Hot in Alternative Rotation (Updated 2/25/17)
Momma’s Boy – Liquid Courage – E.P.
Friends of KSDB and an up and coming Kansas City surf pop rock band, Momma’s Boy, has finally graced us with their debut EP after their debut single track, “Cool Heat,” was released on Bandcamp a few months ago. You can catch the project on our airwaves or Spotify.
Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors
David Longstreth’s experimental art rock project is now without his former bandmate and girlfriend, Amber Coffman’s, incredible voice but has as much emotion and pain as ever. While maybe not his best record, this self-titled project may be one of his easiest listens to date – if you’re willing to cry with David.
Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
This Swedish musician makes very fun, quirky, and sometimes sad, guitar-based pop. He seems to give himself freedom to do whatever he wants throughout the record – something I think we can all appreciate in musicians.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard’s first of four 2017 records is already upon us after three incredibly eclectic records spanning from 2015 to 2016. This is a slight change of pace (to be expected with KGATLW) after the intense explosion that was Nonagon Infinity.
NE-HI – Offers
This surf pop group has been compared to artists like Twin Peaks, and that can only be good news for fans of good alternative.
Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes
No, they’re not from Spain (Wales actually) Los Campesinos! bring a very refreshing indie noise pop brand of music.
New in Hip Hop Rotation (Updated 2/25/17)
Thundercat – Drunk
The man behind the best record of 2015 (To Pimp A Butterfly) by the best rapper in hip hop, Kendrick Lamar, is returning for his fourth studio island. Few artists produce such a beautiful soul funky jazz sound in this day and age. Thundercat has collaborated with artists such as Flying Lotus, Erika Badu, and Ty Dolla $ign.
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.