Future, ‘Pluto’ (A1/Free Bandz/Epic)
At first, hip-hop was an exercise in musical distillation. It freed words and music from their melodic obligations, leaving only the barest form of rhythm.
CFCF, ‘Exercises’ (Paper Bag)
Dreamy indie flick scored by fuzzy synths and gorgeous piano recitals. Yellow Magic Orchestra-style minimalism soars.
Mohn , ‘Mohn’ (Kompakt)
Kompakt’s Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger live up to alias (translation: “Poppy”); Krautrock seeds yield narcotic harvest.
Death Grips, ‘The Money Store’ (Epic)
Hip-hop's first 20 years were built on decibels. A Bronx-bred arms race over speaker size, rocking without a band, "my JVC" vibrating the concrete, pumping…