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Rap - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | Method

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Soul - Verschenen op 10 mei 2019 | Jagjaguwar

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What is my purpose? What will come of the legacy of those who have influenced me? And what will I leave behind? These are all the big questions that Jamila Woods asks herself going into her second album suitably named Legacy! Legacy!, a Qobuzissime album! Three years after the release of Heavn, the soul sister from Chicago brings together twelve songs all named after the artists that influenced them. Musicians, painters, writers, activists, poets, they’re all there! And the lucky few are: Betty Davis, Zora Neale Hurston, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Frida Kahlo, Eartha Kitt, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sun Ra, Octavia Butler and James Baldwin. There is nothing obvious or didactic here as the young African-American who is ever-so attached to her native Chicago never does out-and-out covers but less subtle “in the style ofs” all while retaining her own distinct style. A poet one day (she acts as artistic director for YCA, a center dedicated to young poets) and a musician the other, she is even a teacher on bank holidays! As the worthy heir of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, all her words are wrapped around ultra-slick grooves with a modernized nu-soul twist. When it comes to features, Jamila Woods helps her local economy by inviting along friends that, for the most part, come from the underground scene of the Windy City: the trumpetist Nico Segal, MC Saba, Nitty Scott, theMIND, Jasminfire. Chance the Rapper’s protégé has mixed intelligence and class, commitment, enjoyment and groove into 49 minutes. Perfect. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | 4AD

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UFO we understand. But UFOF? The additional F is for Friends according to Big Thief. UFOs and friends then? The band’s singer Adrienne Laker gives us a loose explanation: “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this” With the guitarist Buck Meek, the bassist Max Oleartchik and the drummer James Krivchenia, Laker releases her third album. The Brooklyn quartet’s music is a sort of folk mixed with indie rock. Without sounding too much like them, this 2019 album sometimes contains the DNA of Sonic Youth (such as on Jenni). The result is alluring, almost shimmering. But upon a closer look, “UFOF” is a bizarre and strange, almost abnormal record. And like the late Elliot Smith (Laker’s idol that one recalls on Betsy), the beautiful melodies and tremendously artisanal guitars hide an evident melancholy and unusual, unnerving situations. Perhaps that would explain the UFOs? A less ‘polished’ and luxurious record than Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), UFOF shows a group ready to question itself and evolve its art. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul/Funk/R&B - Verschenen op 17 april 2019 | Columbia

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This is going down in history. Queen B surprised us with the release of a live album taken from her two dazzling concerts at Coachella in 2018, chronicled by a Netflix documentary. B performs a retrospective, revisiting 40 tracks from her 22-year career. There are no new songs here, but there is a studio cover with Tay Keith of Before I Let Go, the Frankie Beverly and Maze 1981 soul track. Other Destiny’s Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland make bonus appearances on Lose My Breath, Say My Name and Soldier, husband Jay-Z on Déjà Vu, sister Solange on Get Me Bodied, and her daughter sings Afro-American anthem Sing and Lift Every Voice. This performance effectively explains why it was nicknamed ‘Beychella’, as this makes its mark on the festival’s history. And that was the goal, with 200 people on stage, colossal high-budget visual spectacle in this immense two-hour performance highlighting afro-feminist empowerment; Beyoncé has earnt her throne. “When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.” To the sound of the second lines of a New Orleans brass band, a revamped drumline, Malcolm X on Don’t Hurt Yourself and amidst multiple references to African-American history, the queen of pop inhabiting the Queen Nefertiti reminds us of the importance of her discography in the 3rd millennium. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Much like the band that rises above the icy, raging waters in Gavin Bryars' pivotal 1970s experimental piece The Sinking of the Titanic, Natalie Mering is fully aware of everything that's gone wrong with the world on her fourth Weyes Blood album. And yet she doesn't let the trappings of technology and our woeful alone/together world pull her down into the depths of an unshakeable depression. The singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer is too busy making widescreen anthems instead, ones that ride the line between AM radio dials and slightly more alien sounds: the queasy intro of "A Lot's Gonna Change," the gurgling synths of "Movies," the palate-cleansing ambient pads of "Titanic Rising." Sweet but never saccharine, tracks like "Something to Believe" and "Wild Time" are downright triumphant by the time they fade to black. They reach for the heavens with their hooks even when they let their guard down lyrically. Because if the ship's going down, at least we're all going down together right? © Andrew Parks / Qobuz
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Electro - Verschenen op 29 maart 2019 | Touch

