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.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Family Party”

Another stunning set of visuals from Japanese pop phenom Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and her genius(es) who direct(s) her videos. With “Family Party,” Kyary progresses through a series of competitive challenges where she’s faced against a robot. Is this some kind of warning? Is this some kind of subliminal preparation for the impending human vs. robot wars that’ll most likely be starting in the next two decades?

Nah, I think it’s just a cute video, and an irresistibly sweet song, too. Enjoy!

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.

Mø – No Mythologies To Follow

Danish electropop artist Mø’s comes through with a relatively solid debut LP, featuring some spectacular hooks, impressive singing, and decent production.

Chromeo – “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”

Chromeo drops some visuals on one of the catchier singles from their forthcoming album, White Women. Look for the album on May 12th. You might remember my fandom for the synth funk duo after the release of their last album. Admittedly, that was quelled a bit after they released a relatively weak song with Toro Y Moi; however, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” has my excitement back in full gear–especially since its pairing with this incredibly clever, well-shot video. Enjoy!

Skrillex – Recess

Famed dubstep producer Skrillex finally drops a full-length record.

Pharrel – G I R L

Pharrell’s latest full-length album has a few bright spots, but a great deal of it is a falsetto-led nightmare.

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

We’re digging the new single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang,” quite a bit. Now some visuals have been attached to the song, and they’re simultaneously adorable and terrifying. The video is drenched in psychedelic effects, mixes black and white and color photography, and stars a cute little cat puppet named Little Fang, courtesy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Follow Little Fang as he drives through the countryside to the fairgrounds, going on a merry-go-round and eventually venturing into the most happening funhouse you’re likely to ever see. Remember that carnival sequence in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It’s weirder than that…but cuter, too.

“Little Fang” appears on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ forthcoming debut album Enter the Slasher House, due out April 8 via Domino.

Son Lux – Alternate Worlds

Son Lux comes through with a handful of songs on a new EP titled Alternate Worlds. While I’ve never been a huge fan of this guy’s past efforts, there’s just something really “big time” and ambitious about the presentation of these songs that’s catching me. I can definitely see myself loving a Son Lux album in the future if he keeps up this combination of refined subtleties and larger-than-life background vocals.

What’s even more interesting is that the 2nd track here features a vocal contribution from Lorde herself, and it’s one of the more stellar tracks on this EP, too!

HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind”

I’m astounded by the level of bad-assery this new HAIM video reaches. But just what is it that makes it so damn captivating? The concept is simple – the three sisters are moving along (choreography courtesy of Fatima Robinson) to Days Are Gone cut “If Could Change Your Mind,” an earworm if there ever was one. And there’s little in the way of set design; the glowing “HAIM” sign being the only piece, really. Of course what decor there is, it’s all very, very retro.

But HAIM’s execution, as always, is what keeps things from becoming that awful kind of “sickeningly retro.” The sisters aren’t romanticizing the past for the sake of it or because it’s in style. Frankly, they look a little dorky doing their thing in this video. Still, when Danielle pops the collar of her leather jacket here, you’d better believe it’s a sincere gesture. Really, this video as a whole is a sincere gesture – the HAIM sisters are making the music they want to make and you can tell they’re having a blast dancing to it.

And most importantly, they look completely assured. If you don’t wish you were up on that stage dancing along with them; well, tough shit – it’s your loss.