Editor’s Pick of the Week – April 6th, 2018
Danish Chaudhary and Kunal Bambawale · April 06, 2018 · 2 Minute Read
It’s a great week for hip-hop and R&B, with Drake’s surprise release “Nice for What”, and woman of the moment Cardi B’s hotly-anticipated debut, “Invasion of Privacy.” But since you’ve definitely heard both, we decided to focus on “After The Storm,” from the under-appreciated but uber-talented Kali Uchis.
Uchis’ Isolation is a brilliant first effort from an artist who we think is more than ready for the spotlight. After working with Tyler, the Creator, Diplo, Gorillaz, and and receiving a Grammy nomination for her collaboration with Daniel Caesar, it’s Kali Uchis’ time to shine. Features from Steve Lacey, Bia, and others make the album a tasteful treat for R&B listeners.
Meanwhile, Saba announces himself as one of hip-hop’s next superstars with CARE FOR ME. Featuring distinctive verses and versatile production, the album also features LOGOUT, the blistering collaboration with Chance the Rapper.
In electronic music, Paul Kalkbrenner has released Part 8, an exciting new single from his forthcoming album, Parts of Life (dance anthem alert!) We also welcome the first album, Static, from boerd, an upcoming Anjunadeep artist who steals our heart with the beautiful chill-out tune “Blind.”
Indie music highlights include a fusion masterpiece, ‘Vortex Number 9, by Uniting of Opposites, and “Pull” by The Amazing, who prove once again that their band name is perfectly apt. “Pull” is from their masterful fifth album, In Transit, which is sprinkled with post-rock synths and energized by jazz drumming. It’s a beautiful release for indie listeners that we hope will begin plenty of meaningful conversations about dreams and moving on.
There’s also a special mention for Matt Maltese’s heartbreaking ‘Like a Fish,’ and exciting submissions from sensuous downtempo star Sabrina Claudio, millennial darling Khaled, and modern violinist Sudan Archives. Psychedelic trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra, also make an appearance, along with beautiful submissions by Ashley Monroe, Tove Styrke, and Buzzy Lee (Sasha Spielberg).
Finally, supremely gifted teenager Yellow Days has just released the soothing, groove-licious The Way Things Change, a meditation on the nature of moving forward. It’s the perfect Thursday night pre-party vibe.
So there you have it folks! Check back in with us next week. We’ll be waiting with our next Editor’s Pick of the Week.