NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel
Ones To Watch’s very own NONONO released their much-awaited debut album today. The Swedish electro-pop trio bring their exhilarating upbeat vibes on full blast here, so if you’re looking for a feel-good soundtrack to your summer nights, look no further - Sweden’s best kept indie-pop secret has been fully exposed.
Robin Thicke - Paula
Ouch. Our initial reaction exactly to soul crooner Robin Thicke’s new album Paula, named after his estranged wife. In spite of the fact that the former couple’s dirty laundry was repurposed as song lyrics, we can’t deny Thicke pulled genuine art out of his despair, judging off his latest two singles off Paula. Thicke engages listeners in his misery via soft Latin furnishings of saudade (You’re My Fantasy),lightly stepping R&B (Get Her Back), and lilting, crazed-man ballads (the entire album, basically) as he produces apology after apology.
DJ Qbert - Extraterrestria
Electronic lovers and R&B fans take note, Flying Lotus does not have a new album out yet. But DJ Qbert does. If you think vivid, rushing clips of sound coming at you a million miles a minute is the perfect soundtrack for playing videogames and urban activities, do yourself a favor today. Set aside a few hours to drop off in Qbert’s new wildly vivid landscape for a while and you will love your life. You can thank us later.
Cloud Boat - Model of You
Foggy, ambient, devastating, inspiriting are just few adjectives that immediately come to mind when listening to U.K. duo Cloud Boat’s atmospheric sophomore album, Model of You (out next week). The music embodies and becomes the listener, easily sucking the mind into its lulling grasp and then spitting it back out at the end of each song. Fans of Radiohead, Bastille, and Brian Eno may all find something in common here. Hear it on First Listen via NPR.