Staff picks

Staff Picks

This week

Wooden Aquarium (2014) by Mazes

“After their poppy, lo-fi debut, Mazes went a bit Krautrock on their second album. This third album finds the middle ground, and 'Letters Between U&V', 'Salford' and 'Astigmatism' are the key beneficiaries of this approach.” Stephen Somerville

Meanwhile. (2014) by Iamnobodi

“Up-and-coming German producer on LA’s budding new Soulection label. Pulls in influences from hip hop and electronica, in the vein of Hudson Mohawke and Clams Casino.” Kyle Pierce

Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown (2014) by EDGUY

“Harking back to earlier works such as Hellfire Club and Rocket Ride, while maintaining the hard rock edge, Space Police... is a triumph of modern power metal.” Alex Markham

Sea Of Voices (2014) by Porter Robinson

“A great track, as big as the name implies.” Gunnar Larsén

Last week

Sukierae (2014) by Tweedy

“Found out about Tweedy on NPR’s Tiny Desk series: I quite like the folk sound, and a father and son are in the band which is quite sweet.” Ruth Cheong

Champions (2009) by Blakfish

“Obnoxious death-pop from Birmingham. It’s a lot better than my description suggests, I promise.” Phil Quigley

The Offbeat (2014) by Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Mariam The Believer and her husband are back. Beautifully crafted and utterly fascinating.” Julia Killer

Stunt Rhythms (2012) by Two Fingers

Amon Tobin under another name, on the Ninja Tune sub-label Big Dada.” Nigel Smith

The week before last week

Thievery (2014) by Arca

“Hypnotic, almost tribal electronic vibes from experimental producer Arca’s soon-to-be-released debut, Xen. This Brooklynite made FKA Twigs’ LP1 and Kanye West’s Yeezus sound incredible – for fans of deep beats and wonky synths.” Sharri Morris

John (2014) by John

“Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic. Three huge songs.” Gemma Samways

Angels & Devils (2014) by The Bug

“Deep, dark, genre-crossing bass.” Nigel Smith

Quality Control (2000) by Jurassic 5

“A hip-hop classic: what else needs to be said?” Javier Mulvoy

The week before that

The Sisters of Suave (1999) by Thee Headcoatees

“I’ve been listening to punk/garage rock lately and, while sifting through some old favourites, I’ve fallen in love with Thee Headcoatees – fun but also slightly aggressive and loud. ‘Spineless Little Shit’ being my favourite track – perfect for those dating blues.” Ruth Cheong

Kalakuta Show (2013) by Fela Kuti

“Straight up funky vibes!” Ben Lee

Extended Play (2013) by Statik Selektah

“The Statik Selectah does it again alongside a solid set of lyrical features from Prodigy, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Black Thought and others.” Reece Daniels

Pale Communion (2014) by Opeth

“Sweden’s finest return with a genre-smashing, head-spinning album. Leaving their death metal roots far behind, this is part 70s prog, part folk, part jazz-rock... but much better than that sounds! Labrythine but worth the effort – simply awesome.” Ian Callaghan

And so on...

fabric 77: Marcel Dettmann (2014) by Marcel Dettmann

“The best official DJ mix I can remember in many a year. This gives so much more than any free podcast/online mix: techno right across the spectrum, full of soul and emotion. Class.” Tom Traves

Jipset EP (2013) by Jipset

“My non-Avicii Swedish recommendation of the week: Jipset – a producer/singer trio – have a classic 80s touch, coupled with up-to-date dance grooves.” Gunnar Larsén

Sky Swimming (2014) by Elephant

“There seem to be quite a lot of pre-rock and late 50s pop references going around lately. Elephant combine innocent la-la-las, simple hooks and dreamy lyrics, with an updated range of electronic influences. I really like this album and ‘TV Dinner’ is a great track to start with.” Sam Gething

Willennium (2004) by Will Smith

“Purchased this on cassette 15 years ago – the first album I ever bought. Personal highlights include ‘Will 2K’, ‘Who Am I’ and ‘Pump Me Up’.” Phil Quigley