Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts 

Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards’ debut album 100% Half-Assed is the very first release from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco Records, which is “committed to championing groundbreaking comedy, in the tradition of “CONAN” on TBS.”  Edwards describes his comedy as “edgy, observational humor with a point of view,” which he applies to a variety of topics including veganism, his Jamaican roots, and Bruce Lee. Edwards is a prolific actor and writer, as well as the host of podcasts Soccer Comics and The Preposterous Sessions.

Bok Bok

Night Slugs co-founder Bok Bok takes a new direction, combining his roots in Bass and Grime with the chilled out sounds of R&B and Funk. He’s calling the results R&G — Rhythm & Grime. The EP Your Charizmatic Self leads off with “Melba’s Call”, where nasty synth sounds collide with analog drum claps, creating a perfect instrumental bed for vocalist Kelela. “Howard” sounds like an 80’s Boogie B-Side remixed with the rumble of Bok Bok’s infamous sub bass. The remaining tracks slow down, bringing you into the chilled out world of Night Slug’s latest creation.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 9.25.41 AMCasey Shea

In the spirit of Emitt Rhodes, Joey Stec, Chris Bell, Dwight Twilley, Harry Nilsson and Todd Rundgren – Casey Shea is a top-shelf tune-smith specializing in orchestral power-pop. His music is as timeless, moving and catchy as any of his influences.

 

New Music

Andrew BirdThings Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

The latest self release by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, made up of his versions of songs by husband and wife duo, The Handsome Family. Featured songs include their 2003 track and True Detective theme song “Far From Any Road” in addition to “Don’t Be Scared”, which he originally covered on his 2003 album Weather Systems. 

Freddie Gibbs & MadlibScreen Shot 2014-06-23 at 9.28.14 AMPiñata Beats

Piñata Beats is an instrumental version of the critically acclaimed, collaborative studio album from Hip-Hop heavyweights Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Piñata. The record takes you deep into the heart of Madlib’s production style, focusing on soulful, jazzy, un-quantized beats. Gibbs dipped back into Madlib’s archives going back as far as ten years for a few of the beats, and spent 3 years completing the original version. Fans of Madlib’s studio style will enjoy the sample-based production, laidback vibes, and easy listening strings on Piñata Beats.

Diane SchuurI Remember You

A two-time Grammy winner, legendary Jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur is back with a new album paying tribute to her heroes, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra. On I Remember You, she covers songs that were recorded by either Getz or Sinatra (and sometimes both) like the timeless classics “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “S’ Wonderful” and “For Once In My Life”. Here’s a fun fact: Stan Getz discovered Schuur at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival!

Genre Stations 

Electro Tango

Argentina and Uruguay’s most recognizable musical export, tango has been continuously evolving since it formation over a century ago. Electro Tango is the latest example of this irrepressible dance form reinventing itself, mixing the traditional tango instrumentation of piano, violin and bandoneon (an instrument in the accordion family which is the hallmark of tango) with modern electronic music styles and production. Gotan Project probably are the most recognizable name in the genre, but they have a lot of company now with groups like Bajofondo and Otros Aires. Imagine trip hop beats with melancholy bandoneon and violin melodies.

TWERK

Twerk is the latest trend in bass music you’ll hear rattling trunks and night clubs from Miami to LA. Trap’s sped up cousin, TWERK combines the world of Hip-Hop and EDM with handclaps and 808 drops. You’ll hear artists like DJ Snake, DJ Godfather, Diplo, Yellow Claw and the Ying Yang Twins.

Michelle Solomon

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/electriclandlady

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