Sounds like: Yeezy’s seventh is a pretty solid collection of more simplified rhymes, atypical West production—he got lots of help—and always flavored by that ego.
Free association: Why does Justin Vernon have to be on so many hip-hop records?
For fans of: Dre/the Game/A$AP/Jay-Z, Missy x Frank Ocean, Chicago in Paris.
Sounds like: A strong sophomore showing from the Jay-Z protege, proving he can write and produce—and that he may be way more than a flash in the pan.
Free association: Tight guest game, thoughtful rhymes and headphone delights.
For fans of: Drake x Wale + Bow Wow, Miguel/Kendrick Lamar, sophisticated samples.
Sounds like: The Scottish legends of psychedelic and beat-friendly dance rock nail their 10th, and, yes, 30 years in, they stay relevant and fresh.
Free association: Required listening. You should give 1991’s Screamadelica some spins while you’re at this.
For fans of: Stone Roses x UNKLE + Saint Etienne, U.K. psych + electronica/trip-hop.
Empire of the Sun
Ice on the Dune
Sounds like: The Aussie electro duo specializing in sci-fi funk and futuristic pop ride the wave of their debut’s acclaim with more, pretty dancey pop bliss.
Free association: Remember how we used to care about Justice? EOTS do it better.
For fans of: Hot Chip x MGMT + Yelle, role-playing nerd house.
Watching Movies with the Sound Off
Sounds like: PA pride! The Pittsburgh emcee’s second is damn good for a 21-year-old white boy whose friendships with the black hippies are doing him right.
Free association: Pretty sure Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are rubbing off correctly.
For fans of: Earl Sweatshirt/Action Bronson/Jay Electronica, Macklemore, youth.