July tortured me with heat. I hate heat. When the thermometer screams 30°C or more, I’m out of here. The air feels like jello when it’s that hot. In those demanding times, I’m glad I can lean on my good ol’ wiggly air, and let me tell (and show) you how many great albums July had to offer!
This band is my best-kept secret – I’m obviously far from being the only one who loves Ştiu Nu Ştiu, but I’ve been nagging my mates with them for years. They released great stuff constantly, and their new album is no exception. It’s hard to describe their sound. Best thing would be you simply check them out.
Probably the most fun I’ve had with an album in July. There are some songs that are a tad boring and by the numbers, but most of the tracks are colorful and full of energy. If you wanna have a relatively easy-going, energetic bunch of songs, there is no way around Blood Command.
Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother is probably one of the reasons I developed such a deep love for hip hop, on top of being one of the people I admire the most within the realm of said genre. The sheer spectrum of sounds and styles she brings to her art is simply astonishing, and Jazz Codes is one of my favorite offerings from her so far.
Bedlocked – Bedlocked
July 7 // Indepedent
Anna Butterss – Activities
July 8 // Colorfield Records
So smooth, so sweet. A record I’m spinning for weeks now, and I just can’t stop. With sprinkles of indie and folk, this is a jazz record at heart – it’s just disguised very well. A beautiful album.
Not necessarily the best black midi album, and the first one that feels a tiny bit style over substance. Still, this stuff is very great if you are into experimental rock. I really hope the working on their songwriting in the future and don’t look at their records as a weirdness contest.
The branch of power pop/grunge/’90s alt rock with a female vocalist is a bit… stale by now. There are tons of project that all sound pretty much the same. What keeps beabadoobee away from the generic monotony is their ability to write proper songs – and Beatopia, their newest album, is packed with them.
You take the catchiness of Tiny Moving Parts, throw out the pop punk and add a bit more indie vibes to it, and you might be close to the magic of Pool Kids. I can see people who have no connection to math rock whatsoever getting into this album, using it as a gateway. This record is fucking catchy and well-written, it’s unreal.
There is always some disconnect from artists who seem to target an Instagram/TikTok kind of audience. Often, those artist tend to slack with a style over substance approach to art. This might be the case with DOMi & JD BECK here and there, but with Not Tight, they proved my assumption wrong, plain and simple. With some killer features and a great take on modern jazz, there is no way around this duo.
Baum Sae – Communication
July 29 // Independent
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