For any true music lover, there is a constant flow of new music being released on what seems to be almost a daily basis. At times, it can be hard to keep up and keep track of which artists have put out new spins for fans to listen to. With the current release format constantly changing, and many artists opting to release singles over the course of a few months, or drop an EP rather than a full album, it’s enough to keep the most ardent of fans busy ’round the clock.
Recently, there has a number of interesting listens from well-known artists, and those in which you might only be hearing of for the first time. We decided to highlight a few of those artists that have been on our playlist over the last few weeks for you to check out at your own discretion. Take a listen and enjoy (hopefully)!
Khruangbin – “Maria Tambien”
The Texas-based trio is back at it with some new music. “Maria También” features Middle Eastern influences, with the the video for the track showcasing Iranian female artists that were pushing creativity and freedom of expression prior to the Revolution of 1979. The freedom fighters were subsequently exiled or silenced post-revolution, and Khruangbin are going and making sure these revolutionaries are not forgotten.
[via Night Time Stories]
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Doc”
A funky, horn-heavy number the band has dubbed “Doc.” The upbeat and rollicking song shows Pigeons at their finest, with the energy of the Baltimore, MD-based acts high-octane performances perfectly translated in the tune. Guitarist Jeremy Schon explained the backstory of the track, as it being a dedication to one of the band’s earliest and most outspoken fans, “Doc’s a wildfire whose never-quit attitude deserved to be immortalized on Pizazz with blazing horns, scorching solos, and the love for ‘beats and funky psychedelia.’” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong just released their latest album Pizazz in October to rave reviews.
Melodic guitars a la The Police or The Cure and catchy 80’s pop vocals prevail with this quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden. There is some seriously incredible music coming out of Scandinavia at the moment, it would be prudent to keep an ear out for what is making its way from the other side of the pond. Makthaverskan just released their latest album, III, back in October and it is starting to get a lot of spins for a very good reason.
[via Run For Cover Records]
Of Clocks And Clouds “Burn A Hole Pt. 2”
This Brooklyn-based trio blends the electronic and rock genres seamlessly into a psychedelic dreamscape. Of Clocks and Clouds is definitely a sonic force worth the experience, and has the potential to make a serious run at the big time. No joke.
[via Of Clocks And Clouds]
Björk “The Gate”
The first single from her forthcoming album, Björk continues to prove why she is one of the most creative, innovative, and emotive artists that has ever graced this Earth. When describing her latest work, the Icelandic goddess explained, “this new album is about a love that’s even greater. [I]t’s about rediscovering love—but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word.” She continues to impress forty years into what has been an iconic career of always seeking to push the boundaries of art and human existence.
Black Pistol Fire “Lost Cause”
From their latest album, Deadbeat Graffiti (which was released in September), this Toronto, Canada duo is quickly ascending the ranks. With high-octane rock and plenty of grit, Black Pistol Fire is a name you will be hearing about for years to come. They just came through Colorado for a two-night run at Globe Hall and BellyUp Aspen that rocked the Rockies. Check out our latest feature on BellyUp Aspen here.
Borahm Lee “The Shaman”
Downtempo and synthed-out hypnotic grooves are delivered straight to your inner ear canal from the Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band keyboardist and producer. Lee recently debuted a group dubbed J.E.D.I. – Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation – with drummer Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce/Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power) with a 3-night run in the Northeast in Philly, NYC, and Albany – check out a recap and video from the Philly show here.
Louis Cato “Down For You”
Louis Cato‘s skills are showcased on The Late Night with Stephen Colbert on a nightly basis as part of John Batiste’s house band Stay Human, but the multi-instrumentalist is literally one of the most versatile musicians in the world today. You may not be familiar with Cato yet, but you should be. The Portugal-born, former Berklee College of Music student has recorded and toured with heavy hitters such as Snarky Puppy, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, John Legend, Beyonce, and Q-Tip for several very good reasons. With the recent release of his first solo album, Starting Now (Nov. 17th release), the world finally gets pure, unadulterated Cato. He just played a record release show at NYC’s at Rockwood Music Hall. This is an album you won’t want to sleep on.