It’s February, and as the snow thaws and Spring gets ready to sprang, the hits just keep coming. Lots and lots of new music to get through this week, so read on for my impressions of new platters from Hot Chip, HIM and many, many more. My ears are ringing, but I do it all for you.
Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 103 – The Snowman strikes back, returning to his roots with another installment in the Thug Motivation series. After 2008′s oddly prescient The Recession, people are predicting this to be a return to form for Jeezy with guests from Eminem, Kanye West, Just Blaze and more.
Phantogram – Eyelid Moves – NYC electro-rock duo is getting set to drop their first LP after electrifying crowds with live shows over the last few years. I know, the “latest band from New York” thing is already played out, but these guys are the real deal, mashing up a vast panoply of influences into an absurdly catchy, heavily danceable indie-rock mess. This should rule.
Sade – Soldier Of Love – Sade’s undergoing a bit of a career resurgence lately, with her first new album since 2000′s Lover’s Rock grabbing great reviews all over the map. If you need to re-up your makeout music playlist, this would be a good place to start.
Hot Chip – One Life Stand – Of all the British bands that people told me I would love that I actually hated, Hot Chip were one of the few that I didn’t actually hate. Their fourth album sees them taking a little more time and care with the overall package, and it’s looking very promising, with some outside collaborators brought in to contribute material as well.
Massive Attack – Heliogoland – A new Massive Attack album is always cause for celebration, and having waited seven years from the release of 100th Window, we’re more than due for one. I am really psyched for this, as it features traditional Attack collaborator Horace Andy as well as TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Hope Sandoval, Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorrillaz and many more. They’ve released a few promo videos that have me salivating.
HIM – Screamworks (Love In Theory And Practice) – This Finnish rock band has been making music for almost two decades, and they’ve developed a signature style of Gothic alternative rock. This, their seventh platter, sees the band moving towards more commercial acceptance in the world market – it remains to be seen whether this will alienate their existing fans.
Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here – The legendary poet and musician drops his first new album in sixteen years with I’m New Here, featuring beats by XL Recordings owner Richard Russell. Scott-Heron is one of the grandfathers of rap, and this looks to bring his unique and powerful voice to a new generation of fans.