On the Record: Janelle Monae, Man Man, Arctic Monkeys and more

By Bill Chenevert
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Janelle Monae
The Electric Lady
(Bad Boy)
Sounds like: One of the most anticipated releases of the season, she slays with classy collabs, futuristic fables, soulful slow jams and a few hype party starters.
Free association: One of the most thrilling artists in the game keeps our collective intrigue.
For fans of: Prince/Big Boi/Miguel + sexy cyborgs, Laura Mvula/Lianne La Havas.

 

 

 

Man Man
On Oni Pond
(ANTI-)
Sounds like: Local weirdo heroes strike again. Their fifth in about a decade, and it’s their best—cacophony that comes back to a piano and a twisted sense of humor.
Free association: The moments of sophistication are more striking than ever before.
For fans of: Zappa/Beefheart + Maps & Atlases, Dr. Dog x Mr. Bungle, West Philly savants.

 

 

 

2 Chainz
B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME
(Def Jam)
Sounds like: The emcee with the laziest flow on Earth and guest-game star on countless tracks astounds with more uninspired tracks about booty, herb and money.
Free association: At least he knows that he’s essentially a parody of himself already.
For fans of: Chief Keef + Trinidad James x Drake/Lil’ Wayne, ign’ant funny shit.

 

 

 

Delorean
Apar
(True Panther Sounds)
Sounds like: The Basque foursome of alt-rock dance comrades delivers on their fourth, a delightful sonic treat of synths, industrial beats and joyful electric noise.
Free association: Once in a while, a little Spanish charm pushes through the fray.
For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club x Cut Copy, New Order + Tanlines, spanish techno.

 

 

 

Arctic Monkeys
AM
(Domino)
Sounds like: An excellent fifth LP from the Sheffield boys who deliver the beautiful balance of thrash, snark and classic rockness that Humbug promised.
Free association: This is how UK piss and vinegar should always manifest itself.
For fans of: The Jam/Clash/Strokes/Streets/Cribs, Bloc Party + Klaxons, pints and fights.

 

 

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