DISCOVERY: LP (XL RECORDINGS)
A collaboration between Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles from Ra Ra Riot, this 10-song release is filled with melodic hooks, lush harmonies, electronic drum sounds — including sampled hand claps in place of snares and lots of 16th-note hi-hats — and analog-style synths.
SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9: PEACEBLASTER: THE NEW ORLEANS MAKE IT RIGHT REMIXES (1320 RECORDS)
A remix album of STS9s recent Peaceblaster CD features an array of remixers including Richard Devine, the Glitch Mob, Captain Crunk and many more. All profits will go to the Make It Right Foundation, which is dedicated to helping rebuild New Orleans' Katrina-devastated 9th Ward.
WEATHER PENDING: AND HOW! (RIPE FRUIT)
Catchy, ethereal songs; grooving bass and drums; unique, often Rhodes-like rhythm guitar playing; and the distinctive and sultry vocals of Janie Oliver mark the debut release of this San Francisco group (see Web Clip 1).
ROGER POWELL: BLUE NOTE RIDGE (FOSSIL POET)
Powell, best known as the keyboardist in Todd Rundgren's Utopia, has released his second solo CD since 2006. This one comprises gorgeously recorded solo piano improvisations that are alternatively pensive and pretty, and feature both jazz and classical influences.
NICKODEMUS: SUN PEOPLE (WUNDERWHEEL RECORDINGS)
New York DJ Nickodemus' second solo CD offers 12 cuts of effusive and eclectic world-beat dance music. Guest vocalists from Brazil, Guinea, Colombia, India, Turkey and more provide added spice.