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Charts n’ Adds: 1/26 – 2/2

something about aprilOur number one this week is Something About April II, a release from American composer, musician, and producer Adrian Younge! Younge has released a myriad of projects over the past 16 years, including work with Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, and the scoring of the parody blaxploitation film Black Dynamite. Younge’s background in composing comes through in the grandeur Something About April II, which is reminiscent of the noir, sex appeal, and mystique of Tarantino’s soundtracks. Younge blends modern day hip-hop vibes with the classic soul and r&b of the ’60s and ’70s, and the result is gorgeous and sensual as heck.

Number two this week, garage fuzz rockers Wand. Quickly following up Ganglion Reef (2014), and Golem, (2015), 1,000 Days sees this Los Angeles group experiment a bit with sounds more unique in the world of garage rock. They’re still drenched with Ty Segall influence and psych rock, but have softer folk and electronic moments. This release has seen a lot of great weeks on our chart, and we’ll be retiring this album to the stacks after this week. Number three, Shigeto’s Intermission, is an electronic EP released on Ghostly International. Ann Arbor native Zachary Shigeto Saginaw is a treat to hear, live or recorded, but if you catch him live you’ll get to see a delicate dance between live mixing and live drumming; Saginaw is insanely talented at both and likes to switch between the two at breakneck speeds, creating ambiance and energy. Intermission is an album that creeps into your peripheral vision, it’s slow and brooding but full of good vibrations that make bodies move and think.

Number four on our chart is an EP called Myths 001, a collaborative project between Australian psych pop artist Connan Mockasin and Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange. This EP is a shorty but a goody, blending indie pop with soul, it’s sure to leave ya feelin’ lovely. Rounding out the top five is indie rock group The Besnard Lakes with their fifth full length, A Coliseum Complex Museum. Montreal residents Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, partners in both music and life, front this five piece group whose thematic inspiration ranges from the sanctuary of nature to the supernatural and occult.

New to our chart this week: Aidan Knight with Each Other, Archy Marshall with A New Place 2 Drown, Kishi Bashi with String Quartet Live!, RJD2 with a single, “Peace of What,” off the upcoming release Dame Fourtune, Baroness with Purple, Hinds with Leave Me Alone, Dr. Lonnie Smith with Evolution, and Ty Segall with Emotional Mugger

1 ADRIAN YOUNGE Something About April II Linear Labs
2 WAND 1,000 Days Drag City
3 SHIGETO Intermission EP Ghostly
4 CONNAN MOCKASIN AND DEVONTE HYNES Myths 001 [EP]
5 BESNARD LAKES A Coliseum Complex Museum Jagjaguwar
6 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER Garden Of Delete Warp
7 BALTHAZAR Thin Walls Play It Again Sam
8 FUZZ II In The Red
9 BERWANGER Demonios High Dive
10 JONNY GREENWOOD/SHYE BEN TZUR/RAJASTHAN EXPRESS Junun Nonesuch
11 AIDAN KNIGHT Each Other Outside
12 TYCHO Awake Remixes Ghostly International
13 ARCHY MARSHALL A New Place 2 Drown True Panther
14 PUSHA T Darkest Before Dawn G.O.O.D.
15 CRISTOBAL AND THE SEA Sugar Now City Slang
16 YONATAN GAT Physical Copy Joyful Noise
17 ST. GERMAIN St. Germain Nonesuch
18 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “FloriDada” [Single] Domino
19 KISHI BASHI String Quartet Live! Joyful Noise
20 RJD2 “Peace Of What” [Single] RJ’s Electrical Connections
21 SNARKY PUPPY AND METROPOLE ORKEST Sylva Gumuk
22 SONIC YOUTH Rather Ripped Geffen
23 KING TUFF Black Moon Spell SUB POP
24 BARONESS Purple Abraxan Hymns
25 HINDS Leave Me Alone Mom And Pop
26 USELESS EATERS Live In San Francisco Castle Face
27 DR. LONNIE SMITH Evolution Blue Note
28 TY SEGALL Emotional Mugger Drag City
29 BIG GRAMS Big Grams EP Epic
30 BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Eating Us Graveface

Top 5 Adds this week are headed up by local Lawrence musician Taryn Miller, who is releasing Gumption, her first full length as Your Friend.

1 YOUR FRIEND Gumption Ribbon
2 DIIV Is The Is Are Captured Tracks
3 GOOD MORNING Glory [EP]
4 EMILY WELLS Promise Thesis And Instinct
5 LUTHER DICKINSON Blues And Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol. I And II New West