Revel in theses last few weeks of summer by streaming new albums from DJ Mustard, Daft Punk, Kimbra, and more.
1) DJ Mustard, 10 Summers. “L.A.’s DJ Mustard is here to hold your ears hostage for the next 10 Summers. His declaration of radio domination comes in the form of an album. With guest spots from Rick Ross, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, Yo Gotti, and the combo of Lil’ Wayne, Big Sean, YG, and Lil’ Boosie on ‘Face Down,’ this project is packed full of heat.” — Vibe (via Google Play)
2) Daft Punk, Human After All (Remixes). “Shortly after the release of their divisive 2005 album Human After All, Daft Punk issued a collection of remixes by the likes of Soulwax, Peaches, Digitalism, and Vitalic, but for eight years it was only available in Japan. In June, the duo re-released the compilation with four additional remixes from the Juan Maclean and Basement Jaxx among others, but it was still an overseas exclusive. Over the weekend, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo finally, and without fanfare, brought the album stateside with an additional remix by Homem-Christo himself.” — SPIN (via Spotify)
3) Roadkill Ghost Choir, In Tongues. “The 10-track album was recorded with producer Dough Boehm (Girls, Dr. Dog) during sessions in Athens, Georgia and the band’s home studio in Deland, Florida. With the band’s prolific touring schedule, including recent slots at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, In Tongues takes inspiration from the harshness of living a life from the road.” (via Consequence of Sound)
4) Kimbra, The Golden Echo. “Throughout The Golden Echo, there’s a sense that Kimbra — who in 2013 won the Record of the Year Grammy for her duet with Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ — has done the inner work of finding out who she is and what noises she makes, and still has a grand time testing the limits of her sound.” (via NPR)
5) Imogen Heap, Sparks. “The music on Sparks reflects a dazzling array of compositional approaches, from the most futuristic (“Me the Machine” was written using Heap’s gesture-controlled, music-making Mi.Mu Gloves) to the most interpersonal (‘Lifeline,’ the song that launched the Sparks project, was crowdsourced through contributions from Heap’s huge global network of online fans).” (via NPR)
6) Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker. “Flashing both the raw talent of a recruit and the acumen of a much older musician, Booker’s self-titled debut shows off both his youth and his grasp of past musical forms. Opening with the rock-salt barrel blast of ‘Violet Shiver,’ Booker plays a nimble guitar line that just stays this side of a classic Chuck Berrylick while the band tears around him with unfettered glee. In ‘Always Wearing,’ he stomps a fuzzbox pedal and unleashes a fury that brings to mind Ty Segall.” (via NPR)
7) Pallbearer, Foundations of Burden. “It’s rare that a contemporary group remains entirely in the metal world and still manages to find an audience outside of it, but the vintage-doom players in Pallbearer have done just that. Their ascension started with their debut, 2012’s excellent Sorrow and Extinction, and with the release of their brilliant second album, Foundations of Burden, it’s easy to imagine them gaining even more popularity.” — Pitchfork (via Pitchfork)