Timothy Gabriele: A good hook is all a track needs sometimes. I think most would be content to here Killer Mike and El-P rap the phone book at this point, but I for one am glad to hear a non-cat related RTJ project come out this year. There’s plenty of fantastic music for the era that the Rubble Kings documentary covers, so it’s unusual that they’d commission new music for its score, but one couldn’t imagine a more badass or appropriate tune for an opener than this. Killer Mike glides so smoothly in and around the beats that he makes it seem effortless, and El-P gets a bonus point and smiley face sticker for his use of alliteration. [8/10]
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Swedish band the Legends are set to release their fifth album It’s Love on 16 October. As a great little teaser they’ve just put out the new track “The Embrace”, which you can hear below. It might only be two and a half minutes, but the band creates a drop-dead gorgeous R&B slow-burner. If anything, it’s a tantalizing taste of a terrific new record by a band that loves to defy categorization.
Part Low, part Hum, part Spiritualized, Washington, DC’s Polyon create a rich and enthralling brand of fuzzed-out slowcore, and their second EP Blue is slated for a 13 November release on Funny/Not Funny Records. In the meantime, you can hear the phenomenal new track “Reserve” below, which perfectly encapsulates what this promising band is all about.
Indiana singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin is set to release his sixth album Like Us on 9 October. However, his pop music is so endearing it’s hard for some to wait that long, so he’s made available one more track to preview from the record to whet fans’ appetites. Cut from the same cloth as 1990s Ben Folds, the piano-driven “Don’t Mess With My Girl” combines wry humor with McLaughlin’s trademark charm and graceful hooks.