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Aloe Blacc’s music combines retro soul, new R&B, and a fresh voice for a sound that hints at the past but still sounds like something we haven’t heard before. While he’s been around for a while, Blacc started to really get buzz when HBO show How To Make It In America premiered with his urban hard-times masterpiece “I Need A Dollar” as the opening theme song. His new album, Good Things, features that track as well as a reworking of The Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.”
For fans of: John Legend, Bill Withers, The Roots
Likable piano-pop charmer Ben Folds teams with novelist Nick Hornby for an 11-song album of pure collaboration. The two creatives (mutual fans) combine Folds’ playful energy and pensive voice with Hornby’s beautiful, storytelling lyrics. The result is a treat for Ben Folds and Nick Hornby fans alike. Highlights include bittersweet ballad “Picture Window,” comical “Levi Johnston’s Blues,” and high-energy “From Above.”
For fans of: Ben Lee, Ben Kweller, Death Cab for Cutie
Psychedelic, ambient-punk rockers Deerhunter enlisted the help of Ben Allen, who produced Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion, to help craft this sonically rich album. The songs genre-hop and vary from super-mellow “Earthquake” to the brilliant pop-rock sound of “Revival.” The album as a whole is soaked in reverb, with a slight touch of 90s nostalgia.
For fans of: Atlas Sound, Caribou, Animal Collective