Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: The new don’s newest mixtape’s legit from start to finish with slick beats, variety of pace and solid guest spots from Nas, Kelly Rowland, Diddy and Drake.
Free Association: The girl that says “Maybach Music” 10 times each song has gotta be rich.
For Fans Of: Beanie/Freeway/Meek Mill, Jadakiss + Miami, stunna shades, cigars.
Bombay Bicycle Club
A Different Kind Of Fix
Sounds Like: The North London guitar-based indie rock outfit’s third LP after winning a Virgin Mobile battle of the bands is a hushed, lovely stroll through dancy twee.
Free Association: Totes inoffensive (if a little bland), but probably better in warm weather.
For Fans Of: Klaxons + Broken Social Scene, Metronomy + saddle shoes and knee socks.
Guided By Voices
Let’s Go Eat The Factory
(Guided By Voices Inc.)
Sounds Like: Pollard and Co. have truly reunited for the first time in eight years for a batch of new songs that pivot between jangle pop and angsty, angry post-punk sludge.
Free Association: Totally back in Oregon getting Pavement shoved down my throat.
For Fans Of: Galaxie 500 x the Breeders, Silver Jews + Magnetic Fields, the ’90s.
Himanchu (Heems from Das Racist)
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014