PUJOL – “Pitch Black”

Next month, singer-songwriter PUJOL, a.k.a. Daniel Lucca, will be dropping his next full-length album, KLUDGE via Saddle Creek. While I wasn’t really huge on his past few full-lengths, the tracks I’ve been hearing from this latest effort of his seems to show a significant improvement on the songwriting side of things.

Sure, PUJOL’s rough, slightly lo-fi aesthetic still remains on his latest material, and that’s gonna turn some people off, but I think the melodies and sweet chorus on “Pitch Black” shines through the grime. It’s power pop magic. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, baby

Alright, I’ll end this now before I embarrass myself any further. Enjoy!

Herbal T – “That’s It”

Up-and-coming rapper Herbal T comes through with some top-notch verses on this Kinda Neat video for “That’s It.” The dude’s too clever for his own good, hah! The second verse on this thing is especially hilarious.

T strings together a series of lines that revolve around death–especially sudden death. I guess it’s just a little reminder that the end can come at any moment. However, the final verse tries to keep a positive mindset, acknowledging that there are ways to “live on,” and that one person’s positive impact on the world can last past their death. I’d say that’s worth a collective “awwwwwww,” right?

Herbal T’s got a new project out titled Lo-Fi Blow Dry, which you can check out here.

Twin Shadow – “To The Top”

The new single from George Lewis Jr., a.k.a. Twin Shadow, is pure power ballad mimicry. You might dig it if, you know, you’re into that sorta thing.

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

Lana Del Rey drops a new single in promotion of her forthcoming album Ultraviolence.

Jack White – “Lazaretto”

HAH! Jack really came through on this new one. At first, I was a little on the fence about this whole solo thing, but he’s really starting to convince me on this latest single of his, “Lazaretto.”

Yeah, I understand that his voice, guitar tone, songwriting style hasn’t exactly done a 180 since the demise of the White Stripes–which you could argue he had an incredible amount of control over, making it a solo project in a sense–but I think Jack comes through with a decent track and some flashy accompaniment from organ, horns, and some glitchy synths as well. Since going #1 with Blunderbuss, he’s obviously making more instrumental strides and sending that ambition through the roof.

And that fiddle solo? Don’t even hate.

If you didn’t already know, Mr. White has a new album titled Lazaretto dropping on June 10th.

Tobacco – “Streaker” ft. Notrabel

Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Tobacco will drop his third solo album Ultima II Massage next month, and from what we’ve heard so far, it’s gonna be a filthy, scuzzy affair. Now, if you thought lead single “Eruption” wasn’t filthy or scuzzy enough, this new one “Streaker” might just scratch that dirty itch of yours. This new song proffers perhaps Tobacco’s heaviest instrumental yet – overdriven electronics buzzing, whirring, and crashing in every which way, and even the vocodered voice is decidedly distorted and nasty compared to the lightness and gentleness typically brought by Tobacco’s vocals. He doesn’t care if he’s harshing our buzz this time around. In fact, I think he wants to, and that’s oddly refreshing. Stream the track above and enjoy!

Ultima II Massage is out May 13 via Ghostly. Check out Anthony’s thoughts on Tobacco’s last LP here.

ZelooperZ – “Can’t Hang”

The previously mentioned Bruiser Brigade MC Zelooperz strikes again with a new track titled “Can’t Hang.” The dude continues to bring an over-the-top delivery, eccentric lyrics, and an animalistic flow that even Zelooperz himself seems like he’s hardly got a hold of. Oh, let’s not forget to mention the B-A-N-G-E-R beat on this thing. Damn!

From what I understand, this dude’s got a tape on the way titled HELP, and I can’t wait for it right now. My brain is about to explode from the suspense.

Signor Benedick The Moor – “I. A Boy A Man A King”

When underground MC Signor Benedick The Moor tags a new track “prog rap,” he freakin’ means it. This dude has a Bandcamp project drop a little while back that I was sorta hot on. While I think he’s a thoughtful MC with a lot of intensity, there was an overt screamo influence running through some of the songs that was a major turnoff for me.

“I. A Boy A Man A King” seems to be a bit of an afterthought or leftover from that album–I’m assuming because of the cover art–and I’m loving it. The lofty, multifaceted instrumental on this track is fantastic, and Signor’s over-the-top delivery grips my attention instantly. Yeah, he sounds a bit too much like Danny Brown on this particular track, but the diversity of his delivery becomes more apparent after listening to other tracks.

Despite an obvious influence, Signor is still incredibly convincing on this track, bringing a schizophrenic flow to the table as he attacks the numbness one might feel toward all the suffering in the world–or at least that’s what I’m picking up from it.

The way he speeds up with the tempo in the second half of the track is stellar, too. This dude’s got too much talent to be hanging in the underground too much longer, seriously. Enjoy!

Geronimo! – “Mr. President”

A wild, wordy, and riff-y track from Geronimo! titled “Mr. President.” It comes form the band’s next LP, Cheap Trick, which is dropping on May 13th via Exploding In Sound–you know, the home of my dude’s in Pile.

What his song doesn’t have in finesse, it makes up for in raw energy. The lyrics border on insane ramblings, and the tone of ‘em actually reminds me a bit of that new Big Ups album I loved recently. That makes me even more excited for this thing! Enjoy!

Ought – “Habit” (Premiere)

Recent Constellation Records signees Ought have just dropped the first song to be released from their forthcoming debut LP on the legendary Montreal label. The album is dropping on April 29th, and is titled More Than Any Other Day.

Admittedly, I’m a bit of a sucker for wordy rock ‘n’ roll with eccentric vocalists. I occasionally have to remind myself to really wonder if what I’m hearing is actually good, or if the band in question is just scratching some insatiable itch of mine.

Yes, Ought does scratch that itch, but I think there’s something truly genuine and moving about the slow-burning instrumentation and erratic vocal delivery of “Habit.” Singer Tim Beeler’s voice doesn’t feel too different from that of a young David Byrne, and the guitars on this track sound like something out of a Midwestern emo release from the mid-90s. The instrumentation grows in intensity as the music progresses, and the band lifts these guitars and drums with some wonderful strings and electric piano.

At the finish line, “Habit” gets pretty noisy. I suppose the wailing strings and repeated shouts of “I FEEL A HABIT FORMING,” are giving off “Heroin” vibes as well. And that’s not just an aesthetic comparison either, because Ought creates a similar kind of magic, I think. Enjoy!