Sounds Like: Tripped-out futuristic hip-hop debut from the Seattle-based Digable Planets master emcee, Butterfly—one of the coolest records you’ll hear this summer.
Free Association: Still nailing a jazz vibe but tweaking it in a glitchy, dub-step way.
For Fans Of: Flying Lotus, Antipop Consortium, Odd Future, blowout combs, nickel bags.
The Waiting Wolf
Sounds Like: Philly’s own Stoupe, of Jedi Mind Tricks, handles the production, with operatic Lorrie Doriza providing words and vocals for some trip-pop opera jawns.
Free Association: Danger Mouse tried this a month ago, but with much less success.
For Fans Of: Tori Amos over Herbaliser, Thievery Corporation, baroque electronica.
England Keep My Bones
Sounds Like: Former Million Dead vocalist, this Brit has left his thrash days behind for chiller, more folk-oriented punk and rock, and it suits him like Seville Row.
Free Association: Americans singing about the U.S.? Corny. Brits about England? Brilliant!
For Fans Of: Billy Bragg x Henry Rollins, Let England Shake, Shakespeare.
PW's Music Issue 2014