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 22 maart 2019 | ATO Records

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Witness a masterpiece coming from a young London native who says she learned the guitar by copying songs from the Libertines.. At home, her Dad would listen to Turkish folk, while Mum would listen to classical music, Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens. For her own personal Holy Trinity, Nilüfer Yanya has chosen Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and the Pixies. What a treat! Nilüfer Yanya’s music is turning rock and soul into the sublime with raw energy and impudence. Miss Universe, her first album, relies on the elegant fusion of her influences: a blend of the records she listened throughout the years. Even the album’s structure is perfect with infectious hits made up of catchy choruses (In Your Head), sensitive but not overly sentimental ballads (Monsters Under the Bed), experimental pop (Paradise), minimalist R&B (Safety Net) and a thousand other delights. Above all, there is a freshness that refuses to conform to the confines of modern-day rock and pop. With this much musical charisma, this wide a vocal spectrum and such maturity of writing at only 23 years old, Nilüfer Yanya is well worth a Qobuzissme! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 15 maart 2019 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 8 maart 2019 | RVNG Intl.

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 maart 2019 | Saint Records - Columbia

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Pitchfork: Best New Music
What is she doing when she gets home? Is she eating potato chips? Is she taking a bath? Is she paying her bills? Solange never answers any of these questions. The home of “When I Get Home” is much more her native Texas than her beloved New Orleans apartment. When I Get Home is a love letter to Houston. As with each of her previous records, Beyoncé’s sister takes on a mellow tone, melancholic even, which draws more comparisons to Erykah Badu (Texas native as well) than with her older sister. The album features some of the most promising young rappers of the state; Scarface, Devin the Dude, as well as a five guest artists including Pharrell Williams (on Almeda and Sound Of Rain), Raphael Saadiq, Earl Sweatshirt, Panda Bear, Tyler the Creator, Dev Hynes alias Blood Orange, Sampha, Metro Boomin, Playboi Carti, Cassie, Steve Lacy from The Internet and even French piano player Christophe Chassol. The guest artists’ appearances are discrete, and Solange always remains the central force in her songs. The tracks are almost ethereal, she hides her 1970’s funk/jazz sounds under a light electro veil Way To The Show and masters a slow-motion rapped R&B My Skin My Lego with Gucci Mane). Solange Knowles provides a sketch, an avant-garde draft more than an accomplished work of art, a unique 39-minute-long composition that is best to be listen to in one go. The album is a powerful and sensual trip that could very likely end up as one of R&B’s top albums of 2019. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 8 februari 2019 | City Slang

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Picture this: after a rehearsal, a theatre actress witnesses one of her hysterical fans get hit by a car. The incident greatly distresses the actress. This scene was performed by Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes’ Opening Night in 1977. Jessica Pratt was moved by the film, to the extent that the first track from her album Quiet Signs is entitled Opening Night... And even though it was released in 2019, this third album from the American singer could easily have come out in 1977. Being timeless is not within everyone's reach, but as Pratt blurs the boundaries between eras, it becomes clear that she doesn’t belong to any space-time continuum. Even her strange yet moving voice is completely different from anything else. It’s a bit like the voice of a little girl confessing to Santa Claus… Or maybe it’s more like a fairy? Or an old woman wandering around a ghost town? All three at once perhaps. In any case, the thirty-something-year-old Californian creates chamber folk soundscapes which are colored by a simple flute, an acoustic guitar, a vintage organ, a few strings and a piano. The forgotten Linda Perhacs often comes to mind, as well as Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier, Karen Dalton and even Joanna Newsom. In short, all these folk singers from the sixties and seventies had incredible voices. The magic of Quiet Signs is very much real. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Elektronische muziek of Musique Concrète - Verschenen op 8 februari 2019 | YELLOWELECTRIC

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 18 januari 2019 | Jagjaguwar

