(Matador/Of the People)
Sounds like: One of the most elegant, avant garde and artistic duos working on experimental house and electronic noise.
Free association: Let Space Is Only Noise rub off on everything Nicolas Jaar touches, please.
For fans of: Moderat x Primal Scream, Air + Kraftwerk with Kylie, unexpected grooves.
Sounds like: The 48-year-old vegan DJ/producer/composer’s 11th is full of cool collabs (Mark Lanegan, Wayne Coyne, Cold Specks) but littered with some snoozes.
Free association: He keeps evolving, but we want him to go back to his ‘90s catalogue.
For fans of: Juliana Barwick x Toro y Moi + Damien Jurado, dreamily ambient mature house.
(Kill Rock Stars/Domino)
Sounds like: The slightly manic duo of previously married Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss strike again on their 9th with a double album that’s a long, strange trip.
Free association: They are rock elite; even if they’re nuts, we have to love their mess.
For fans of: Stephen Malkmus (and the Jicks), Wild Flag/Built to Spill/Elliot Smith.
Sounds like: Hannah’s dead, and Miley’s a new woman with money to hire Pharrell and Mike Will Made It for a bunch of hip-hop/country/R&B/pop hybrids.
Free association: I really hope “4x4” becomes a huge hit and everyone explodes.
For fans of: Nelly/Britney/Big Sean/Future/French Montana, hip-hop and country grinding.
Sounds like: Their second since a hiatus is a classically mathy, post-punk, slightly chaotic affair—a treat for both newbs and lifelong fans.
Free association: ‘90s math-rock enthusiasts rejoice! Doesn’t get much better.
For fans of: Sebadoh x Archers of Loaf/Sonic Youth, Superchunk, North Carolina.
Sounds like: A brilliantly-put-together two-sided artistic hip-hop achievement to rival good kid, m.A.A.d city; three cheers for Detroit and Danny Brown!
Free association: Some really refreshing shit for smart and hungry hip-hop heads.
For fans of: Charli XCX x Big Boi + Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q/Freddie Gibbs/Purity Ring.
PW's Music Issue 2014