So much new music! This is the first track off Atmosphere’s new album, Southsiders. A lot of my favorite Atmosphere songs have one hook or one sample that I find mesmerizing. In this case, it’s that muffled guitar/synth sound. I don’t know what makes it, but I can’t get enough. Advertisements Lykke Li’s much anticipate new album, I Never Learn, came out yesterday. It is super dramatic, dreamy, and beautiful. On first listen, this song is the star. It has a distinct ’80’s Madonna feel, maybe even with a little influence from The The. Really really great.

Timbaland has a magic touch, especially working with pop-soul artists like Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Hudson. Maybe this is a guilty pleasure song, but it’s a pleasure, and that’s what matters.

The new soul movement is such a wonderful thing. I just learned about Curtis Harding today. This particular song has some of the reverbing (no way that’s a word) vocals of The Black Keys, but a more intense soul feeling, like Bobby Blue Bland or Curtis Mayfield.

And finally, “Oblivious” off of Jessica Lea Mayfield’s incredible new album, Make My Head Sing. I love every song on this album, but this one especially. It’s the first song and it just knocks you on your ass from the start.

Next, deep bass driven rock from the Peach Kings. Intense and echoing, kind of like Cat Power. Just beautiful.

I’ve been in a (new music) rut recently, for whatever reason, but in the last day I’ve realized that three of my favorite artists have recently put out music. I’ve been hitting repeat a lot. First, new from Little Dragon. Dreamy electro-pop topped with the beautiful, almost 90’s R&B voice of Yukimi Nagano.