Morrissey’s latest album feels more ideological than it does musical. Which is fine, I guess, if all you care about is what Morrisey thinks.
Digging on some fiery jazz rock from this new Daniel Rosenboom Quintet album, Fire Keeper. The kinetic energy in the performances on this thing is m-a-s-s-i-v-e. The production is a little flat at times, but the performances are just stellar throughout.
Deadmau5′ new, double album showcases much more finesse and maturity than his past releases. His usual house bangers are dark, textured. Meanwhile, much of the second disc feels like it was inspired by some in-depth listens to a film score or two.
A few months back, Finland’s Can Can Heads delivered a wonderful little musical curiosity in the form of their second full-length effort Butter Life. The group has actually been around since 1993 and has pretty much been doing whatever the fuck they want the entire time - very noisy, spastic, no-wavey rock for the most part. That’s what you get here on Butter Life, too, but the band’s material is so brisk, it always feels fresh. So, if you’re a fan of noise rock or are big into Finland’s experimental music scene (and with music like this, how could you not be?), then give this LP a shot. Happy listening!
Butter Life is out now via Karkia Mistika Records, Verdura Records, and Bottom of the Pops.
Extraterrestria/GalaXXXian, the new double album from DJ Qbert, is being promoted as the producer’s first proper full-length effort since 1998′s Wave Twisters. But despite this 15+ year gap, you might still have been hearing his work over the years, in particular a nice bonus track on the deluxe edition of that great Run the Jewels record last year.
This new project of his is split up into a disc “from space” and a disc “from earth.” The former, Extraterrestria (stream here) is meant to “transcend turntablism” and explore what “skratch music sounds like in the future.” If you dug El-P’s last LP Cancer 4 Cure, then you stand a good chance of enjoying this side of the project. El-P actually appears as a guest MC on the second disc, GalaXXXian (stream here), which is decidedly a bit more traditional than the first half, with Qbert placing an emphasis on bangin’ beats and “the illest skratches.”
There is no shortage of ear-catching sonic textures throughout this thing, and there’s a number of great guest verses - ones from Del the Funky Homosapien and Kool Keith, to name just a couple. Above, find the previously mentioned El-P-featuring highlight “OG BBOY.” Enjoy!
The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.
Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Fire! Orchestra – Enter
Cormorant – Earth Driver
Venetian Snares – My Love Is A Bulldozer
Antlers – Familiars
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
50 Cent – Animal Ambition
Keaton Henson – Romantic Works
The debut full-length from Antemasque is finally out! There’s been a lot of buzz building behind the album of this technically new band, but the project’s two lead members have pretty strong reputations in the world of rock music. Thanks to bands like At the Drive-In and Mars Volta, there’s really no reason a modern rock fan should be a stranger to Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. This latest project of theirs is one of their most straightforward efforts, too. It definitely surpasses the last Volta album in terms of accessibility and hook power, I think.
If you’re in the mood for some “NO BS” rock tunes with some strong lead vocals, try this out.