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Sharon Van Etten waited five years before releasing a follow up to Are We There, her 2014 album on which she brilliantly juggled between the legacies of Cat Power, Nick Cave, John Cale, Joan As Police Woman, St Vincent, Feist and Fiona Apple. It’s a record on which she was, above all, herself. She confirms this with Remind Me Tomorrow which was conceived when her schedule was overflowing between a role in the series The OA, the writing of the soundtrack for Katherine Dieckmann’s film Strange Weather, the music for comedian Tig Notaro’s show, preparing for a psychology degree, an appearance in the series Twin Peaks and the birth of her first child! Energy is at the heart of this 2019 vintage record on which John Congleton handled the the arrangements. The producer is without a doubt at the forefront of the more rhythmic sequences rather than the more accustomed ones, such as the single Comeback Kid. With less minimalist reflections and more assertive affirmations, Sharon Van Etten hasn’t lost her uniqueness along the way. And what she has added here doesn’t alter the original taste too much. Congleton knew how to find the perfect sound texture to make the singer’s gothic folk universe all the more powerful and charming. With this album one of the most talented artists of her generation continues to grow. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | dBpm Records

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The themes of death, depression and time’s wear and tear don’t typically attract the masses, even if the label does say Warm. However, Jeff Tweedy is the man you’d want consoling you if you’ve got a case of the winter blues, he is one of the most engaging songwriters of his generation. Since the late 1980’s, the leader of the group Wilco has continued to amaze us with his heartfelt lyrics that discuss personal struggles - with a touch of humour and wit, of course. Tweedy has been working here and there with others, but since 2010 he has often worked with one of the great queens of soul, Mavis Staples, whom he produces for and with whom he co-writes (The albums You Are Not Alone in 2010 and One True Vine in 2013). In 2014, he released an album in a duo with his drummer son Spencer (Sukierae). In 2017 when he finally released a record in his own name, Together at Last, it was a false start to his solo career since it was composed exclusively of old Wilco songs and his Golden Smog and Loose Fur projects, which he revisited in acoustic form. With Warm, Jeff Tweedy is completely in command and the repertoire is 100% new, yet still reflects his familiar, American style. He manages to find, once again, the perfect balance between bitter and sweet and impresses us both with his pure melodies (I Know What It’s Like) or as a noisy rocker (The Red Brick). When he ends the song Some Birds with the sentence: I break bricks with my heart, only a fool would call it art Tweedy proves why he is one of the best rock poets of the era. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Polydor Records

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The 1975 are back with their third studio album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. After a stint in rehab for frontman Matty Healy back in November/December, 2017, which helped him shake some drug problems, the four piece from Wilmslow are back to doing what they do best; making unique and interesting music with complex lyrics. So, what are The 1975 trying to tell us this time round?  Well, it doesn’t look like they’re that bothered about being seen as a “cool” Indie Rock band anymore. They seem to have stepped out from behind this front to give us an album that focuses on sincerity and the role that the internet plays in our relationships. This message of sincerity is most clear on tracks such as Give Yourself A Try and Sincerity Is Scary where a lot of the lyrics focus on overcoming identity problems (caused by people hiding behind social media) and giving an honest account of one’s self. One of the highlights of this album has to be Love It If We Made It, a track which takes a look at both the political and social craziness of the time that we live in. “Modernity has failed us!” sings Healy. Speaking about the meaning of this song Healy stated “Love It If We Made it is the gem of hope amongst all of the rubble”, “We have to really love each other, and if you don’t, just try.”  The song that most clearly spells out the threat that the internet poses to our human relationships is The Man Who Married A Robot. Siri tells us the tale of a lonely man that became best friends with the internet and only existed online, eventually the man dies, but the internet lives on. There is something quite chilling about the story. Produced almost entirely by Healy and drummer George Daniel, the album also includes acoustic ballads such as Be My Mistake and Surrounded By Heads And Bodies as well as some more heavily produced tracks like I Like America & America Likes Me. The boys close the album with I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes) which focuses on the struggles of everyday life and has a hint of the Oasis to it. Insecurity, the madness of the world, computer screen relationships, The 1975 bring it all together whilst appreciating that it isn’t always easy to be sincere. © Euan Decourt/Qobuz
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Rap - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Tan Cressida - Columbia

