An electronic project by Croatian producer Marko Vuković, Kimekai is a shape-shifting digital (and organic) beast. Atmospheric and clubby at once, "Sunland" combines analog synths, live percussion and radical samplings for an unpredictable sonic journey.
With a sweet and rowdy and heartfelt approach to gospel and rock 'n' roll, Charleston, South Carolina band Shovels & Rope return this summer with a new album and a strong first single, "The Devil Is All Around."
We all know how catchy a good doo-doo, bah-bah, ooo-ooo can be, but Oklahoma City band Broncho takes the nonsense hook to new scatty, stuttering places with the slightly glammy, slightly new-wavey "Class Historian."
With the piercing falsetto of Christopher Richard -- known for his work with Edward Sharpe -- and a postmodern gospel-soul groove, "Motion Animal" by Crash tells it on the mountain -- and then some.
Leader of the band By Divine Right, José Contreras has resurfaced this year with his first solo album. On it he revisits his substantial catalog and peels back the songs, like first single "Past the Stars," to a spare but haunting essence.
The brooding, figurative lyrics of "Long Night" -- "Can't unsee the things I saw, fallen devils, false gods" -- hints at where Boston band Guster has been and where it's headed. Back with its first album in four years (due out officially in early 2015), the band worked with producer Richard Swift (well-known as keyboardist for the Shins) for a dark, intensely atmospheric sound.
Washington D.C.-based band Empresarios and Colombia-born artist Ephniko fuse the fiery sounds of salsa with the rhythms of hip-hop and reggae to create "Canto a La Vida," a reworking of Héctor Lavoe’s well-known song, "El Cantante."
Fresh off his first new album in 13 years via Luaka Bop (David Byrne's label), Brazilian musician Moreno Veloso embraces the light, elegant sounds first embodied so well by his father, Caetano Veloso, in "Em Todo Lugar."
Electronic producer Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum, combines the worlds of glitch and chillwave and laces it with dreary, pop-driven vocals in the almost nine-minute song, "Hazel Ash."
Soulful UK-based house duo Anushka brings the sweetness with their infectiously bright, bouncy and melodic tune, "One More Time."