If you listen closely, there’s a decidedly Country and Americana flair to this week’s New Releases round-up. Amid the twang and slide guitar-inspired sounds of King Creosote, G. Love, and The Cave Singers, you’ll also find the electronic swells of Teeel, Death Kit, Pandit. Set against those contrasting sounds are the serious piano features of Adele, Dustin O’Halloran and Josh T. Pearson—it’s a very satisfying playlist.
G. Love, Fixin to Die: Yes, this is that G. Love. Riding sans Special Sauce, he reaches back to find, or more literally, rediscover his roots. This enjoyable tryst in country music was produced by the Avett Brothers. G. Love’s signature talk-rapping remains.
Adele, 21: With a striking voice mature beyond her years, Adele’s second album is an expertly arranged sophomore album full of sadness yet a little joy.
Dustin O’Halloran, Lumiere: Thank heavens for Fat Cat Records. They’ve become champions of modern classical—much like the dark, moving music of Max Richter, their most recent album is a complex and beautiful debut of piano and accompanying instrumentation by Dustin O’Halloran.
Various Artists, Sounds of Om 2011: As a tremendous supporter of electronic music, it’s not surprising that Om Records’ 2011 compilation would be brimming full of incredible music and remixes from artists like Dirty Vegas, Groove Armada, Kaskade, Samantha James and more.
Diplo, Riddimentary: Diplo selects Greensleeves: Diplo, the Philly-based DJ and producer, has had an incredible run these past few years. Besides running Mad Decent and diving into the side-project Major Lazer, he somehow had time to spend deep in the catalog of dancehall and reggae stalwart Greensleeves—enough time that a compilation of his favorite music was in order.