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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Alias & Tarsier, Brookland/Oaklyn
(An underground hip-hop producer and a siren with a killer voice collab on a cross-country project in the Postal Service school of album production. Moody trip-hop dances elegantly over killer, downtempo beats.)

2. Mojave 3, Puzzles Like You
(Brit shoegazers take their love for Americana rock a step further with this upbeat and poppy new collection. Twangy California-pop cuts light through dark lyrics, and we’re only blinded by how sunny it can be.)

3. Busta Rhymes, The Big Bang
(Busta relinquishes too much control to guest vocalists, MCs, and producers for his latest “comeback” album. Nevertheless, he comes back hard, and masterminds the first great, mainstream rap record of the summer.)

4. Alexi Murdoch, Time Without Consequence
(He spent two years winning fans of The O.C. and KCRW, but his long-awaited debut album has finally arrived. A singer-songwriter who owes a lot to the likes of Damien Rice, but still manages to create his own voice. A make-out or break-up record, depending on which mood you’re in.)

5. Zero 7, The Garden
(Wiz producers return to form after stumbling with their last record. Vocals by Jose Gonzalez and Sia anchor a straightforward and textured lounge album.)

– “black swan” by Thom Yorke
(The most orthodox song on his upcoming solo album, this is total Kid A-era Thom Yorke, delivering a stinging refrain – “This is fucked up, fucked up” – and making it as catchy as Top 40 radio.)

– “Allnighter” by Elan, featuring Gwen Stefani
(This all-night sex anthem is a little odd to hear after Stefani had a baby… but it’s a seductive bedroom/dancehall tune from a rising new reggaeton star.)

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