DJ Qbert – Extraterrestria/GalaXXXian

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!

Vulture Shit – The Joys of Employment

Some freakish, frenzied punk rock on this new Vulture shit EP, which you can stream via the widget above. If you love manic vocals and wild guitars compressed into brief musical blitzkriegs, then this is for you. Enjoy!

Sadsic – Sells/Cells

Previously reviewed beatmusic producer Sadisc drops a new EP, which is essentially a few odds and ends surrounding a massive, 20-minute monster of a track. The song is titled “Cells,” and it’s really a test of Sadsic’s abilities as a composer, weaving a group of incredibly varied instrumentals and grooves together into one pretty cohesive piece.

Give the EP a stream above and enjoy!

Shivers – Self-Titled

Dark ambient, jazz, noise, and a strong sense of uncontrollable fear come together on this new, self-titled Shivers album. The trio features the musical input of Rutger Zuydervelt, Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek. They’ve collaborated before, but this is the first time they’re doing so under this particular name. The final result, a.k.a. this album, is challenging, but surprisingly brief in its length. It would seem these guys wanna get straight to the heart of what these noisy, drone-jazz fusions are all about.

Look for this album on Miasmah.

Sia – “Big Girls Cry”

Golden-haired pop songstress Sia drops yet another song from her forthcoming record, 1000 Forms of Fear. It’s dropping July 8th.

Phase Fatale – EP

Some icy, dark techno from the new Phase Fatale EP. Stream it above, and keep track of the dude’s future releases and live shows over here. Enjoy!

Alt-J – “Hunger of the Pine”

Alternative pop outfit Alt-J drops a new track from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. It’s a moody slow-burning ballad that asks for your patience.

In the final third of the song, I came to realize this is a pretty cerebral piece of music. It asks a lot of the mind’s primeval side, I’d like to think. The song’s hypnotic rhythms and drones speak to something ancient or archaic, and it’s more beautiful for it.

Rustie – “Raptor”

Glasgow electronic music producer Rustie recently dropped a new single titled, “Raptor,” and it sounds like the future. It’s like the soundtrack to Nintendo 64 racing games set in the year 3030.

This cut is due for release on Rustie’s next album, Green Language, which is looking at a release on Warp Records this summer. Enjoy!

Godflesh – Decline and Fall EP

Famed industrial metal outfit Godflesh is back with a new EP, which I understand is just a taster for an album that’s to come later this year titled A World Lit Only By Fire. It’ll be the band’s first record in over ten years, and they’re sounding heavier than ever on this new EP, so I’m seeing no reason to be disappointed so far! Enjoy!

Courageous Endeavors – Prototype

Courageous Endeavors is a modern jazz quartet from Minneapolis whose members fancy themselves “the Twin Cities’ answer to the relevance of jazz in the 21st century.” I’d say with this debut album of theirs, Prototype, they live up to that. If you’re looking for some powerful modern jazz (besides BBNG), absolutely give this thing a listen. The playing is tight throughout, and the group is capable of delivering some breathtaking climaxes, perhaps the highlight being “Legends,” whose music video you can watch here. Check it out above - you’re bound to get the feels!