May 2012: Best Songs (1 of 4)
Animal Collective - "Honeycomb"
Santigold - "The Keepers"
Twin Shadow - "Five Seconds"
Yeasayer - "Henrietta"
Azealia Banks - "JUMANJI"
Icona Pop - "I Love It"
The Walkmen - "We Can't Be Beat"
El-P - "$Vic/FLT"
May 2012: Best Songs (2 of 4)
Florence + Dev Hines - "Never Let Me Go"
Ab-Soul - "ILLuminate" f/ Kendrick Lamar
Japandroids - "Continuous Thunder"
MS MR - "Hurricane"
Killer Mike - "Reagan"
Blood Diamonds & Grimes - "Phone Sex"
Dan Deacon - "Lots"
Meek Mill - "Amen" f/ Drake & Jeramih
May 2012: Best Albums (3 of 4)
El-P - Cancer For Cure
From our review: El-P's most complete solo effort to date is cerebral hip-hop brimming with innovative ideas set on propelling the proverbial game forward.
Stream: "The Full Retard"
Lower Dens - Nootropics
From our review: Lower Dens have said that, with Nootropics, you have to be focused on listening, “which is a lot to ask of people. But thats the way [we] like it.” For those that have followed their work, being asked to dutifully analyze a new Lower Dens album is not as much an imposition as it is a glee-inducing gift.
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
From our review: With the help of El-P’s steady hand Killer Mike has created an important album for rap. It is an album that understands where it comes from but it is simultaneously standing on the edge of a cliff, screaming into the wind.
Beach House - Bloom
From our review: It’s a mark of Spooky Action’s excellence that so much other zeitgeisty indie guitar pop feels incredibly one-dimensional and thin when held up against it. This is a record that manages to balance incredible layers of complexity with smart pop sensibility and come out sounding lush and instant, truly brilliant in both senses of the word.
May 2012: Top Downloads (4 of 4)
Nicolas Jaar - Essential Mix
Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2 Mixtape
Radiohead - OK Computer/Kid A (8 Bit Versions)
Childish Gambino - "We Ain't Them"
Coldplay - "Fight For Your Right" (MCA Tribute)
Azealia Banks - "JUMANJI"
June 2012: What To Look Forward To
In June, the summer music season will be in full gear with new releases from Japandroids (Celebration Rock is out 6/5), Hot Chip (In Our Heads is out 6/12) and Metric (Synthetica is out 6/12 too), but the most talked about album of June will most definitely be Fiona Apple'sThe Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, out June 19th. Other releases of note include Azealia Banks' debut EP 1991 (6/12), Big KRIT's major label debut Live From The Underground (6/5) and Peaking Lights'Lucifer (6/19).