After a meteoric rise over the past decade, acclaimed Australian rapper Iggy Azalea drops the third and (possibly) final album, The End of an Era. Signifying a time to potentially take a step back from music, Iggy surely doesn't go out without a bang. With standout hits such as "Brazil," "Iam The Stripclub," & "Sex on the Beach (feat. SophiaScott)," the 14 track album is filled with bangers returning to the sound of her mixtape roots.
Shout Out! To Freedom oscillates between electronica, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary styles. The album contains a wealth of guest features, with contributions by Greentea Peng, ShabakaHutchings, OSHUN and HaileSupreme. Although nine albums into his career, GeorgeEvelyn AKA Nightmares on Wax considers this album to be the first time he has truly found his sound. *Limited double blue colored vinyl LP*
Remi Wolf will cement her status as one of pop music's brightest young stars with her debut album Juno. Her eclectic sound, style and magnetic personality has brought forth an avid fan base that has made her a trailblazer of the emerging Gen Z pop scene. With all of her accomplishments before her debut album, Juno will solidify what already seems written in stone; Remi Wolf is a star.
Harding's songs convey an eclectic blend of genres leaping from the many musical lives he has lived from following his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour around the country as a child to rapping in Atlanta, forming a garage band with The Black Lips' Cole Alexander to singing back-up for Cee Lo Green. Through these experiences he fully embraces life's darkest intricacies and conjures dynamic, addictive melodies.
Building upon Perez Prado's dissonant, near avant-garde vision of the mambo, and highlighting the Lucumí subtext of Cuban rhythms and styles, the band continues to explore and expand the island's rich rhythmic palette and repertoire while drawing deeply from folkloric and religious traditions seldom heard in popular music. 16 Rayos is here to shine its musical rays on us, warm our hearts, and irresistibly move our bodies.
A slight departure from James' last few albums, Open Road leans more into the Americana/blues/ roots categories. While it was made during a time when connecting with others was difficult, this is a record that celebrates personal connections – a deeply satisfying set of original tunes and reinterpretations of covers by a diverse group of songwriters including Bob Dylan, Albert King, Tony Joe White and Otis Rush.
ETID makes a glorious hardcore-punk noise. Alchemized by a swampy summoning of Southern rock and coarse poetry, the music swirls beneath sardonic and clever wordplay, cementing them as leaders, not followers. Radicalproves with every track that it is a distillation of the strengths of their past, injected with their unyielding revelry and signature sarcasm while cognizant – and fiercely combative – of the present state of world affairs.
Following 2016's critically acclaimed Black Terry Cat, Una Rosa dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly powerful songs while Rubino's powerhouse vocals mix R&B, Hip-Hop and Jazz influences, all delivered with a soulful punk aura. As Rubino puts it, "…my sound is a collage of different music coming together on a visceral level, connecting the dots with my voice and imagination."
Pinky's Blues is a raw, electric guitar driven romp through the backroads of Texas, with Foley's signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster, ''Pinky'' at the wheel. The 12 songs, both original and some of her favorite covers, demonstrate not only that Sue is one of the world's greatest Blues guitarists, but that the sheer joy of playing can be felt through the recording in this emotional thrill for the listener.
Though there's flying reindeer and fallen tinsel and angels serenely plucking harps, Shires' finespun storytelling sheds light on the kind of holiday experiences and emotions that often go ignored in Christmas songs: the family drama, forced cheer and elaborate fantasies of escaping off to some far-away tropical island. The results belong to that rare breed of holiday music that feels undeniably resonant at any season of the year.
Coming off her first number one single with "Somebody Like That" & 2021 ACM's New female artist nominee, Tenille Arts is set to release her third studio album, Girl To Girl. Tenille continues to deliver magic with the 13 track album while stepping into stardom on a major tours throughout the upcoming year with Lady A. Features include Matt Stell & Callista Clark.
Featuring pop icons including BarryManilow, Seal, JamesVincentMcMorrow, Closer has been three years in the making. The album has been co-produced by Stuart Price, the three-time Grammy-winning electronic musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer known for his work with artists such as Madonna, The Killers, Dua Lipa and Pet Shop Boys.
Tattoo You celebrates 40 years with the release of a brand new Super Deluxe 5 LP Boxset which includes the newly remastered version of Tattoo You, Lost & Found: Rarities, and Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982. Also included is a 124-page book featuring over 200 rare photos from recording sessions and their world tour, plus interviews with producer Chris Kimsey and photographer Hubert Kretzscmar. The package includes a special lenticular sleeve.
Originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, this last year saw Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs documenting the emotional ebb and flow of the human condition, in all its extremes, serving as a soul enriching document for our times.
Super Deluxe version of the all-time classic contains 8 LPs on 180g vinyl showcasing the newly remastered album from the original analog tapes along with 4 complete concerts on the Nevermind Tour from Amsterdam, Melbourne, Tokyo and Del Mar, California. Also included is a first-ever 7-inch for "Endless, Nameless" with B-sides "Even In His Youth" and "Aneurysm," and a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos.
The Destroyer 45th Anniversary deluxe 2LP edition features the first ever 1/2-speed mastered album from Abbey Road Mastering Studios on 180g audiophile vinyl plus 12 bonus tracks – 10 unreleased – including the new "Beth (Acoustic Mix)." Also included, a 20-page booklet showcasing unreleased & rare photos along with "The Story of Destroyer" liner notes.
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