With the torrential amount of new music that is unleashed upon the world every hour, it can be easy to lose sight of why we blog. First and foremost we want to share with you lot the music that we enjoy, and that we think you will enjoy. Through doing that we hope to support the artists we love. To this end, we’re going to try out a new feature: every Tuesday we will highlight the week’s notable releases. This will by no means be an exhaustive list, instead we’ll try and cut through the noise and present you with a manageable list albums that are worth being aware of. Let us know what you think of the feature, and of course feel free to share your thoughts on the albums featured.
This week has been a fairly quiet week in terms of big releases, but there’s still something for everyone—from rappers gone rock to dream-pop and folk, and of course that long-awaited Cranberries comeback.
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WZRD (Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius) – WZRD
In a fairly quiet week for big name albums, Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius’ project together as WZRD is probably the highest profile release. Inspired by a new-found love of guitars and especially Kurt Cobain, Cudi decided to make a punk rock album and the results are bound to divide opinion. This is no Rebirth however, and should interest both Kid Cudi’s fans and those interested in seeing what a creative rapper/producer combination can come up with when taking on a genre outside their comfort zone.
WZRD – “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie”
iTunes: WZRD – WZRD
Chiddy Bang – Breakfast
Another major label rap album this week comes in the form of Chiddy Bang‘s debut full length: Breakfast. The duo, super creative indie sample loving producer Xaphoon Jones and rapper Chiddy, dont stray too far from the template that has brought them great success and hordes of loyal fans, making this a solid debut effort. If you want great production allied with solid rapping then this album is for you.
Chiddy Bang – “Ray Charles”
iTunes: Chiddy Bang – Breakfast
Memoryhouse – The Slideshow Effect
Ontario duo Memoryhouse release their debut album The Slideshow Effect Today after what started as a multimedia project turned into a two piece indie-pop band. Memoryouse have been grouped into the dream-pop/bedroom-pop category by many, and while some of their songs drift slowly, almost aimlessly by, when the band decide to turn up the intensity and tempo a little they are capable of some cinematic, yet deeply personal songs. If you’re not familiar “Walk With Me” is still available to download free here.
Sub Pop: Memoryhouse – The Slideshow Effect
Gabriel and the Hounds – Kiss Full of Teeth
Communion is a record label which has been at the forefront of the recent UK folk revival, releasing music from Michael Kiwanuka, Daughter and Marcus Foster, and being co-founded by a member of Mumford & Sons. Gabriel & The Hounds may not be British, but he is most certainly releasing his debut album on Communion, and it fits perfectly in to their canon of enjoyable folk releases. Recorded by Gabriel Levine, and featuring members of The National, Tune-Yards, Beirut and more, the album is a very personal affair which alternates between Gabriel’s gruff, sometimes mumbled delivery and swelling, grandiose flourishes of strings and horns. If you’re even a passing fan of the folk/indie-rock scene this is a record that should interest you, and if you don’t believe me, you can stream the record in its entirety through the link below.
Simian Ghost – Youth
We premiered “The Capitol” from Simian Ghost‘s Youth today so if you haven’t yet, go and get lost in the sparkling, shimmering sonic landscape that this talented trio manage to create. Dont forget, another album cut, “Wolf Girl”, is still up for grabs, and if you think those two tracks are good, just wait until you hear the whole album. Bliss.
iTunes: Simian Ghost – Youth (only available in the US, European release will be on March 5th)
The Cranberries – Roses
Hey, don’t blame me, I told you it was a quiet week didn’t I? So…you could buy their album, or you could read about 10 Bands (That Aren’t The Cranberries) We Want To See Make A Comeback instead.
iTunes: The Cranberries – Roses