When you open Pepe Deluxé’s Phantom Cabinet, you have to jump in with both feet. Even setting wacky instrument antics aside, it’s a musical baptism worth total immersion.
Before I Die has a fashionably unfinished quality, something that works in electronic producer Park Hye Jin’s favor. Park makes for an ideal musical antihero.
Guy Buttery, Mudassir Khan, and Mohd. Amjad Khan’s music on One Morning in Gurgaon is inspired, a transcontinental encounter that stirs the imagination.
Cochemea’s Vol. II: Baca Sew is an outstanding example of music and meaning working in tandem to produce an impactful record. This is soul music in every sense of the word.
Fatima Al Qadiri’s Medieval Femme possesses loping curves and jagged edges, luscious melodrama balancing ultra-cool and contemporary beats.
Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble’s jarring electronics and vocals are distressing by design, telling stories through multiple musical dimensions and flexing their skill for invention.
Perila creates uncanny worlds crackling with both elemental force and human ingenuity. How Much Time is a glowing debut worth a full and dedicated listening.
It is immensely satisfying to hear new music from the ever-innovative minds of Yat-Kha. Even better, though, is the sheer quality of We Will Never Die.
Making music in quarantine, isolated from bandmates and audiences, feels like the antithesis of everything Sunny Jain has done so far.