5. Vulfpeck - Thrill of the Arts
by Anna Hurley
They are probably the worst performers I've ever stood in a concert for, but damnit if Christmas in LA isn't the most catchy, funky, and deliriously fun bit of three minutes I've heard all year.
5. Tame Impala - Currents
by Eric R. Mortensen
That bass lick in The Less I Know, The Better is the hardest working bass lick in show business.
5. Tom Rosenthal - Bolu
by Jez Burrows
Warm and silly and tender and full of vim and vigor, pith and vinegar.
5. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch
A good summertime song. You can do anything at the nude beach a go a go.
5. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
by Richard Perez
Nocturnal pop. Charming wasteland.
5. Darkside - Psychic Live
by Sasha Barr
Ok, so maybe this one isn’t an official album, but it’s a live DVD, so that counts, right? Darkside made some great beat driven ethereal guitar space out jams, and they really knew how to take it up a notch live. The live shows ended up being more dance party than their studio album, and I’m thankful I got to see them a couple times before they called it quits. I listen to Darkside more than the people around me probably want to hear it.
Listen to Darkside - Psychic Live on YouTube
5. Mike Adams At His Honest Weight - The Best of Boiler Room Classics
by Tara McCullough
A gentle nod to the classics, but always fresh. Really perfect blend of past & present with these super quirky guys.
5. Cities Aviv - Your Discretion Is Trust
by Nate Utesch
Hip-hop as seen through some sort of mangled lens that harkens to both industrial and rhythm & blues records of the early 90s. And also doesn't.
5. Four Tet - Morning/Evening
by Jen DeRosa
Good for: Flying or self reflection.
5. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
by Damien Correll
Super derivative, but super good. Nilsson vibes galore.