Out This Week 6/16

This week’s highlights include the latest from Hudson Mohawke. The Scottish producer, a.k.a. Ross Birchard, shares his sophomore full-length, and KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the release “finds him bringing a bit more restraint to his maximalist blend of various electronic styles with R&B and hip hop, with songs ranging from anthemic hip hop and rave instrumentals to widescreen, R&B-inflected electro-pop and moody orchestral music.” LA-based artist Pat Grossi, a.k.a. Active Child, releases “an impressive set of R&B-tinged electro-pop with a spacious sound featuring atmospheric synths, stately piano, delicate harp and spare beats accompanying his souful choir-boy vocals and love-centered lyrics.”

Mates of State, the married couple duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, release “a well-crafted 5-song set of sparkling pop-rock with bright synths, chirpy harmonies and sparkling pop hooks.” Canadian punk band Fucked Up present the latest in their Chinese Zodiac-themed EP series, Year of the Hare, including the 21-minute (!!!) title track. Saint Etienne frontwoman Sarah Cracknell premieres her first new solo album in 15 years. Giorgio Moroder has her beat: last Friday, he released his first solo album since 1985. His 17th full-length features guest appearances from Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma, and (making her first-ever appearance on the KEXP Blog?) Britney Spears.


Active Child – “1999”
from Mercy on Vagrant

Amos Lee – “Windows Are Rolled Down”
from Live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony on ATO

Azure Blue – “Beneath The Hill I Smell The Sea”
from Beneath the Hill I Smell the Sea on Fika Recordings

Calvin Love – “I Wanna Know”
from Super Future on Arts & Crafts

Christopher Paul Stelling – “Hard Work”
from Labor Against Waste on Anti

Dog Party – “Peanut Butter Dream”
from Vol. 4 on Asian Man Records

Evan Caminiti – “Overtaken”
from Meridian on Thrill Jockey

Fucked Up – “California Cold”
from Year of the Hare on Deathwish Inc.

Giorgio Moroder – “Déjà Vu ft. Sia”
from Déjà-Vu on RCA

Heartless Bastards – “Black Cloud”
from Restless Ones on Partisan

Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath ft Irfane”
from Lantern on Warp

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – “Hush Down”
from Jaakko Eino Kalevi on Weird World

James Taylor – “Montana”
from Before This World on Concord / Decca

Ken Camden – “Curiosity”
from Dream Memory on Kranky

KEN mode – “Blessed”
from Success on Season of Mist

Mates of State – “Staring Contest”
from You’re Going to Make It on Barsuk

Migos – “John Wick”
from YRN Tha Album on Quality Control

Part Time – “The Cost Of Living”
from Virgo’s Maze on Burger Records

Ryn Weaver – “The Fool”
from The Fool on Mad Love/Interscope

Sarah Cracknell – “On The Swings”
from Red Kite on Cherry Red

The Silver Lake Chorus – “Heavy Star Movin’ (written by Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd)”
from The Silver Lake Chorus on Six Degrees

The SteelDrivers – “River Runs Red”
from The Muscle Shoals Recordings on Rounder

The Wooden Sky – “Maybe It’s No Secret”
from Let’s Be Ready on Nevado Records

Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”
from On Blonde on Dine Alone

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