Ma’ Dukes revives the ghost of J Dilla with 41 rare instrumentals on Dillatronic.
Bouncing through exotic samples, snappy beats, vinyl hiss and spacey synths, Jay Dee’s posthumous release experiments with blending electronic sounds and boom bap heat. The result proves the future of hip hop started 10 years ago. Experience the different side of a master producer on Dillatronic. –J Boogie
Twanked, danked, bageezed and shaglanked.
The professional-skateboarder-turned-professional-musician is not uncommon. Some people even transfer their popularity from skating to music. Tommy Guerrero has never been that dude. Having paid his dues in the early ‘80s skate rock band Free Beer, 2015’s Perpetual is an evolutionary masterwork of instrumental guitar songs tangled in surf music, eastern modalities and Spaghetti Western soundtracks. –Eric Shea
INDIE SUB OF THE WEEK
Psychedelic introspection and heartfelt miserablism.
Mat Cothran of indie poppers Coma Cinema, also fronts the sonically similar Elvis Depressedly, and on New Alhambra, Cothran and Co. wreathe their bedroom downer-pop and home-brewed indie electronica in swirling strings and psychedelic sound collages. It’s almost like a Joe Meek produced Postal Service record, or an even mopier Magnetic Fields / Sentridoh mashup. –Andee Connors
A holiday soul party to be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Classicist R&B act Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings break all conventions offering up It’s A Holiday Soul Party, with fresh and witty original songs that won’t make you yearn for the traditional Yuletide standards. Standouts include “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects” and “Funky Little Drummer Boy.” –Michelle Solomon
Floating Points weaves a gossamer tapestry.
London producer Floating Points (aka Sam Shepard) has always chafed against the 4/4 restrictions of DJing, and throws them off on his long-awaited debut Elaenia. Arpeggiated synths and deep house basslines share space with gently evolving symphonic textures. Like its harmonograph-created cover art, Elaenia rewards patient listeners with an elaborately detailed but cohesive whole. –Party Ben
Beth Stelling gets back to her roots with her sophomore album.
Simply the Beth arrives hot on the heels of Stelling’s Comedy Central Half Hour. She’s both dry and relaxed as she performs for a crowd in Chicago, touching on body image issues, handling men who tell her to smile, visiting the “Obi Gyn Kenobi” and her technologically challenged mother. –Kelly Anneken
Riff worshipping, biker-psych, fuzz freaks return!
Don’t Deliver Us is the title of Satan’s Satyrs’ third full length. But it also seems to be the perfect mantra for these leather and denim clad musical miscreants hellbent on spreading their fuzz drenched, garage punk madness via loose-limbed drum stumble, sloppy, proto-metal shred, snotty, teenage-Ozzy inspired vox and some seriously sweet riffage. –Andee Connors
Angel voiced country singer adds to the Christmas carol canon.
With Today Is Christmas, LeAnn Rimes reinvents some yuletide carols while updating a few timeless standards. The opening title-track boasts a soulful horn section and a groovy organ before “We Need a Little Christmas” follows with lush strings and beautifully bittersweet melodies. Aloe Blacc and Gavin DeGraw make guest appearances. –Eric Shea