Vijay Iyer will issue the previously unreleased instrumental version of 2003’s In What Language (Pi Recordings), his powerful, lauded collaboration with hip-hop artist, poet and producer Mike Ladd. INWHATSTRUMENTALS: Music From In What Language will be released May 8 on Pi Recordings. It will be available for pre-order via Bandcamp this Friday, May 1. All proceeds from the sale of this release will go to immigrant groups and communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
On May 15th, first-generation Indian-American and Muslim singer-songwriter Zeshan B will release Melismatic (Minty Fresh Records). Recorded in Brooklyn, Zeshan's debut album of original songs follows his 2017, Chicago-bred breakthrough Vetted, which featured trilingual reimaginations of American soul standards that launched him to a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; appearances on PBS NewsHour and Democracy Now!; praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times; and fans like Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, both of whom he has serenaded. Now, Zeshan presents his own rally cries for today's moment, backed by classic grooves and the Indo-Pakistani pride he continues to belt out in English, Urdu, and Punjabi.
Recorded in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by cut&dry and Dan Fratoni, ‘Take Your Power Back’ grapples with grief, trauma, reconciliation, self-love and acceptance, fusing conscious folk-rock with alternative R&B production to create a genre bending body of sound.
Contact: Grace Fleisher
On May 15th, Vermont’s musical bard Henry Jamison will enlist a who’s-who of indie rock royalty to collaborate with him on his ‘Tourism’ EP (Color Study). Each track on the five-song collection will boast a celebrated featured vocalist, including Darlingside, Ed Droste, Fenne Lily, Joseph, and Lady Lamb, delivering Jamison’s most diverse and forward-thinking collection to date.
DJ and producer Preservation – the long-time collaborator of Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def) and one half of Dr. Yen Lo with Brownsville Ka – will release Eastern Medicine, Western Illness on May 29 (Nature Sounds), produced during his time living in Hong Kong.
The 13-track album features an arsenal of hip hop lyricists including Brownsville Ka, Mach-Hommy, Your Old Droog, Roc Marciano, Mc Tree, Quelle Chris, Billy Woods, Nickelus F, Grande Marshall, Navy Blue, & Bronx veteran A.G., as well as Hong Kong’s own Young Queenz. The cassette edition includes a bonus beat tape featuring an exclusive track with Philly MC, Has-Lo.
On Mild Orange, the band’s sound fills in the gaps between romance-addled dream-pop and slack indie rock, held together by playfully tangled riffs and frontman Josh Mehrtens’ earnest-yet-slightly askew perspectives on love and infatuation. Recalling acts as disparate as Mazzy Star, Jeff Buckley, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, early Coldplay, and Cuco, Mild Orange is the confident work of a band that’s building an international cult following on the back of songs that unfold like secrets shared between friends and lovers.
The wild magic of the Jersey Shore boardwalk has inspired musicians across generations, but it takes a uniquely distinct vision to go find that slice of regional wonder in Northern Alabama. On Italian Ice, that’s exactly what Nicole Atkins has done, taking over the hallowed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with a one-of-a-kind band featuring members of the Bad Seeds, Dap-Kings, the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and more.
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Award-winning Australian singer/songwriter, actor and dancer Keiynan Lonsdale will release his highly anticipated debut album ‘Rainbow Boy’ on May 29th. Despite cutting his teeth as a dancer and actor - music and songwriting is one of his true passions, which is overwhelmingly apparent on this 14-track collection.
Co-produced and co-written by Keiynan and Louis Futon (aka Tyler Minford) over a two-year period, ‘Rainbow Boy’ is equal parts celebratory and exploratory. Equipped with a polychromatic, retro-futuristic R&B flair and his richly emotive “AMRS baritone” (GQ), the album is an “all-is-welcome” eclectic pop record for an eclectic soul. Keiynan has crafted a sonic patchwork of innovative youthful pop, using everything from exhilarating, beat-driven hip-hop motifs to harmonically lush melodies to unapologetically propel himself into the musical spotlight.
The LA-based psych-soul group combining “soul, surf and Tropicália into a raging blend of fire and excitement” (Rolling Stone) embark on an expansive US tour behind new album Invisible People (May 1st via ATO Records). NPR says that the band’s live set immerses one in a non-stop “groove that gets better and better with each performance.”