Records to Get Excited About

This summer has already brought us a few gems in terms of new music. From the Bjork and Wilco-inspired Jubilee from Japanese Breakfast to the dynamic Mood Valiant from Hiatus Kaiyote, there’s something for everyone. The latter half of July has even more goodies in store.

Electronic duo Darkside came back with the highly anticipated album Spiral on July 23rd. The record is already gaining traction with rave reviews. On the record, Mr. Richardson of The Wall Street Journal stated that “Spiral” is a brilliant headphone album, in the tradition of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Ted Davis of Paste Magazine said of Spiral, “DARKSIDE push their limits, all the while honing the distinctive sound that made the project so singular, to begin with.” Considering the band’s anthemic singles and adoration from the press, this new album is certainly one to keep on your radar.

Another anticipated released this Friday was Leon Bridges’ Gold-Diggers Sound. The record was birthed from a Los Angeles studio, bar, and hotel of the same name according to a recent Instagram post. He’s shared a few singles from the new album– “Motorbike“, “Sweeter”, and “Why Don’t You Touch Me.” It looks like we’re in for another LP full of swoon-worthy tracks (and no one is complaining). Don’t forget to catch him on tour at the Tulsa Theater next spring.

At the end of the month, we’ll see a new album from Yola. The English singer/songwriter has taken the world by storm since her nomination for best new artist at last year’s Grammys. Now, she’s getting ready to release her next record Stand for Myself on July 30th. The record is produced by The Black Keys’ own Dan Auberach, whom signed Yola and made her the shining jewel of his own label, Easy Eye Sound. Want a sneak peek? Check out her live performance of the title track below.

New York artist Torres is only a few days shy of sharing her latest album. Based on its singles, you can expect an LP full of crisp, stadium-ready anthems. She’s already shared the title track, and it serves as the album’s heartfelt mission statement: Love as much as possible. Torres’ music is pumped with raw emotion, and her booming choruses sound like they’re pulled straight from heartland rock. Check out her upcoming record Thirstier out July 30th.