Dustin Ragucos: Aside from being great music to set up a trailer for a new Grand Theft Auto game, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” will allow one to remember Kanye West’s great “Good Life” and then almost immediately forget about its existence. The vocals and electronics are so attached to each other that stripping one of those factors will rip the life force from the track. The song gets dirty, but listeners will feel their grimy lives cleansed by the Persuasions samples. [9/10]
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Kevin Korber: Manic and soulful, Franklin James Fisher is proclaiming the end of times while pointing a finger at the bastards who brought it about. His fiery vocals vocals infuse a unique life into Algiers’ mechanical post-punk. [8/10]
Calgary, Alberta band Chron Goblin have been steadily gaining momentum over the last few years, their brand of psychedelic heavy rock improving with each new release. Their fourth album Backwater finds the band’s sound crystallizing to the point where these guys lock themselves into a ferocious groove and keep listeners riveted. Which, if you play this swaggering style of music, is crucial: in command, but loose. Like David Wooderson. You hear it in Chron Goblin’s new track “Give Way”.
Timothy Gabriele: Here’s what I was hoping for back when cloud rap first exploded into the collective consciousness. Less slapdash, more professional, but still taking serious a bit of that old woozy wobbly. Better late than never I guess. Is this actually prog hop though? There’s that changeup in the middle, coupled with the fact that their album is called Evermore: The Art of Duality, which would elicit loud shouts of “waaaanker” were it a bunch of white dudes who were classically trained and had at least one member with a pony tail. Still, it’s hard not to get down with this, which seems to exist in some liminal zone between the street and the astral plane. We’re not going to overlook this line “I’m coming for the globe like I’m Adolph”, though, right? [7/10]
Billing themselves as “moonlit folk rock”, Los Angeles trio Distant Cousins are poised to leap on to the folk rock bandwagon currently occupied by the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe. Typically breezy, catchy, and unapologetically cute, the band’s new track “Taste of Tomorrow”, is an immediate highlight of their new EP, which comes out on 15 October (pre-order it here). It’s folk rock built for festival crowds, singing about the sunshine, boasting a snappy funk rhythm section, and sing-along vocals made for crowds of tens of thousands. Beware, this sucker’s going to be in your head all day.