In Stores Now 1/9

2017 is off and running with some long-awaited LPs out now, like the latest from The xx. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says, “This London trio’s excellent third album brings a brighter, more varied and pop-inflected sound to their spectral electro-pop courtesy of band member/producer Jamie xx, though the emotional focus remains on Madley Croft and Sim’s vulnerable vocals and intimate, often-dark lyrics.” Veteran Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips return with “an inventive set of atmospheric, psych-tinged space-pop featuring a mostly subdued, electronic-heavy sound combining haunting, dystopian soundscapes with Wayne Coyne’s fragile vocals and surreal, often-dark lyrics.” And we have the third album from Run The Jewels, the duo of rap vets Killer Mike and El-P, “another first-rate set of hard-hitting hip hop, with their most expansive production and adventurous beats to date accompanying the duo’s magnetic tag-team rapping, this time with a stronger political lyrical focus.”

LA-based British producer/multi-instrumentalist Bonobo (aka Simon Green) brings “another impressive set of warm, dreamy and often-melancholic ambient grooves seamlessly blending a variety of beats and acoustic and electronic instrumentation with various samples, ambient found sounds from around the world and occasional guest vocalists.” On their debut album, young LA band The Regrettes deliver “a promising set of hook-filled garage-pop occasionally inflected with ’60s girl-group pop and other vintage styles, combining buzzsaw guitars and urgent rhythms with Lydia Night’s expressive vocals and brash lyrics.” And LA-based British producer/vocalist Sohn (aka Toph Taylor) shares his sophomore LP, “a bit more diverse take on his minimalist, R&B-tinged electro-pop, incorporating a greater variety of textures to accompany his plaintive vocals and lyrics blending the personal and the political.”

Bonobo – “Kerala”
from Migration on Ninja Tune

Brandon Can’t Dance – “Angelina”
from Graveyard of Good Times on Lucky Number

Chavez – “The Bully Boys”
from Cockfighters on Matador

Colin Vallon Trio
from Danse on ECM

David Bowie – “No Plan”
from No Plan on Columbia / Sony

Dennis Coffey
from Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin’ at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge on Resonance

The Flaming Lips – “Nidgy Nie (Never No)”
from Oczy Mlody on Warner Bros.

Half Japanese – “Attack Of The Giant Leeches”
from Hear the Lions Roar on Fire Records

Hodgy – “Kundalini”
from Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide on Odd Future / Sony Music

The Infamous Stringdusters – “Gravity”
from Laws of Gravity on Compass Records

Joyce DiDonato
from In War & Peace on Erato

Justin Hurwitz – “City of Stars”
from La La Land [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] on Interscope

Kid Cudi – “By Design”
from Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ on Republic

Lady Lamb – “Atalaia”
from Tender Warriors Club on Mom + Pop Music

Le Matos – “Sarah”
from Join Us on Death Waltz Recording Co.

Lee Hazlewood – “Ten Or 11 Towns Ago”
from 13 on Light in the Attic Records

Lost Tapes – “Teardrops”
from We Thought It Was Okay at the Time (2013-2015) on Shelflife

The Regrettes – “Hot”
from Feel Your Feelings Fool! on Warner Bros.

Run the Jewels – “Legend Has It”
from Run the Jewels 3 on Run the Jewels, Inc.

Sepultura – “I Am The Enemy”
from Machine Messiah on Nuclear Blast

Sohn – “Signal”
from Rennen on 4AD

Sundara Karma – “Olympia”
from Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect on RCA

Tony Bennett
from Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 on Columbia / RPM Records / Sony Music

The xx – “On Hold”
from I See You on Young Turks

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