Staff picks

Staff Picks

This 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

Last week

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

The week before last week

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

The week before that

The Princess Part Two (2012) by Parov Stelar

“I absolutely love the way Parov Stelar mashes up dance, swing and jazz to produce some seriously feel-good uplifting music!” Dan Jenkins

Lemonade / Hard - Single (2014) by Sophie

“I’m not 100% sure if this is totally amazing or actually utterly terrible, but I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Hyperglycaemic PC pop, fizzing with ideas.” Gemma Samways

Endless Planets (2011) by Austin Peralta

“Bit of modern jazz on Flying Lotus’s label, Brainfeeder. Austin Peralta was a legend in the making before his death at just 22.” Nigel Smith

Roland's Jam (2011) by Funkineven

“Rough and raw techno, acid house stomper. ‘Roland’s Jam’ will make you do freaky s**t on the dancefloor!” Sharri Morris

And so on...

Gist Is (2014) by Adult Jazz

“What a debut. Attended the album launch a little sceptical about how the intricacies and layers of the tracks would translate. They did and they nailed it. New favourite band, get involved.” Rachel Atkins

Revelation (2014) by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

“Cracking. Seek help if you don’t like this.” James Priestley

The Infamous (1994) by Mobb Deep

“Know what I’m saying? Mobb Deep ‘n’ all that. True East-coast classic from 1994.” Reece Daniels

Soundtrack to the Struggle... (2011) by Lowkey

“I was told this man stopped making music after a visit from some government men. I’m not sure this was true, but I gave it a listen and loved it.” Emma-Ashley Liles