QUARTERLY REPORT: Best of 2014 (July-September)

It’s that time of year again. Following March’s Quarterly Report and June’s Mid–Year Recap, today I bring you a list of my 50 favorite tracks, as well as my 10 favorite albums, from this past quarter. July through September, artists ranging from Flying Lotus to Jessie Ware, Ariel Pink to Sophie, have been worthy recipients of […]

CURRENT: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

If you had never heard a Kendrick Lamar song until “i”, it would be pretty easy to guess how Lamar is feeling these days. Hell, he explicitly says as much on the song’s hook, as he exclaims, “I love myself!” Self-love may be one of the most frowned upon concepts in modern hip-hop (i.e., Kanye […]

CURRENT: Peaking Lights – “Everyone and Us”

Peaking Lights are back with a new album, Cosmic Love, on 7 October through Weird World, and they’ve just unleashed a second prerelease single, this one titled “Everyone and Us”. Behind an island groove, the duo appears to be gaining more confidence, with the recording possessing a relaxed quality that allows the listener to fully sink herself […]

CURRENT: Jessie Ware – “Kind of… Sometimes… Maybe” (feat. Miguel)

Jessie Ware has been knocking it out of the park with every single released thus far from her follow-up to her sublime 2012 introduction Devotion. Tough Love has already brought us the breathtaking title track and “Say You Love Me”, as well as the Dev Hynes-assisted “Want Your Feeling”. But it’s her collaboration with Miguel on “Kind […]

CURRENT: Zola Jesus – “Go (Blank Sea)”

Zola Jesus was already making some of the best music of the decade, with her 2011 album Conatus standing as one of that year’s best records. Behind the abstract productions stood Nika Roza Danilova’s stunning vocals, which signaled an artist capable of even better things. Those better things are set to arrive on her forthcoming LP Taiga, out 7 […]

CURRENT: Tinashe – “Feels Like Vegas”

  In the midst of the mountainous “Fancy” and “Rude”, Tinashe’s “2 On” was a small indie-hit by comparison. Don’t mind Tinashe has received a strong label backing, working with such prominent names such as ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, and Stargate for her debut LP Aquarius. But every time “2 On” came on the radio, […]

CURRENT: Arca – “Thievery”

Arca first gained widespread notoriety when his name appeared in the credits of Kanye West’s aural masterpiece Yeezus, with the Venezuelan-born, Brooklyn-based producer assisting on “Hold My Liquor”, “I’m In It”, “Blood on the Leaves” and “Send It Up”. He then worked on FKA twigs’ EP2, landing him two impressive references out of the gate. His collaborators […]

CURRENT: Clark – “Unfurla”

“Unfurla” is the vital first track released from UK electronica artist Clark’s forthcoming eponymous LP (out 3 November, via Warp), immediately asserting itself with a propulsive drum loop, setting the train in motion. The synths swipe in and leave tracers, as if they’re lights being viewed from high-speed rail. With “Unfurla”, Clark successfully, as he puts […]

CURRENT: Perfume Genius – “Grid”

“Queen”, the debut single from Perfume Genius’ forthcoming Too Bright, hinted at Mike Hadreas shifting from the quiet ache he mastered on his first two albums. But even “Queen” couldn’t have prepared us for “Grid”, which finds the Perfume Genius mastermind as arresting and loud as he’s ever been. It’s no more or less dark than his […]

CURRENT: SBTRKT – “Voices In My Head” (feat. A$AP Ferg)

SBTRKT’s minimalist, percussive electronica seemed to stand in the front of a growing micro-trend in the genre, with the producer helping shape trends and not following them. “Voices In My Head” can be traced back to SBTRKT, yet whereas his previous material stood out due to its electronic nature, his latest is grounded in humanity. […]