This Month's Soundtrack, June 2009

Check out new releases from top artists as picked by the EM editors for the June 2009 issue
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These releases range from jazz to indie rock to world-music-influenced electronica, and represent a range of production methods.

JOHN SCOFIELD:PIETY STREET(EMARCY) BACKED BY A KILLER BAND THAT INCLUDES JOHN CLEARY, GEORGE PORTER JR. (OF METERS FAME), RICKY FATAAR, JOHN BOUTTé, AND SHANNON POWEL, SCOFIELD DISHES UP NEW ORLEANS-TINGED GOSPEL AND BLUES WITH A JAZZY FLOURISH.

MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND:SOY SAUCE(NACIONAL)

Camilio Lara is the Mexican Institute of Sound, and here he teams up with producer Holger Beier to once again blend electronica and hip-hop with traditional Mexican music.

SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT:REINTEGRATION TIME(NORMALS WELCOME)

The six-piece Canadian electronic/dance/rock outfit features two drummers and multiple bassists, and uses all analog synths.

AKRON FAMILY:SET 'EM WILD SET 'EM FREE(DEAD OCEANS)

Imaginatively produced, deeply textured rock with folk, psychedelic, and numerous other influences. The more you listen, the more you like.

OMER KLEIN:HEART BEATS(SMALLS)

The Isreali pianist, who now resides in New York City, offers up a tasty set of solo jazz pieces that incorporate Middle Eastern melodic influences.