warm and fuzzies.
"Out of the Black" (feat. Robyn)
Neneh Cherry is a Swedish pop legend, so to say that we were excited for a new Four Tet-produced album that features Robyn (!) is a gross understatement. "Out of the Black" is a clubby, self-referential number that has Robyn quasi-rapping her vocals.
Angel Olsen's new LP, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is, quite simply, our favorite album of the new year so far. "White Fire" is a spare, deeply emotive number that happens to be an album highlight.
"Moving To The Left"
Woods is one of the most consistent bands out there, releasing top-quality folk year after year. "Moving To The Left" is a melancholic track that takes its time. Still, Woods reigns its crunchier tendencies and provides us with plenty of hooks along with the requisite jammier moments.
Austinite Ian Orth makes smooth, analog-indebted dance tracks under the name Orthy. "Night Touch," from his new EP, E.M.I.L.Y., is a low-key disco jam that has us longing for margaritas on a warm summer night.
Frankie Rose has been in just about every indie rock band East of the Mississippi, but that doesn't stop her from continuously starting new projects. Beverly is Rose's collaboration with Drew Citron, and it sticks with the girl group harmonies and crunchy guitars that Rose is known for.