Hot in Alternative Rotation (Updated 2/14/17)
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Signed to Sister Polygon Records, the pop punk quartet returns with their anticipated debut record after a series of EPs starting in 2012.
Tim Darcy – Saturday Night
The Ought frontman is finally out with his solo debut. When indie rock can sound a little tired at times, Darcy and Ought provide a very unique sound. If you’re an Ought fan, you’ll love this record.
Hideout – So Many Hoops, So Little Time
Also a member of Cults, Hideout is the project of Gabriel Rodriguez. He originally worked on this project during downtime while on the road with Cults. It has a glam pop-rock ‘n’ roll sound if that makes any sense at all.
Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Ryan Adams has had a bunch of projects varying in quality ranging from meh to great. Prisoner might actually be one of his better albums, and that’s a pleasant surprise. He got notoriety fairly recently for his polarizing cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989.
Hanni El Khatib – Savage Times
Often compared to The Black Keys, Hanni El Khatib is one of many rock artists out there working with a blues influence.
Teen Daze – Themes For Dying Earth
You can pretty much guess how Teen Daze is going to sound from their band name. It is the solo project of British Columbia musician, Jamison Isaak, and he has recently added more elements of indie pop into his music and strayed away a bit from his chillwave sound he was formerly known for.
New in Hip Hop Rotation (Updated 2/14/17)
Syd – Fin
The front woman from The Internet’s solo debut is finally here, and it is as soulful and powerful as the internet while showcasing her skills as a rapper. Syd’s solo record released just one week after her counterpart, Matt Martians’ (also of The Internet) solo debut. Maybe more music from The Internet to come now??
Paul White & Danny Brown – Accelerator – E.P.
These two just work well together. Paul White had his hands all over one of the albums of 2016, Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition, and they continue that wonderful partnership with this two track EP that also comes with the instrumentals. Danny Brown continues to prove that he can make any beat sound like it was made for him specifically, but Paul White steals the show here.
Matt Martians – The Drum Chord Theory
Also a member of The Internet with Syd and formerly (currently??) of Tyler, The Creator’s Odd Future, Matt Martians offers a soothing neo-soul alt R&B sound.
Big Sean – I Decided
Big Sean is what he is. There isn’t a ton he offers hip hop as a whole that isn’t already offered by other artists, but he knows how to make fun and catchy tracks now and then. Dark Sky Paradise had a few very commercially successful cuts, and “Bounce Back” is one of KSDB’s favorite Big Sean bangers of all time.
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
After the widespread success of their first two records, this was one of the most anticipated hip hop albums in recent memory. While it may not be the greatest record of all time as some expected, it is hardly a disappointment and again proves with the duo of El-P and Killer Mike are often considered the best duo in the genre.
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service
The legendary hip hop group made up of Q-Tip and the late Phife Dawg returns after 18 years and delivers successfully yet another timeless classic. Their third record, Midnight Marauders, is widely looked at as one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time. This new album contains contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Jack White, and much more.