Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Sounds Like: Bless her heart, one of the biggest talents of our time. She left too soon, but managed to leave behind some scraps that are as ephemeral as she was.
Free Association: B-sides, demos, duets, all showcasing her massive pipes.
For Fans Of: Billie, Dusty, Nina, Ronnie, Etta, Sharon Jones x Adele, posthumousness.
Sounds Like: Donald Glover’s a 28 year-old actor/comedian (Community) who’s fourth LP, his major label debut, is R&B and electro-flavored pomo rap that’s so bad it’s good.
Free Association: Pitchfork HATES this guy; reason enough to enjoy a few spins.
For Fans Of: Kid Cudi x Odd Future, Kanye/Rick Ross veneration, misguided ambition.
Sounds Like: The laidback Jersey quartet’s second is tighter and shinier than their debut, but it gets a lil repetetive with song after song of surfy, looping echoey guitar pop.
Free Association: At least we’re only seven months from river tubing weather, man.
For Fans Of: Woods x Ducktails, Kurt Vile, low-fi dreams, hazy, lazy times.
PW's Music Issue 2014