So the summer is coming to its inevitable, bitter end. What better way to cope with the waning days of outdoor frivolity than to hole up with a batch of new releases?

Banks & Steelz – Anything But Words

The unlikely duo of RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) and Paul Banks (Interpol) have teamed up for the dynamic and aggressive Banks & Steelz. They promise to “drop the hammer” in Anything But Words single “Giant,” and that’s exactly what they proceed to do.


Butch Walker – Stay Gold

Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that veteran rocker Butch Walker channels some driving Springsteen desperation vibes on a track titled “East Coast Girl.” It’s also heartfelt and well-produced. The Boss would approve.


Cass McCombs – Mangy Love

Cass McCombs is back. His Anti- Records release Mangy Love includes the conversational and dreamy “Medusa’s Outhouse,” which begs the listener to not leave him hangin’. So don’t!

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De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody

It’s wild to think that De La Soul is coming up on their 30th anniversary. Perhaps even wilder to think these old dogs employed a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new album that includes appearances by big shots David Byrne, Damon Albarn, and Usher.

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Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

For a taste of How To Be A Human Being, check out the impeccably produced and Atari-infused “Season 2 Episode 3.”

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Ingrid Michaelson – It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense

Ingrid Michaelson started out in coffee shops singing about the knitting of winter hats. A handful of albums later, she returns with It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense. She’s as earnest and playful as ever, particularly on “Celebrate,” a track that bounces along like a few from Regina Spektor’s What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

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Midnight Faces – Heavenly Bodies

Recorded at The Ship here in LA, Midnight Faces’ new album taps into that ’80s vibe that is quickly being reborn as a ’10s thing. Think The War On Drugs and some of that beloved Stranger Things soundtrack magic. Oh yeah, ’80s sax strains, too.

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Morgan Delt – Phase Zero

Delt’s sound is psychedelic minus the white knuckling, call your mom, freak out part. But there’s a little The Doors or Pet Sounds fun house spook in there. Check out the excellent “I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside.”

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The Album Leaf – Between Waves

The Album Leaf sounds fully modernized with semi-glitched out blips and other electronic je ne sais quois on the forthcoming Between Waves. There’s also a moody attitude that feels a long way from 2001’s excellent One Day I’ll Be On Time. Bring it on, Jimmy LaValle.

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The Mild High Club – Skiptracing

There is a tripped-out near-surf sound in Skiptracing that at times feels timeless, but ultimately contributes to an album that has SO MUCH going on. That’s a compliment. Prepare yourself, then dive in.