Well, someone has to be willing to champion some of the weirder music, right? This edition of the playlist does really go all over the place stylistically. It kicks off with a double shot of Ibibio Sound Machine, and twists and turns its way through Funk, Afrobeat, Electro, Thrash, Balkan Folk, Americana, Modern Rock, Math Rock, Indie Folk-rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Desert Blues.
Seattle-based, gypsy-thrash band, Kultur Shock have released their latest album, D.R.E.A.M. Kultur Shock have never been a band to shy away from their roots or their message, and this record is no different. It kicks things right off with “Refugee”. A driving punk song railing against the selfish and prejudiced treatment immigrants receive in the US, and no one escapes the scathing indictment… “And what about you, my correct friend on the left? Would you like to hang out or see our children on a playdate?” Musically, this is a relentless record. Driving guitar, screaming fiddle, a wide array of vocal stylings, and a tight rhythm section.
Rosie Tucker’s new record is beautiful. It’s an emotionally rich album that feels personal, but it also is full of humor and wit. I have to say her work has an honest feel to it. Throughout the tracks you’ll find embarrassing admissions, feeling laid bare, opinions that couldn’t be said in person and ended up in songs. It’s a bold and sincere Indie-rock effort, that is really finding its way into my go-to albums this year.
Other favorites this edition are Wintersleep, Strand of Oaks, the new collaboration between Iron & Wine and Calexico, and Hatchie. Oh yeah, and I think Ibibio Sound Machine has my favorite album so far in 2019. Enjoy!
Ibibio Sound Machine – I Will Run
Ibibio Sound Machine – Just Go Forward (Ka I So)
Panda Bear – Dolphin
The Chemical Brothers – Got To Keep On
John Vanderslice – Spectral Dawn
The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality
Kultur Shock – Haram Para
Fontaines DC – Roy’s Tune
Strand of Oaks – Final Fires
Calexico, Iron & Wine – Father Mountain
Rosie Tucker – Fault Lines
The Tallest Man On Earth – The Running Styles of New York
Hatchie – Without a Blush
Wintersleep – Forest Fire
Foals – Exits
Vel The Wonder – Deep End
Gifted Gab – That Way
Solange – Almeda
Tartit – Afous Dafous
Kultur Shock – Refugee