Russian Circles "Blood Year (Sargent House)"
Ty Segall "First Taste (Drag City)"
Cross Record "Cross Record (Ba Da Bing!)"
The third full-length from Cross Record (self-titled) is a meditative, unnerving, gorgeous mystery of an album. It commands your attention, yet it spends most of its time just out of reach-lying in the space between… hmmm. Here’s the part where I wrote myself into a corner by trying to compare Emily Cross’ music here with someone else’s, and I’m coming up blank. It’s so singular and nuanced, you really need to hear this one to believe it (thanks for the advice Ripley’s Believe It Or Not). The closest I can get is… I dunno… Sade covering Radiohead? Does that make sense? Check out “Y/o Dragon” and let me know it if does.
Ikebe Shakedown "Kings Left Behind (Colemine)"
Look. If you’re looking for an instrumental combination of ‘70s soul music, exploitation soundtracks, with just a hint of psychedelia then obviously you want Ikebe Shakedown. If you are looking for a combination of chocolate and peanut butter, than obviously you want Reeces Peanut Butter Cups. Well, until we pivot to confection manufacturing we can’t help you out with the latter (although if you ever stop by the office, we do keep a well stocked candy bowl) but we sure can help you with the former! Kings Left Behind (Colemine) is the latest platter of goodies from the immensely talented Ikebe Shakedown folks. Every song is new, yet feels like its already a classic favorite. Get hyped for the unqualified success of “Unqualified.”