February Highlights

Music in February’s got me head-bobbin’ like ol’ Gandalf.

Full Albums/Mixtapes:

1. Acid Arab Collections LP 


What is it?

Parisian DJs/producers Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho who, when together, call themselves Acid Arab have collected an LP’s worth of bumping house music infused with Middle Eastern music, both traditional and modern. It’s loud and in your face and the dichotomy has been catching steam in pop music from Syrian Wedding singer Omar Souleyman’s “Wenu Wenu” to Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty”

Standout Track:

2. Leikeli47 lk47ptii Mixtape


What is it?

Masked performers catch a lot of attention for their “anonymity” first and their music second. And with the piles of new music being released daily online no one would blame the publicity stunt for the extra buzz. It worked for Flying Lotus’ Captain Murphy persona and it’ll work for Leikeli47: a NY female rapper who spits venom all over her mixtape titled lk47ptii. To highlight the hype-value, she opens the mixtape with a quote straight out of The Dark Knight Rises. Cheesy or Epic? Your choice.

Standout Track: “Miss America”

3. Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow


What is it?

The new LP from England’s contest-winning indie rock group brings lots of up-tempo tunes that are easy on the ears.

4. Solids  Blame Confusion
What is it?
I’m not normally a fan of noisy guitar fuzz rock, but Solids come in with a loud, brash bang and don’t give up. The mix seems a little more bearable on this LP and strikes a clearer chord with me. 
Standout Track: “Haze Away”


1. James Blake and Chance the Rapper “Life Round Here”

What is it?

James Blake, grammy nominated dub-crooner, and Chance the Rapper, Chicago’s next big thing, might now be roommates. But more importantly, they now collaborate on musical ventures. With talks of a longer project (mixtape maybe, please?) the two released this bit of hip-hop.

2. The Bleachers “I Wanna Get Better”

What is it?

Fun. is a band who finds its strength in being the world’s most successful Queen cover band. And while leader singer Nate Ruess spends his time singing duets with P!nk, guitarist Jack Antonoff has started his solo project The Bleachers. Check out the similarities and differences.

Favorite Music Video:

Metronomy “Love Letters”

Directed by Michel Gondry, known for his Bjork music videos, memorable commercials, and trippy movies like Be Kind Rewind and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Back to directing music videos, Gondry uses his crafty staples to represent Metronomy’s throw back style.

Favorite Cover:

Miley does OutKast, Diplo does Beyonce, and Lorde does James Blake, but good ol’ Jimmy Fallon takes the cake on this superb reimagining of “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly