Iglooghost, Kai Whiston, and BABii don't quite break new ground on XYZ, but they do complement each other very nicely on a majority of the tracks.
Flamagra mostly sounds like a hodgepodge of ideas FlyLo has already explored on previous efforts, and what surprises it does bring are hit-and-miss.
Flume's full-length followup to 2016's Skin takes a very welcome turn for the experimental.
Kai Whiston's debut album introduces him as one of the most promising up-and-comers in the blooming deconstructed club genre.
Clear Tamei and Steel Mogu deepen the sound and lore of Iglooghost, though hopefully his next full-length album will do so to a greater extent.
Oxnard singer, producer, rapper, and drummer Anderson .Paak has released his first single since his last solo album, 2016’s Malibu. Despite not releasing any of his own music for over a year, .Paak has been busy with numerous features and collaborations. Notably Yes Lawd!, his collaborative effort with Knxwledge under the name NxWorries, and most recently, he featured on the Black Panther OST.
“‘Til It’s Over” is cleanly produced and funky. The jittering synths and bells give the already moody track an extra boost of character. As of now, the track is available to stream exclusively on Apple Music. The song’s stunning and colorful video comes in the form of an extended commercial for Apple’s “HomePod” and features FKA twigs dancing in her apartment.
Anderson .Paak has said that he will release a new album in 2018. His band, The Free Nationals, also intends to release a full-length project this year.
The deluxe version of Joji's debut EP In Tongues was released a few days ago, and in it is several remixes from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Actress, and Lapalux. Among the most radical of these is Lunice's take on "Demons," which transforms the song into a wonked-out trap banger. The producer certainly makes the track his own, but hey, at least you can hear elements of the original in there (cf. Actress).
Again, In Tongues (Deluxe) is out now via 88rising.
Kelela's debut album is a great representation of how cutting edge the alternative R&B genre can be.