Week of July 15th: New Album Releases

july 15th music player

Jungle – Jungle 

Making quite a splash in the R&B scene, Jungle has stuck out due to their determined anonymity. Having only revealed a minuscule tid-bit about themselves – that being their abbreviated names (T and J) – the group continue to shadow themselves by using music video stills as publicity photos and hazing themselves under a thick smoke-machine fog during live shows. Despite this, they’ve built up a boundless craze over their motown-disco revival sound, taking influence from the Bee Gees with a dash of TV On The Radio. One of their music videos (“Platoon”) amassed nearly a million views in the first month of its release, and features a 6 year-old breakdancer, yet “Busy Earnin'” stands to be the catchiest track they’ve produced to date.

 

Landlady – Upright Behavior

It’d be a mistake to not highlight the art-rock project currently under Adam Schatz’s wing known as Landlady. Schatz frequents many instruments and takes part in more bands than you have fingers (so long as you aren’t some carnival freakshow, that is). He is noted as the saxophonist on Vampire Weekends latest release, grabs the keyboard and sax whenever he can for Those Darlins, throws his voice into multiple projects, along with plenty more that will go unsaid to keep on subject. So, *ahem* Landlady: Upright Behavior stands as the second album for the group. This go-around moreover adds refinement and an atypical song structure that invokes a Dirty Projectors parallel; a comparison best grasped by hearing “The Globe” below.

 

Slow Club – Complete Surrender

Stripping away the excess of their previous album, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson have moved forward in refining the sound evoked within their more simplified, junior LP. Where their debut Yeah, So was a post-break-up diary of sorts, Complete Surrender acts more akin to a parachute ride around the world. With as many quiet moments as there are pop bangers and genre exploration, Slow Club have truly pushed themselves into untreaded territory – mushrooming beyond themselves towards untapped glimpses of R&B, soul and folk-ish tones. Eleven songs make up Complete Surrender, each one making a mark as the best outputs by the duo so far in their careers.

 

Also available this week:

Anand Wilder / Maxwell Kardon – Break Line the Musical

Anna Calvi – Strange Weather EP

AraabMuzik – For Professional Use Only 2

Bleachers – Strange Desire

The Clean – Anthology [Reissue]

Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell [Reissue]

Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas [Reissue]

Conveyor – Prime

Fink – Hard Believer

Honeyblood – Honeyblood

Kelis – Friday Fish Fry EP

Lil Boosie – Touchdown 2 Cause Hell

Luluc – Passerby

Morrissey – World Peace Is None of Your Business

Plastikman – EX

Reigning Sound – Shattered

Rise Against – The Black Market

TRAAMS – Cissa EP

United Nations – The Next Four Years

Various Artists – Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran

Various Artists – Wish I Was Here OST

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Woman’s Hour – Conversations

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