This month has yet again been great for music, but today in particular. I’ll be doing a full month overview in my February album of the month but here’s four albums, all released on the 24th February, for you to be sinking your teeth into this weekend.
FUTURE – HNDRXX
After releasing a self titled album just last week, Atlanta based rapper Future returns with the album he’s “always wanted to make”, HNDRXX. Any artist brave enough to, even cryptically, compare themselves to Jimi Hendrix is worthy of your attention. With two massive features coming from The Weeknd and Rihanna, the album clocks an impressive 17 tracks spanning the 70 minute record. Although I’m yet to hear this project all the way through, Future is pretty consistent with his Trap style. I’ve no doubt you could throw this on to get you in the mood for a big night out this weekend.
THUNDERCAT – DRUNK
Thundercat has made quite the name for himself over the years. From being a session musician working with the likes of Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus, to contributing to Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed “To Pimp A Butterfly”. He returns here with his third studio album drunk. If the singles released from this album are anything to go by, we can expect more of the same great funk, soul and jazz fusion from Thundercat. There’s gonna be a lot of groove and the feature list is insane: Kenny Loggins, Michael Mcdonald, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. I can not wait to sit down with this record properly.
PISSED JEANS – WHY LOVE NOW
A slight change of tune now, Pissed Jeans are a noisy, punk rock band. This is the fifth full length from the Pennsylvanian quartet. Their back catalogue is fantastic taking influence from an array of 80s punk bands. I don’t expect this effort to be any different. If you like the sound of forward thinking lyrics with classic punk influences, take this album for a spin.
Xiu Xiu – Forget
Californian experimental band Xiu Xiu have had quite a career. Only one member has the same throughout their 15 year career span. Their last full length was a full cover album of the soundtrack to the 90’s TV phenomenon, Twin Peaks. They return here with their thirteenth record, Forget. They blend creative electronic noises with classic pop and post punk influences. It doesn’t sound like it should work but it really, really does. If you want something to push your musical boundaries, give Forget a chance.
If you have heard or enjoyed any of these albums please get in touch and let me know! Also I’m always open for recommendations myself if you have any.
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