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Boogát El Gato y Los Rumberos

El Gato y Los Rumberos Score:9 Boogat’s output is rooted in a hip-hop head’s desire to comment on right now, but sprouts from a compulsion to weave the classic sounds of his ancestral Mexico into urgent releases. On his latest EP, El Gato y Los Rumberos (The Cat & The Rumble), there’s intentionality behind a

Intronaut Fluid Existential Inversions

Fluid Existential Inversions Score:9 Never stagnant, concerned with trends or even aiming to please, Intronaut have continued to evolve and experiment throughout their 16-year existence. Intronaut’s latest offering, Fluid Existential Inversions, sees the band once again pushing forward into new territory, while keeping a sense of familiarity. Fluid Existential Inversions aims to reconstruct any preconceived

Gladie Safe Sins

Safe Sins Score:7 Safe Sins, the debut from Philadelphia’s Gladie, might have been on the radar for anyone who mourned the breakup of Cayetana, lead singer Augusta Koch’s likeable former band, which called it quits in 2019. Less spiky and more jangly, this debut doesn’t quite grab in the same way Cayetana did, but Safe

Soccer Mommy color theory

color theory Score:9 There is a certain blue that colours the world between life and death. It’s the blue of an infant’s face, coughing awake in a world suddenly bright and noisy; the blue that runs beneath a grandmother’s translucent wrist. It’s the blue that shades Soccer Mommy’s color theory, a record preoccupied with waiting

Taylor Ashton The Romantic

The Romantic Score:7 Former Fish & Bird frontman Taylor Ashton’s solo debut, The Romantic, has been several years in the making, but it’s given him the time and resources to learn to collaborate with a wide swath of artists and musicians.   The result is a record loaded with unique instrumental choices and arrangements no

Wasted Shirt Fungus II

Fungus II Score:7 Psych-rock king Ty Segall and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale join forces — or rather, explosively collide — as Wasted Shirt, a long-awaited collaboration that has left fans expecting the unexpected.   Rightfully so: Fungus II, Wasted Shirt’s debut, is a rapturous eruption, a trip on a fighter jet without a seatbelt. Opening

Tycho Simulcast

Simulcast Score:9 After his recent Grammy Award nomination for “Best Dance/Electronic Album,” Scott Hansen (aka Tycho) wastes no time following up the critical success of Weather with his latest project, Simulcast.   While Weather saw Tycho explore new grounds alongside vocalist Saint Sinner, the latest LP from the San Francisco producer is a homecoming that

Caribou Suddenly

Suddenly Score:9 Only Dan Snaith (aka Caribou) could take hundreds of draft ideas — give or take 900 — and narrow them down to 12 tracks of Technicolor magic. While the Canadian producer has always exhibited a near-daily affinity to create music (just ask Four Tet), something felt different in the approach to Suddenly, Caribou’s

Real Estate The Main Thing

The Main Thing Score:8 Real Estate are one of those bands that it might take a few listens for their intricacies to truly register. You might start thinking this is just another indie group with clean guitar tones and wistful vocals. But that’s when the nimble lead guitar parts, knack for melody and strong lyricism

BTS Map of the Soul: 7

Map of the Soul: 7 Score:8 This year marks seven years that prolific K-pop unit BTS have been performing together. Fittingly titled, Map of the Soul: 7 is a reflective self-examination of the group’s last seven years, putting the individual members’ past trials and tribulations on full display in a way that the genre rarely

Spinning Coin Hyacinth

Hyacinth Score:8 Glasgow outfit Spinning Coin’s fortunes were given an early boost with positive attention from Geographic label boss and indie luminary Stephen Pastel, who facilitated their 2017 debut, Permo, partly produced by Edwyn Collins, yet another early giant in the scene. That origin and promise is once again delivered upon with Hyacinth, a shimmering

Ida Toninato We Become Giants

We Become Giants Score:9 Birthed in the belly of a steel water tank in the Colorado desert, Montreal-based saxophonist Ida Toninato’s new album lives up to its title, sonically and in every other way. The TANK Center for Sonic Arts offers the opportunity for musicians to play with 40 seconds of reverb. Toninato’s approach made