It was worth the wait for Colombian-American songstress Kali Uchis’s first full-length. A romantic collage of artists and sounds she’s encountered along the way—Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins on “After the Storm”, and Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn on the surfy “In My Dreams”—the album draws on Latin pop (“Nuestro Planeta”), hypnotic R&B (“Just a Stranger”), and high-flying psych-rock (“Tomorrow,” with production from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker). It’s a sign of Uchis’ artistic vision that she pulled so many creative minds into a single body of work that sounds so distinctly her own.
The Glitch Mob have been kicking it in this scene for quite some time, and have garnered one of the most loyal followings in dance music in their more than a decade as a group. The trio released their first album Drink The Sea in 2010, followed by Love Death Immortality in 2014. Now, four years since their last offering, The Glitch Mob have announced their third studio LP See Without Eyes, along with the lead single from the album, “How Could This Be Wrong.”
The idea for the album Luther started in 2015 after visiting Wartburg. It was a mighty feeling to enter the room where Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Latin to German. The translation gave citizens the opportunity to have their own relationship with God and to reflect on the written word, which was not possible before. This album is a musical interpretation of the historical person Luther at a time when everything was changing. Martin Luther chose the monastic life because of a thunderstorm.
Brilliant retro rock from Sweden that dares you to look below the surface. With dark and gloomy lyrics, Grusom creates an honest and unpolished universe, that questions life and death through authentic stories and malicious tales. Grusom is outstanding and captures a pure essence of how good rock music is crafted and presented.
A simply wonderful compilation of the singles of Nat King Coles for Capitol Records taken from 1949 to 1962. 4 CDs, all tracks are digitally remastered.
Come a Little Closer is a surprisingly effective mating of a distinctive singer with seemingly incongruous material and production. Helmed by Gabriel Mekler, who'd produced Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night, the record features Etta James supported by a slew of hotshot L.A. session men (including Little Feat's Lowell George). The song selection ranges from "St. Louis Blues" to Randy Newman's perverse "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" to the dramatic, melismatic "Feeling Uneasy," in which the junk-hungry James improvised wordlessly over an otherwise blues progression. Here's more evidence that Etta is one of the most versatile vocalists of her era.