It’s new music season! Yesterday saw the release of eight fantastic full-lengths by mainstream-aversive artists like Nnamdi Ogbonnaya and Nadia Reid, along with bigger names like Methyl Ethel and FKJ. Here’s a quick breakdown of these dope new records:
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – DROOL
Chicago R&B soloist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is one prolific sonuvagun, but this newest effort could his breakout record. Part Odd Future-indebted hip-hop, part zany electro-soul, this thirteen-track album is a consistently cool listen featuring an impressive crew of guest appearances.
💯 Tracks: “dOn’t turn me on”, “Think That Way”, “Cindy oSo”
Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
True to their namesake, London-based Afropop ensemble Ibibio Sound Machine deliver an eclectic, ecstasy-inducing follow-up to their thoroughly impressive debut.
💯 Tracks: “Give Me A Reason”, “Trance Dance”
FKJ – French Kiwi Juice
Parisian producer and multi-instrumentalist FKJ’s long-awaited debut album is a sincerely funky assortment of R&B grooves and neo-soul ballads that brings his singing and songwriting talents to the fore.
💯 Tracks: “Vibin’ Out”, “Die With A Smile”, “We Ain’t Feeling Time”
Talaboman – The Night Land
Talaboman is the new collaborative project of savvy electronic and dance producers Axel Boman and John Talabot, a match made in heaven for any serious techno/house heads.
💯 Tracks: “Midnattssol”, “Six Million Ways”
Nadia Reid – Preservation
New Zealand’s Nadia Reid presents a compelling, unclichéd vision of folk rock on her second full-length album. In the tradition of Charlotte Cornfield and Sharon Van Etten, Preservation is full of moody, introspective guitar songs, made more impactful by the sonorous tenor of her voice.
💯 Tracks: “Richard”, “Te Aro”, “The Way It Goes”
Alfa Mist – Antiphon
UK jazz producer Alfa Mist was more flexible on his debut EP, a highly underrated eleven-track masterpiece that uses Mist’s soul-infused hip-hop beats to showcase a cast of brilliant London voices and musicians. With this first proper LP, Mist approaches the topic of jazz with much stronger conviction, producing a handful of thoroughly fleshed-out instrumental compositions.
💯 Tracks: “Error”, “Potential”, “7th October”
Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten
Perth psych-rock trio Methyl Ethel are a confounding lot. Their pop-driven, electronic-geared guitar songs hint at R&B but mostly occupy stranger territories.
💯 Tracks: “Drink Wine”, “Ubu”, “Hyakki Yako”
Khalid – American Teen
Teenaged Houston star Khalid makes genuinely fresh, post-Drake R&B, the kind that engages personality and charisma over technical skill. It’s what saves less riveting pop tracks like “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Another Sad Love Song” from sounding all-out corny. But Khalid certainly has his moments,
💯 Tracks: “Location”, “Coaster”, “Hopeless”
Temples – Volcano
English rock group Temples go easy on the hallucinogens for their newest record. It’s an oddly enjoyable album, electro chamber pop that sometimes feels wayward and unfocused. But on faster, more rhythmically engaging numbers, the band really shines.
💯 Tracks: “Certainty”, “I Wanna Be Your Mirror”, “Open Air”