It’s finally 2017, and the Earbits Music Team is back at it. Earbits has always been about discovering new and exciting music. There are lots of ways for you to find your next favorite artist, that next club banger, or the perfect playlist to suit your mood. Each week our music team works to expand these horizons even more, and we wanted to with you some of our faves with you every week. Take a listen, as our editors bring you yet another way to discover great music.
Red Fang – Murder The Mountains
I know these guys have newer releases, but Red Fang’s sophomore album will always have a place in my rotation: melodic and heavy as sh%$t. They’re also hilarious; do yourselves a favor and check out their videos for “Hank is Dead” & “Wires”.
Opus 5 – Pentasonic
A great mix of angular post-bop, soul jazz, and ethereal ballads on Opus 5’s sophomore release. Check bassist Boris Kozlov’s original “Three Days of Maybe” where all of these sensibilities seem to intersect, or their take on Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay.”
moth electret – dawngazer
Released in 2014, ‘dawngazer’ by San Jose based artist ‘moth electret’ is an immersive journey through ambient and experimental sound. Tracks like ‘dawngazer II’ and ‘fablerium II’ paint stellar mental imagery, like walking through a foggy and dimly lit neo-noir refinery.
Vusi Mahlasela – Say Africa
Vusi is known as “The Voice” in his home country of South Africa, not only for the pained beauty of his singing but also, for his powerful, often political song-writing and lyricism. Bob Dylan wouldn’t be a lofty comparison. On this Taj Mahal-produced record, Vusi’s gifts are showcased for a wider audience without diluting his essence. Plenty of joyous harmony, beautiful acoustic guitar tone, and playful, bouncy rhythm.
Belle Ghoul – Rabbit’s Moon & Doomsday
Rabbit’s Moon & Doomsday is a debut album, but it sounds anything but. Belle Ghoul, comprised of former ELECTRIC SIX keyboardist Christopher Tait and Jesse Paris Smith. Smith, the daughter of punk legends Patti and Fred “Sonic” Smith, brings a timelessness to the fanciful compositions and bubbling organ of Tait.
Ruben & Ra / Retrospective Records – The Retrospective All Starrs Vol. 1
Retrospective All Starrs Vol. 1 is the first long play compilation release from Ra’s West-London based label ‘Retrospective’. Featuring 12 groovy disco and house tracks from a well assembled international roster of artists.