Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

While I wish Broken Ankles was longer, in five tracks, Girl Talk and Freeway create more compelling material than some of the more buzzed-about mixtapes that have dropped thus far this year.

CunninLynguists – Strange Journey Vol. 3

CunninLynguists pack their latest project with one track after another of quality features.

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

While scatterbrained and underwhelming at times, Todd’s debut record here has some top-notch dance jams on it with a vintage flair.

SZA – Z ft. Cakes Da Killa

It pains me to say it, but I don’t care for this new SZA record at all. Not just because some of the tunes are unmemorable, but her own vocal guests just step all over her and these songs.

Ratking – So It Goes

New York hip hop outfit Ratking is back with a new record and original sound that takes a modern approach to recreating the urban jungle they come from.

Sisyphus – Self-Titled

This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else ft. Sami Jarroush

I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House

While this new Avey Tare record has some sweet melodies on it, nearly every piece of instrumentation on this thing is burnt to a crisp with effects. A lot like the latest Animal Collective record, this album is a little overdone, and could have benefited from taking the more orthodox approach the “Little Fang” single did.

OFF! – Wasted Years

Hardcore punk revivalists OFF! stays in their comfort zone on this latest record of theirs, but I’ve gotta admit it sounds pretty freakin’ good.

Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed

While the incredible brevity of this new Tony Molina record makes it a little gimmicky, the infectious melodies and breakup album concept are enough to make me overlook that most of the time. If you like your power pop rough and punk-influenced, give this a listen.