Rhye | Blood
It’s weird to think that it’s been 5 years since we’ve gotten a Rhye record. But not a moment too soon we have yet another LP of nearly immaculate music. Living in the delicate space between minimalism and sneaky-funky grooves, Blood is sophisticated, soulful and incredibly lusty. This is a heart-wrenching and yearning record that, although doesn’t have much more to say, does what Woman did with the same expertise and vigor.
Hookworms | Microshift
Delightfully psychedelic, this Leeds based group is alive and otherworldly. From top to bottom Microshift is just as powerful and cathartic as their previous works while still retaining the richness and satisfying musicality. Although this is the groups most accessible record to date, this is the result of a group truly hitting it’s sweet spot.
The Soft Moon | Criminal
There a ton of risks taken here, and nearly all of them pay off in a big way. In his most confident of statements Luis Vasquez combines his voice, beats and riffs with mechanical sounds, the results are a committed vision that is truly realized. As Vasquez grows more and more skilled his delivery of his bleakest and painful experiences become more and more cohesive, which touch all the notes of a bitter pleasure.