CURRENT: My Morning Jacket – “Spring (Among The Living)”

Even at their best, My Morning Jacket recalled classic southern rock sounds of the 1970s. At Dawn perhaps best showcased this side of the band, while Z and Evil Urges pushed the band’s sounds to sometimes thrilling, sometimes frustrating, places. Now comes a new album, The Waterfall, and after the relatively quiet lead single “Big Decisions,” MMJ have unleashed the great “Spring […]

CURRENT: Jamie xx – “Gosh” / “Loud Places” [ft. Romy Madley-Croft]

In Colour will be the debut solo LP from the xx member, producer Jamie Smith, and after delivering the sleek “Girl”/”Sleep Sound” single last year, he’s unleashed two more tracks from the album. “Gosh” squirms and burrows through the ground, featuring some off-kilter rhythms that recall his brilliant work on his edit of Gil Scott-Heron’s fantastic I’m Still […]

CURRENT: Torres – “Sprinter”

The title-track from Torres’ second LP is among the most sonically upbeat songs in Torres’ growing discography, featuring a riff that recalls “Dani California”‘s recalling of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” When she reaches the chorus, Torres slowly delivers her words: “I was a sprinter then,” reiterating her slower approach now. The washed out, electric second half […]

CURRENT: Le1f – “Ooh”

“Truffle Butter” is one of Nicki Minaj’s best singles in a minute, with its bubbly, strutting beat offering the perfect template for boasts from Nicki, Drake, and whatever Lil Wayne is doing with his leg on the toilet. For rising, unapologetically queer rapper Le1f, rapping over “Butter” makes a ton of sense, even on paper. […]

CURRENT: Moon Diagrams – “Scratch The Snow”

Moses Archuleta, most prominently known as the drummer in Deerhunter, innocuously steps out as Moon Diagrams on Geographic North’s winter cassette tape series’ final installment. “Scratch The Snow” is an extended, sprawling slice of electronica that features the consistent hypnotic pulse of some of Deerhunter’s most startling moments. While not as essential as his band’s […]

CURRENT: Django Django – “Reflections”

On “Reflections,” Django Django’s second single from the forthcoming Born Under Saturn (out 5 May via Ribbon Music), the band’s art rock sound is consumed by a steady pulse, house-inspired piano, and one of their most expansive choruses to date. There are traces of Beta Band, Jagwar Ma and Tame Impala, yet Django Django’s influences are strictly […]

REFLEX RESPONSE: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

Kendrick Lamar, despite the break between his masterstroke of a debut and its follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly, wastes no time in issuing his new album’s mission statement. “Every nigga is a star,” Lamar reminds by inserting a sample from Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner. Throughout his new album, Lamar makes the deliberate decision to subvert […]

CURRENT: Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

With To Pimp A Butterfly a week away out now (!), another song from the album has taken to the internet, following “i” and “The Blacker The Berry”. “King Kunta” is more of a synthesis of the previous two cuts released rather than leaning towards one of the two songs. “Kunta”‘s beat struts with the same assuredness as […]