In another month full of hip-hop releases, I think this EP from IDK (Ignorant Delivering Knowledge) is one of the best. The production is from one of my faves, Kaytranada. It’s got style for days.
Strong influences of afro beat, hip hop, and electronica here. I love the vibes of this album, great energy.
This album from Seattle-based MC Khingz has been championed by Gabriel Teadros on KEXP lately and does not disappoint. Beats ✅ rhymes ✅ and life ✅
This album is epic and ambitious. It’s fashionable to hate on Arcade Fire for corny-at-times lyrics, but I’m not buying it. There aren’t many that dare to reach as far as they do and the music reflects that feeling.
This is a Radiohead side project but it could just as well be a Radiohead album and no one would notice. Weird and great (thanks for the tip Chris).
For hip-hop, No Fear of Time from Black Star deserves many spins, as does Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers of course, and also Quelle Chris’ Deathfame. On the other end, I also enjoy Sharon Van Etten and her latest We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong. MJ Lenderman’s Boat Songs is great country-infused rock. For jazz this month, I had Immanuel Wilkins’ The 7th Hand and Jazz is Dead 011 to keep me company.