Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
For Fans Of: Chris Brown/the Weeknd/Usher/R. Kelly, Tevin Campbell, BET Awards.
Live From SoHo
Sounds Like: The London rapper’s exploding in the U.K. with a Mercury-nominated debut, this eight-track live set’s a fun reflection of his high-energy dancey hip-hop.
Free Association: He got Wiz Khalifa on his new single “Till I’m Gone”—brilliant, mate!
For Fans Of: Dizzee Rascal x Spank Rock, Tinchy Stryder, South London swag.
The Spinto Band
Sounds Like: The Wilmington, Del.-based quintet’s original soundtrack of organ dirges, cooky guitars, surfy echoes and eerie sounds helps us wait for their 2012 LP.
Free Association: A quirky story of democracy in a little border town through Spinto ears.
For Fans Of: Yo La Tengo + Buena Vista Social Club, Mariachi bands x politics.
The First Hundred Years are the Hardest
Sounds Like: The multi-instrumental folkie is a productive Philadelphian and his third LP’s a groove-heavy, funky spin on string-based singer-songwriter folk with charm.
PW's Music Issue 2014