Brennan’s Top 30 Adds

8/7/17

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1 Waxahatchee Out in the Storm
2 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Murder of the Universe
3 Japanese Breakfast Soft Sounds From Another Planet
4 Elder Reflections of a Floating World
5 Omar Souleyman To Syria, With Love
6 Shabazz Palaces Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines
7 Great Grandpa Plastic Cough
8 Beach Fossils Somersault
9 SZA Ctrl
10 Toro Y Moi Boo Boo
11 Vince Staples Big Fish Theory
12 Shabazz Palaces Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
13 Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1
14 Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder
15 Arcade Fire Everything Now
16 Denzel Curry 13- EP
17 Nick Hakim Green Twins
18 Jlin Black Origami
19 Girlpool Powerplant
20 Go Hibiki In the Years Spent
21 Billy Woods Known Unknowns
22 Actress AZD
23 Portugal. The Man Woodstock
24 Beach House B-Sides & Rarities
25 Brockhampton Saturation
26 Swet Shop Boys Sufi La- EP
27 Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
28 Sufjan Stevens & Co Planetarium
29 Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy
30 Dizzee Rascal Raskit

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Brennan’s Adds 8/4/17

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Dizzee Rascal- Raski

Hip-Hop//Grime
I added the Wiley album a little bit back and called him the grandfather of grime- which is true. But the other prominent forefather/grandfather of the genre is Dizzee Rascal, maybe the biggest name in the genre before the mainstream grime blossoming of the past few years. This is some hard as hell grime- just banger after banger with Dizzee trading his classic flows over top. There’s also some of the most unique samples I’ve heard on a grime album here, using sounds from all over the world and turning them into bombastic bass heavy beats.

RECC: 3,5,6,8,9,16

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Terrance Martin Presents The Pollyseeds- Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1
R&B/Funk
Terrance Martin is one of the young jazz musicians making waves out of Southern California, with his biggest accomplishments being his debut album Velvet Portraits and being one of the driving forces behind the music of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. His alto sax will sound familiar from those two projects, but the jazz is not as present on this project. Through and through this is a funky R&B album characterized by its tight drum grooves, synth layers, and heavy bass. Guest vocals and performances from names like Robert Glasper and Rose Gold keep the album fresh throughout and an overall fun listen.

____________________RECC: 3,4,5,7                   AFTER 10: 11

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Broken Social Scene- Hug of Thunder
Rock
The indie rock band’s return is one of their strongest albums, with really succinct songwriting, variance in sound (vocals and otherwise), and strong lead melodies. I think it’s their most dynamic album to date, so if you like indie rock boy do I have an album for you. But describing it as an indie rock album, for maybe the first time in their discography, undersells what this brings to the table.
RECC: 2,4,5,6,9                 AFTER 10: 12

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Japanese Breakfast- Soft Sounds From Another Planet
Indie Rock
A clear step up in songwriting and production value from Psychopomp, Soft Softs From Another Planet is the first thing to grab my attention by Japanese Breakfast. The lead single “Road Head” is fantastic and remains the album’s standout track, but the album has plenty of other highs. There isn’t a fear to branch out and experiment on this project, and that makes it one of the best entries in indie rock this year.
RECC: 2,5,6,9,10

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Tyler, the Creator- Flower Boy
Hip-Hop//R&B
Holy shit, I didn’t believe the hype until I listened myself. I was like “man I’m not 15 anymore there’s no way I’m going to enjoy a new Tyler project.” I love Earl and Frank, but nothing else under the Odd Future umbrella has been noteworthy to me, minus the occasional good beat. This album is the least abrasive of Tyler’s discography, the most eccentric, the most vulnerable, and most importantly- the most (and only) mature album of his discography. Sung vocals are on this project almost as much as Tyler’s rapping, and it somehow works very well with his deep gruff voice. The songs are so catchy, and the rapping is the best of his career. The beats often feel luxurious and well orchestrated, and goddamnit, now I’m listening to Tyler, The Creator in 2017.
RECC: 2,5,6,8,10

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Arcade Fire- Everything Now
Rock/Pop
This album has sorta had a meh reception, and I get it. It’s not one of the most interesting albums in their discography and they’re selling a $85 fidget spinner. That being said the standouts from this record are still really good and really catchy. “Creature Comfort” is a track any Arcade Fire fan should love and the title track is great despite it being a sonic departure. I wanted more from this project, but if you’re a die hard Arcade Fire fan then this should fill the void- just don’t expect The Suburbs or Funeral.
RECC: 2,3,4,5,6

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Toro y Moi- Boo Boo
Pop  
Recommended if you like: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blood Orange, Ariel Pink
RECC: 2,3,8,9

Portugal. The Man- Woodstock
Pop Rock
Recommended if you like: Tame Impala, Spoon, MGMT, Yeasayer
RECC: 4,6,7 AFTER 10: 8,10

Waxahatchee- Out in the Storm
Indie/Singer-Songwriter
Recommended if you like: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski, Speedy Ortiz
RECC: 1,3,7,10

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