It’s that time again. This week saw a slew of new releases and previews – here’s your guide to the sounds that we recommend circling back to.
Main Attrackionz – “G.O. Style” (ft. Dope G, Robby Rob and Lo C4)
The Bay’s own Main Attractionz crew has unveiled the first taste of 808s and Dark Grapes III and it’s an absolute winner. The cloud rap survivors push a laid-back flow to the breaking point – Squadda B and Mondre M.A.N.’s hazy talk of “zoning out”, and their Bone Thugs harmonizing, belie the track’s overall sense of stridency. The dizzying, modern beat is courtesy of Friendzone.
Bully – “I Remember”
Bully’s new anthem is proper indie rock. If it’s somewhat traditionalist, it also goes full throttle, which is too rare these days. Imagine listening to a mixtape of Bratmobile, early Superchunk and Liz Phair while driving to an all-ages hardcore show and you’ll be in the right headspace for Bully. The Nashville quartet is slated to play SXSW next week.
Jay Electronica – Road to Perdition
Jay Elec’ has offered up a free download of his latest track, “Road To Perdition”. He gets assistance from the other Jay and, um, Ronald Reagan. No, it’s not “Exhibit C”, but it comes closer than you might have thought. No word yet on whether the 7-year wait for a full album will end any time soon.
Holly Herndon – Interference
“Interference”, from the forthcoming Rvng Intl release Platform, is equal parts arresting and hypnotic. Herndon’s collagist aesthetic is executed with care – the track’s ebb and flow allows you to appreciate the insane amount of layers in her compositions. The album is out on May 19.
Kero Kero Bonito – Picture This
Kero Kero Bonito, a London 3-piece, sing in English and Japanese and their shiny new single sounds primed for international success. “Picture This” is a neo-twee, ultra-pop ode to the selfie. It’s every bit as silly and fun as that description sounds.
About the author: Luke Bradley is an arts and culture writer living in Toronto. He’s written for The Classical Magazine, Esquire.com, Myspace, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag and This Recording. Tweet to him @Sloganear.