Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
Over the last two years, Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has loudly held onto her forthcoming album, through label disasters, public beefs (both reciprocated and not), and repeatedly delayed release dates. This year, Interscope finally released Banks from their kingdom, and she left the label with all rights to her music. Meaning you can now stream Broke With Expensive Taste here and buy it here.
BØRNS - Candy
Over the years, L.A. singer-songwriter Garrett Borns has popped up in several incarnations, as himself and at one point, a TedTalks musical artist. At the time, the world wasn’t ready for BØRNS yet, and BØRNS was still in the midst of the musical jungle finding himself. Call it a day of reckoning when his single “10,000 Emerald Pools” came into the world, bringing with it a tide of promise. That promise is now being fulfilled in his first EP, Candy. You can stream it here and buy it here.
Mark McGuire - Noctilucence
If there existed a euphemism for what producer Mark McGuire did, you could say he was the minister of marrying space and technology. Mcguire’s latest album pans out like the honeymoon after the wedding; even in the pauses and spaces of silence, a tangible euphoria hangs happily about his music. In songs like “Earth Grid (Activation),” you can hear traces of far eastern influences weaving throughout the melody, demonstrating the physically far reaches of his experimentation. You can stream Noctilucence via Pitchfork Advance here.
Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea
Parquet Courts return with their new album as Parkay Quarts, the not so obscure moniker they’ve taken to using. The same vision of distorted, punk-inspired grunge rock prevails here, featuring a blistering tirade on content consumerism in the album’s title track . You can stream it here and buy it here.