Kari Faux joins the ranks of must-know names in contemporary rap with her most recent release. PRIMARY combines the classic moodiness of R&B with a more modern sonic palette. The vibrato on the guitar during “Lowkey” stood out to me especially - reminding me of popular indie rock, then making a total turn when the vocals come in. I’ve probably listened to this whole EP about 20 times already - you can zone out to this album just as easily as you can totally groove to it.
FFO: NONAME, PRINCESS NOKIA, SUZI ANALOGUE
The super-sized band SUPERORGANISM from London released the single Something For Your M.I.N.D. and it immediately caught my attention. They combine unique sounds and use samples to create an atmosphere within the song. Birds chirping, an apple crunch, people speaking Japanese and various sound effects create a world for the listener to enter.
FFO: THE AVALANCHES, SANTIGOLD
After touring with their last album Why Choose for two years, UK trio SHOPPING announced the release of their new album The Official Body with the single “The Hype”. With the same elements from their previous recordings, “The Hype” is tight with juicy lyrics that will make you question just about everything. I can’t wait to hear the full album in January!
FFO: SNEAKS, ADULT.
Producer and DJ Kinuko Hiramatsu first emerged in the Tokyo music scene in 2013 when her debut album Allegoria as SAPPHIRE SLOWS was released on Not Not Fun Records. Crushed by critics who said she was only getting attention for being young and female, she took a step away from music for awhile. In an interview with The Japan Times, Kinuko expressed uncertainty with the music she was making. “Lots of the people around me were doing really experimental stuff, and I felt like I was the only one doing something completely different. I guess that made me uneasy,” she said. In SAPPHIRE SLOWS latest release, Time, she has shed the cloth of self-consciousness and embraces her own style.
FFO: $AIYA, ECHO LADIES,