CURRENT: Small Black – “Boys Life”

I first discovered Small Black through Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint, which oversaw the release of Dave Harrington’s remix of the Small Black/Frankie Rose collaboration “Lines of Latitude.” That lush, wispy remix still sounds like a breath of fresh air, and on their latest, “Boys Life,” the group takes essential qualities from that remix and […]

CURRENT: Ought – “Beautiful Blue Sky”

Ought’s More Than Any Other Day was one of – if not the most – confident debut LPs of 2014, in large part due to Tim Darcy’s melodic, spoken-word vocal delivery, which falls somewhere in between Stephen Malkmus, Black Francis and David Byrne. For a follow-up, Ought doubles-down on the aesthetic they helped push into view on their […]

CURRENT: Micachu & The Shapes – “Oh Baby”

Micachu & The Shapes founder Mica Levi struck out on her own last year, with her compositions for the 2014 film Under The Skin gaining the rising artist a lot of new fans in the process. For her band’s new LP – their first since 2012’s Never – Levi and keyboardist Raisa Khan and drummer Marc Pell […]

CURRENT: Helen – “Motorcycle”

If you’re familiar with Grouper’s Liz Harris and her discography, then the first official single from her group Helen will almost certainly throw you for a loop. While guitars shred and drums pound, Harris’s washed out, reverberating vocals rise above the cacophony. While the sound is far removed from the stillness of The Man Who Died […]

CURRENT: Beach House – “Sparks”

Not that this week needed anymore great new music (thank you, Miguel and Vince Staples), but we’ll take it! Beach House announced a while back that they have a new album coming out near the end of August, Depression Cherry. Now, the duo has unveiled the first single off the forthcoming disc, “Sparks.” After the glistening Bloom […]

CURRENT: Janet Jackson – “No Sleeep”

It’s been a long 7 years since Janet Jackson’s last LP, 2008’s Discipline, but Miss Jackson finally returns with “No Sleeep,” the smoothest of slow jams, produced alongside longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song features Janet Jackson’s trademarked sensuality, and is refreshingly downbeat for a superstar musical comeback. This is more The Velvet Rope than Discipline. “You missin’ […]

CURRENT: Total Makeover – “Different Shapes”

Noah Stitleman’s Neighbors released their debut LP last year, but the Brooklyn singer-songwriter is already returning with a side project, Total Makeover. “Different Shapes” is refreshingly forceful, taking cues from late-00s indie rock and making them sound as vital in 2015. Ultimately, the song succeeds on the back of its assured, forward-thinking delivery, even as […]

CURRENT: Diane Coffee – “Everyday”

Foxygen made their name based on the surprisingly authentic takes they gave on 1960s and 70s rock, and following solo efforts from bandmates Jonathan Rado and Sam France, the band’s drummer, Shaun Fleming, is set to release his debut solo LP under the Diane Coffee moniker in September. The record, called Everybody’s a Good Dog, features the […]

CURRENT: Amateur Best – “Marzipan”

Joe Flory’s Amateur Best project returns with “Marzipan,” the followup to 2013’s No Thrills. The track is pushed by its kinetic, restless synthesizers, and Flory’s breathy vocals adds a fascinating ingredient to the equation. While the instrumental behind him swirls, he becomes a steadying force on the track. “I guess people hurt each other,” he nonchalantly […]

CURRENT: Class Actress – “GFE”

Slowly but surely, Class Actress’s Elizabeth Harper is making a push towards pop music’s inner-circle. She’s off to a great start, as her forthcoming Movies EP is executive produced by the star producer Giorgio Moroder, who has just released his own LP of some of the year’s most entertaining pop music. Class Actress’s EP is already responsible […]