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Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (aka Earl Sweatshirt) makes his return with his first full album since 2015. This record from the Odd Future (hip-hop collective) man is filled with complex lyrics on complex topics, and of the fifteen tracks, only two exceed two minutes in duration. Some Rap Songs is full of soul searching and comes after a difficult few years for the rapper from L.A. Since he released I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside in March of 2015, both his father (South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile) and his uncle (South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela) have passed away. On top of this he has been battling with some depression and anxiety problems which have kept him out of the game for the best part of the last two years. One of the defining aspects of the album is the way in which it has been produced (mainly by Kgositsile himself). The samples and loops are purposely unbalanced and chaotic, and the lo-fi effect is present throughout the record giving it a sort of old vinyl sound. These chaotic samples could be giving us an insight into Kgositsile’s overactive mind and his hectic flow of ideas. As well as focusing part of the album on tributes to his mother, father and uncle on tracks such as Azucar, Playing Possum and Peanut, the rapper also brings attention to his mental health during his time off with the singles Nowhere2go and The Mint (featuring rapper Navy Blue), stating ”two years I been missing living life” on the latter. The disjointed production is what gives this album a unique quality and despite the powerful lyrics not always being on the beat, it sounds great! Earl Sweatshirt has, in a sense, paved the way for a newer, jazzier type of alt-rap which many younger rappers have started to embrace. © Euan Decourt/Qobuz
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Pop - Verschenen op 2 november 2018 | Columbia

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Not many people would put their money on a mix of flamenco, R&B and electro - at least, on paper it sounds a bit cheesy. And yet, Rosalía Vila Tobella has made it work. Critics have been praising the Catalan for the “new flamenco” she developed on her 2017 Los Angeles album, and this year she shows no sign of slowing down. Since releasing Malamente, the contagious first track from El Mal Querer in May 2018, with a music video directed and produced by the Spanish group Canada, she has earned 5 nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards. And Rosalía is following up with yet more brilliance: featuring on J Balvin’s album Vibras, recording in the studio with Pharrell Williams and being called up for Pedro Almodovar’s next film…  So here it is, the highly anticipated new album produced by El Guincho, a Spaniard signed by the English label Young Turks who has a passion for sampling tropical beats and enjoys cutting and pasting hand-claps, finger-clicks and sometimes Rosalía’s voice, as we hear on De Aqui No Sales, which is reminiscent of Björk’s work. Bagdad is a combination of R&B and flamenco, while there’s more of a shift towards electro on Que No Salga La Luna. The Spanish singer generally focuses on melody, though does at certain points divulge in more experimental sounds and it’s there that we see the more adventurous side of her phenomenal voice. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Pop - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | Konichiwa Records

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In 1994, Swedish singer Robyn, a teenager at the time, shook up the world of pop with hit songs like Do You Really Want Me and Do You Know (What It Takes). Helped by RCA Records and producers Denniz Pop and Max Martin, she finally sought her independence in the 2000s, releasing two electro-pop albums both experimental and popular: Robyn (2005) and Body Talk (2010). In the same spirit, Honey doesn’t foray into flashy pop, but rather mellow bitterness (Baby Forgive Me), and even pure melancholy (Human Being), even though the tempo remains danceable. It’s worth noting that the album is produced by Klas Ahlund (who wrote eight songs for Britney Spears) and Joseph Mount (Metronomy). At the heart of this joyfully depressed album there is of course a large dose of nostalgia, nostalgia of a time when Robyn rose to instant fame. With its syncopated organ on Between the Lines and the eurodance beats of several other tracks, this album offers a sad yet benevolent return to the 1990s. It is no coincidence that the first song on this short album is titled Missing U. As for the scintillating synthesisers of Because It’s in the Music, and the sunny rhythm of Beach2k20, they also bear the mark of a distance from the past, a distance demonstrated by this “new Robyn”. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | Matador

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Rap - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2018 | Cactus Jack Records - G.O.O.D. Music - Interscope Records

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