Safari Disco Club
Sounds Like: Outstanding batch of disco pop from France’s premier young and arty dance diva; you don’t need to understand what she’s saying to bug out.
Free Association: This IS like a disco safari—those wild animals got some MOVES.
For Fans Of: Uffie x Hot Chip, Peaches + Justice, the French doing things well.
House of Balloons
Sounds Like: Everyone’s bugging over this mixtape that Drake tweeted about and Pitchfork jerked off to, and it’s all good—R&B, beats, Toronto, herb, melancholy, ‘nuff said.
Free Association: Ain’t even imitation, collage or homage, it’s just right for the night time.
For Fans Of: jj with Lil’ Wayne, DJ Shadow + the xx, self-released surprises.
First World Manifesto
(Fat Wreck Chords)
Sounds Like: Chicago punks’ first in 11 years is overshadowed by the dickbag behavior of frontman Ben Weasel at SXSW; snarky, fast-paced but tame, and monotonous.
Free Association: Punched two girls, got dragged off by security, band quits—niiiiice.
For Fans Of: Ramones x Blink-182, Rancid + Offspring, punching women in the face.
PW's Music Issue 2014