There’s an especially electronic and remixed feel in this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist. As to why we can only guess, but it’s not an unwelcome trend. Next to established musicians like Moby and Daft Punk (with TRON: Legacy Reconfigured) are rising stars Sebastian and Matthew Dear. Also, fans of Glasvegas, The Kills, Maritime, The Raveonettes, Cold Cave and Timber Timbre will be treated to brand-new albums. Sample our picks, then dig in to the New Releases and find something great today.
The Submarines, Love Notes/Letter Bombs: If you follow the discography of indie-pop duo John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, you can track the evolution of the pair’s involvement. Featuring catchy, upbeat hooks mixed with witty (and occasionally heartbreaking) lyrics, it catalogs the bittersweet ups and downs of a relationship.
Leon Russell, The Best Of: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer (and Oklahoma music icon) Leon Russell is the creative force behind a long, distinguished list of 1960’s and 70’s hits. This album is a polished collection of some of his best work, featuring live performances and songs from his 2010 collaboration with Elton John, The Union.
Timber Timbre, Creep On Creepin’ On: What do you get when this folk rock Candadian trio, known for their eerie, gothic-inspired music, record their newest album in a converted church with producer Mark Lawson, who’s known for his work with Arcade Fire? You get a delightfully spooky album, rich with layers of atmospheric echoes and ominous lyrics.
Y.C., Racks feat. Future: We don’t know what “Racks on rack on racks” means, but that’s not keeping this catchy single from getting stuck in our heads. Turn up the volume and let your head bop along to this solid hip-hop track, straight out of Atlanta.
Micachu & the Shapes and the London Sinfonietta, Chopped & Screwed: This gets a mention in Playlist Notes simply for being a remarkable concept album from Micachu & The Shapes. Penned “Classical Crunk” by the band’s label, Rough Trade, Chopped & Screwed is 9 tracks of collaboration with the London Sinfonietta—a departure and re-imagining of Micahu’s generally upbeat sound.