Following six turbulent years, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote return with their third LP of neo-soul virtuosity, Mood Valiant. It’s effortlessly likable and rich with heart and soul.
Dawn Richard’s Second Line is a gorgeous record featuring fantastic, strange, esoteric sounds playing with house and club conventions. It’s a pioneering record and easily one of the best of the year.
Using old-school analog tech, Dâm-Funk is using his unique ear for a deeply-felt funk groove to give us a hint at what dance music’s dirty future might be.
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Georgia Anne Muldrow’s VWETO III is a 17-track clinic on creating rhythmic frameworks that wow you with their complexity and propel you into movement.
Electrosoul’s Rochelle Jordan possesses a deep love for ’90s dance and R&B. She returns after a hiatus to deliver a record of powerful influences and seductive charm and tells us her story.
Rochelle Jordan’s Play with the Changes is a masterpiece of club beats, deep hooks, and sweet vocals. She brings warmth and passion to icy synths and beats.
Morcheeba’s Blackest Blue is fresh and stunning, the songs some of the most vital and innovative in the outfit’s 25 years. The LP is sophisticated and elegant but gritty, like funky, bluesy Deco.
Part of why serpentwithfeet’s DEACON is so remarkable – aside from its obvious musical merits – is that it’s a rare record that highlights Black queer love.