Sounds Like: Relent, because it’s a lovely record of deliriously pretty dream rock, full of lush sadness and celebratory beauty, sublimely blended over 10 blooming tracks.
Free Association: Worth investing in so you can play it loud and in full (over and over).
For Fans Of: Mazzy Star x Galaxie 500, lady Beach Boys + Yo La Tengo, dreams.
Go! Pop! Bang!
Sounds Like: Super-fly and hype hip-hop from the Baltimore emcee who’s Diplo and M.I.A.-approved, her debut is more bangin’ than anyone thought it would be.
Free Association: The perfect soundtrack for booty poppin’ and absurd dance moves.
For Fans Of: Lady Sovereign x Amanda Blank, Santi + Missy x Dizzee Rascal, summer.
The Only Place
Sounds Like: Bethany Cosentino is a polarizing woman; love her stoner, cat-loving ways or hate her sing-songy California fuzz, here’s fodder for the lovers—it’s not bad.
Free Association: More subtle and complex than Crazy For You, which should be easy.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?