Tahj Elliott "The Heart Mixtape"
If smooth jazz guitar is your cup of tea, there's no one smoother than Marc Antoine. The French guitarist has lent his talents to Sting, Cher, Celine Dion, and many others.
Jason Isbell's latest, "The Nashville Sound," transcends the alt-country subgenre. I'm not much of a country guy, but this was my go-to album during a difficult period in my life: Isbell's voice lent comfort to my heart, and the music itself felt so honest.
Zigtebra has a way of mellowing the heart with its deep, trance-like soundscapes and danceable love anthems. This Chicago-based, lo-fi pop duo met in an LGBTQ dance troupe and began to write and play shows together.
It's not like swing needs any help getting under the skin and loosening joints, but techno swingsters Ginkgoa throw the two genres together for a hook-filled, dance floor-flooding event. It's flapper jazz meets disco; Tin Pan Alley colliding with a dishwasher.
Man, this is some wild, weird stuff. Austin, Texas's Calliope Musicals is an epic, psychedelic, overload and its own polyphonic spree.
Straight outta Shreveport, Louisiana, it's the Seratones bringing a brilliant mash-up of searing soul and greasy, greasy R&B. Reminiscent of The Bellrays' blast of punk and soul and The Reigning Sound's lo-fi garage rock, Seratones is an outfit full of cocksure swagger and bodacious guts. Led by singer A.J. Haynes, the band doesn't just play to the audience, it positively incites and ignites, washing over them more like a salaciously sonic slathering.
Sastrugi "The Time: Night"
Prepare to get pantsed on the dancefloor when New York City's MAKU Soundsystem goes off. This is pure polyrhythmic glee set to stun.