Issue 135

This week, we review Blood Orange, BADBADNOTGOOD, Metronomy, and The Avalanches; we discover an exciting new band in Emefe.

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Freetown Sound is two things: it is the perfection of Blood Orange’s R&B and funk stylings, and it’s also a timely and important encapsulation of what being black is like in today’s society. Read more.

On Summer 08, Metronomy streamlines and simplifies their sound, becoming more approachable without losing what makes them unique. It’s a catchy triumph of a record. Read more.

IV is BADBADNOTGOOD’s fourth record (perhaps obviously), and their experience is obvious from the first track to the last. With a spat of great guest performances and a well-balanced track list, this is a record you shouldn’t miss. Read more.

It’s been sixteen years since their debut album, but Wildflower doesn’t disappoint despite the seemingly never-ending wait. Read more.

Emefe’s inspired take on modern jazz, funk, and pop is completely unique, and likely to catch you off guard from the first note to the last. Think of them like the jazzy, inspired version of Vampire Weekend. Read more.