Recommended New Music: January 2017

RUN THE JEWELS- RTJ 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most exciting duo in rap right now drop a free mixtape on Christmas day and continue their winning streak with this third self titled album release.  Their political anger is understandably ramped up, but so is their joy- two guys celebrating a true friendship and partnership who are in the zone playing off of each other.  And the production is A-one as usual.

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THE XX- I SEE YOU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd album and first since 2012’s “Coexist” is both an improvement on that record and a step forward for the band.  While maintaining the group’s signature smooth, sultry sound the xx incorporates elements from dj Jamie xx’s solo career and uses samples for the first time.

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MIGOS- CULTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlanta trap-rappers piggy-back and the success of #1 single “Bad and Boujee” and follow-up smash “T-Shirt” with the best album of their career so far.  Though “Culture” is certainly front-loaded it’s still by far their most consistently good release so far and its unique but more accessible sound should garner the group a ton of new fans.

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JULIE BYRNE- NOT EVEN HAPPINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophomore album by NYC transplant Julie Byrne is a beautiful and serene mixture of folk and new age music.  It’s over in just over thirty minutes and feels even shorter- there are no weak moments.

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CLOUD NOTHINGS- LIFE WITHOUT SOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Life Without Sound” continues Cleveland indie rocker Dylan Baldi’s winning streak to three in a row.  It is a slightly more melodic update of the passionate, energetic, lo-fi bash-pop sound the band has carved out over most of the past decade.  And the drums remain ferocious.

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