An overwhelming number of impassioned, dedicated musicians all have new albums out this week. Hear blues and R&B singer Etta James’s last album before retiring, along with music by multi-genre guitarist Ry Cooder, the wildly sucessful country group Rascal Flatts, nomadic singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, and opera-pop vocalists Il Divo. Iconic prog-rockers Pink Floyd are also being celebrated this week, as classic album Wish You Were Here gets the deluxe remaster treatment.
Looking for something different? 17 year-old UK crooner King Krule’s debut EP is out this week, as is the newest from Atlas Sound, the solo project of pop experimentalist Bradford Cox. For a mix of new and old, don’t forget to check out the former Oasis frontman in his new band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach
Philadelphia native Kurt Vile received mass acclaim for his 2011 album Smoke Ring For My Halo. Vile’s follow-up, So Outta Reach, is out this week as an EP of songs recorded during Smoke Ring’s fertile sessions. It’s a yearend reminder just why we fell so hard for his blues-indebted guitar work and reverb-soaked sound.
Cazwell & Peaches - “Unzip Me”
Raunchy, in-your-face rapper Cazwell and the joyously filthy electro-clash Peaches make a dynamic duo. Their new single, “Unzip Me,” features both of their trademark naughty lyrics over buzz-saw bass and thumping drums. (One half of this fantastic duo is an Rdio Influencer — follow Cazwell on Rdio.)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Following the breakup of Oasis, Liam remained with the band under the name Beady Eye; Noel’s new group, The High Flying Birds, release their debut album today. Fans should need no urging to hear what Noel’s been up to, and satisfy their curiousity as to whether it lives up to his brother’s post-Oasis work.
Various Artists - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part One
The Twilight Saga continues this week with Breaking Dawn, and so does the well-received line of accompanying soundtracks. Continuing the film’s tradition of breaking new and exciting artists, this collection features songs by The Joy Formidable, Bruno Mars, and Theophilus London, among many others.
Gold Panda - DJ KiCKS
UK composer-producer Gold Panda makes his entry in the DJ KiCKS compilation series, which allows the hottest electronic artists to make album-length mixes of their favorite songs, remixes, and club edits, and to also contribute their own original tracks. Gold Panda’s micro-sampling style lends itself perfectly to this type of mix, so his entry is perfect even for those unaccustomed to the series.