Sommer hole who? Every year I expect a slower stream of releases, and every summer I get a kick in the nuts. Especially August is always keen to prove me wrong, and August 2022 is no exception. With a shit ton of fantastic albums, the past month is heaven for music lovers all around the globe.
I was praising FLOCKS on The Weekly Recs before for not falling into the trap of modern nu jazz – which tends to be boring, formulaic background music. This band actually writes awesome songs, thinks about how to connect textures and how to pace an album. And they’re succeeding.
The collaboration we didn’t know we needed. Cheat Codes is absolutely brilliant, and rises to the top in a year with tons of fantastic hip hop already. From every angle, this is executed phenomenally, and it tackles some interesting narratives with elegance and flow.
Japanese math rock outfit Oavette are probably the closest we can get to Dawn Of Midi. I thoroughly enjoyed their first EP a couple of years ago, and was very happy to learn there was something new from them going on. This is a continuation of their vibe, and I’m all in for it!
I was looking forward to a new Szun Waves album like every other sane human, but I was still very much surprised HOW GOOD this album turned out in the end. For many, this band is just a side-project from one of the guys in Portico Quartet, but with Earth Patterns, it became at least equally as interesting as Portico.
Brown Calvin – d i m e n s i o n // p e r s p e c t i v e
August 26 // AKP Recordings
teen suicide – honeybee table at the butterfly feast
August 26 // Run For Cover Records
The cosmos around teen suicide is fascinating. I was an avid follower back when they were called American Pleasure Club, and I always loved the solo project by Sam Ray, Ricky Eat Acid. This new album is a successful continuation of their vibe, and it’s probably the best under the teen suicie moniker.
You already know the ‘what a great year for hip hop’ yadda yadda yadda – in the end, I keep nagging your with that nearly every episode. Nevertheless, the journey isn’t over yet, because this amazing collab between legendary producer The Alchemist and rapper Roc Marciano hits where it needs to hit.
If we are talking about modern chanson, Émilie Simon is my standard. This probably doesn’t say a lot – I’m not very well-versed in chanson in the end. Pomme‘s smooth new album Consolation did spark my interest in the genre once again, besides being great. And I’m thankful for that.
About 100 years ago (probably 6-7 years actually), I was an avid follower of the Youtube channel Mahogany. One of the most interesting acts I discovered on there was Jacob Banks, a soul artist from Birmingham, UK. For me, he was about to blow up in fame any minute – something which apparently never happened. Still, I’m checking out all of his releases, including his newest album Lies About The War. I hope he gets the recogintion he deserves some day, because this man is fantastic.
Those Japanese math rock trios! Paranoid void were always interesting, but missing this extra something to catapult them to the very top of their craft. With Travels In My Universe., they very much did exactly that. Very impressive.
This is exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve never heard of this project before, and I’m obviously not alone with that, but everything from the composition to the arrangement, from the artwork to the production is just done tremendously. There is so much passion and creativity on display with this record that every fan of interesting prog has to check this out!
Next to being the founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall is quite the accomplished jazz musician himself. Well, let me correct myself – his last full-length album Salute to the Sun is one of the best jazz records in recent years, so everything this man releases should be on your playlist. More Matthew is always appreciated!
I’m so glad that working with Jacob Collier put MARO on the map of many. To finally hear her amazing new album can you see me? is a pleasure through and through – can’t wait to hear what’s next for her!
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