Algiers: The Underside of Power

Algiers has an uncanny knack for blending many different musical genres to create a splendid sound. The band’s new album “The Underside of Power” was released on Jun. 23 and the title track is a mix of post-punk and soul. Check it out.

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Death Cab for Cutie: Your Heart is an Empty Room

Death Cab for Cutie’s Plans came at a pivotal point in my life. I had just graduated high school and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I couldn’t remain in my hometown and that I wanted to do something with meaning.

Plans helped me try and figure out life and also reflect on what I had accomplished to that point in my life. Ben Gibbard’s lyrics were both searching and melancholy and kept me wondering on the many possibilities before me.

“Your Heart is an Empty Room” is one of my favorite tracks from the album with its simple guitar chords and Gibbard’s sad lyrics that somehow makes the song upbeat. Check it out below.

Isaiah Rashad: Webbie Flow (U Like)

Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo has been on constant rotation the last few weeks. I really like the laid-back feel of the album and how hungry Isaiah sounds on each track.  Many of the songs have Isaiah reflecting on life and discussing personal issues that have shaped his life.

“Webbie Flow” is one of the best tracks from the EP with Isaiah displaying just how great of a rapper he is. The lyrics are direct as the beat has to keep up with Isaiah’s flow.

Foals: Blue Blood

Over the years, Foals have ventured into many different musical genres on their albums. Math rock, indie rock, alternative, and even new jack swing have all popped up on their records. I have been closely following their music ever since listening to their remarkable first album Antidotes. 

The band’s second album Total Life Forever was a game changer for the band as they showed just how versatile they were. “Blue Blood” is one of the best tracks from the album with its amazing chorus and math-rock guitar riffs. Check it out below.

Son Little: Lay Down

The first time I listened to Son Little was on The Roots’ “Guns Are Drawn” and was intrigued by his vocal style. I checked out his music and knew I had to share it on this blog. “Lay Down” is a mellow and romantic track that has Little singing about spending quality time with his lover.

Chelsea Wolfe: Flatlands

Chelsea Wolfe has a beautiful and haunting voice that is further emphasized on the acoustic track “Flatlands.” The guitar gently moves along as violins sweep in to lift and carry Wolfe’s vocals. Check it out below.

Big Boi: Kill Jill feat. Killer Mike and Jeezy

Big Boi’s new album Boomiverse was released on June 16 and it is proving to be a stellar album. The rapper has released several singles from the album including “Kill Jill” which is an absolute banger. The song features Killer Mike and Jeezy and each of their verses is incredible. Check out the music video below.

 

Amine: Turf (Stripped)

Amine has been experiencing quite a popularity surge with his career. The young rapper’s breakout hit “Caroline” is very catchy and filled with playful lyrics. Amine has stated that his highly anticipated debut album will “soon come.”

He recently did a live performance of new track “Turf” that features the legendary Charlie Wilson. Check out the performance below.

Benjamin Booker: Right On You

Benjamin Booker recently released his second studio album Witness which is proving to be one of the best albums of the year. The album mixes gospel, garage rock, and blues as Booker expands upon his sound. “Right On You” is one of the best tracks on the record with its raucous guitars and Booker’s growly voice.

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