Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin- Instrumental Tourist

On this new collaborative effort from Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, the two artists combine their respective approaches to ambient and experimental music in a way even the most casual fans can predict. That’s not a bad thing, though. Where this album falls short is in writing and execution, because a lot of these seemingly improvised pieces lack the direction and presence of the solo material each of these guys have released.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow- Cobra Juicy

Once again, despite a trademark sound the band has lovingly crafted over the course of five albums, Black Moth Super Rainbow still shows a lack of effort in the song development department.

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The Bad Plus- Made Possible

On the Bad Plus’ latest record, the band continues to focus more on original material than their career-defining covers, and the band manages to create some pretty fantastic, modern jazz tracks in the process–not to mention incorporate synths and drum machines into many of these tunes, too.

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Tame Impala- Lonerism

With a more colorful recording, bolder experiments, and more expansive jams, Australia’s Tame Impala shows nothing but improvement on their sophomore effort, Lonerism.

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Mellowhype- Numbers

With Numbers, Mellowhype manages to churn out a few decent beats, but the lyrical content and originality are more lacking than ever. It seems making an interesting hip hop record is not in Mellowhype’s career itinerary. Instead, portraying the forgettable fantasies of that “cool kid with a c average” is more important.

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Death Grips- NO LOVE DEEP WEB

OK, OK, feel me.

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Dinosaur Jr.- I Bet On Sky

With the third full-length LP since their reunion in ’05, underground rock icons Dinosaur Jr. is doing what they usually do with the quality fans have come to expect. It’s a bit more mellow than 2009′s Farm, which has its ups and downs, but still very enjoyable to say the least.

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A$AP Mob- Lord$ Never Worry

SWAG SWAG SWAG.

Bloc Party- Four

Bloc Party returns after a self-imposed hiatus with a true blue rock album.

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Purity Ring- Shrines

Purity Ring’s approach to synth pop on Shrines blurs the line that separates dark and cute. While it brings the new LP some unique qualities, the overall experience of these eleven tracks is a bit one-dimensional.

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