Kelis - Friday Fish Fry
Kelis has become somewhat of a musical chameleon over time. Her latest album, Food, was released this week, and the nu-soul motown swagger of the record makes for a totally refreshing listen - something which is becoming a common occurrence for the American singer. Brass-laden with a strong retro vibe, Friday Fish Fry is the crowning point of the record and Kelis' delicate, husky and raw vocals are perfect for this soul-tinged classic.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Goodbye (Butterfly)
Back once again with their latest offering of psych-rock, The Brian Jonestown Massacre have an handy knack of not particularly changing their sound throughout their career yet always managing to sound different. The exclusive Record Store Day release Goodbye (Butterfly) has the band in full flow, with frontman Anton Newcombe's vocals barely audible over a droning, addictive melody and the soft, Beatles-esque backing vocal 'doo doos' chant a constant in the background. Always different, yet still unmistakably The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It's a record only they could make.
Pixies - Greens and Blues
Indie Cindy, the first studio album from the Pixies since 1991's Trompe Le Monde, sees the indie rock legends occasionally return to their great heights - particularly in the trademark Pixies sounding Greens and Blues. Soaring Santiago guitar riffs together with Black Francis' strummed acoustic, the calm amidst a storm of noise, ensure the loss of bass player and songwriter Kim Deal hasn't knocked the band far off their near-peerless course.
Jamie xx - Sleep Sound
Not content with producing sleek, sophisticated, Mercury Prize-winning indie pop with The xx, Jamie xx has done it again with his latest release. His 2011 Gil Scott-Heron remix album We're New Here was a triumph, and he soon followed that with the majestic Far Nearer. Now, Sleep Sound sees the producer return to the sound that he has managed to carve out for himself in an astonishingly short period of time. Another banger.