Chance the Rapper Colors, Islands Doubles Up In The Top Albums of the Week - May 7-13
Fri, 13 May 2016 12:05:56
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No surprise album releases to speak of this week, but that hasn't stopped musicians from unveiling some excellent new records the old fashioned way - with a little much-appreciated notice. Meghan Trainor released her sophomore effort Thank You via Epic. Corinne Bailey Rae unveiled her first album in six years The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Virgin), an effort that sees her finding the light after her grief-stricken second album, The Sea.
Twin Peaks released their third album, Down In Heaven (Grand Jury), which finds the band unplugged and full of Midwestern blues. Wire has been releasing albums since 1977, and have done so pretty consistently since then - except for a 12 year break between 1991 and 2003 - Nocturnal Koreans finds the band building from their 2015 self-titled release. Avant-garde composer Rob Mazurek teamed up with Cairo Gang singer Emmett Kelly to create Alien Flower Sutra, which explores what it truly means to be an organism of any kind. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with fascinating new releases.
Here are our favorite albums of the week:
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book Mixtape
Last week it was announced that Chance the Rapper would be releasing his third set of recordings. The Coloring Book Mixtape is full of the heartfelt raps and gospel spirit we've come to expect from Chance. However, Coloring Book feels freer, moving between the lines without anything there to slow it or him down.
Islands - Should I Remain Here, at Sea? and Taste - Manque Music
Islands two new records are very much works of their own, and both find a way to sink through your skin and into your bones. ARTISTdirect caught up with Nicholas Thorburn to discuss both albums.
Digitalism - Mirage - Magnatism, PIAS
It's been five years since Digitalism released a new album. Mirage is worth the wait. It's big and grabs you from the opener. The album feels huge, even with the ambient middle, and pushes the envelope and Digitalism into a new space.
Jessy Lanza - Oh No - Hyperdub
Jessy Lanza's sophomore record is a standout. Oh No mixes pop with experimental electronica, creating a unorthodox, but compelling record that is certainly a joy to listen to.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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