Hot in Alternative Rotation (Updated 3/29/17)
Real Estate – In Mind
Real Estate are about as sure thing as you’ll find in indie rock. Their beautiful, relaxing and consistent jangle pop got a refresher this time around with their fourth record (along with their changed band lineup). Add in some synths and sharper sounds to the the pleasantries experienced during Real Estate, Days, and Atlas, and you’ve got a new twist on greatness.
Spoon- Hot Thoughts
You can’t go wrong with Spoon and this track shows why. This single off their new album Hot Thoughts is a smooth stylish hook that hits you with its groove.
Coco Hames – Coco Hames
We don’t often place alternative country in our top play list so that can only mean that Coco is a singer songwriter worth taking note of
The Shins – Heartworms
The band everyone knows for their single off of their 2001 debut (Oh, Inverted World),”New Slang,” is about as consisted as it gets as far as folk rock bands go. They’ve had four solid albums since their acclaimed debut
The Courtney’s – II
91.9 KSDB has a soft spot for power pop The Courtneys brings us a song that leaves us wanting more. If you’re into The Courtney’s and power pop then this album is for you
Meatbodies – Alice
These days,when you talk about garage rock with a hint of fuzz, you have to imagine Ty Segall is somewhere in the vicinity of the record, That’s the case once again as Meatbodies is made up of colleagues of Mikal Cronin and Segall and brings his signature fuzz sound
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.