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.