Published Nov 25, 2014In search of some new records to listen to this week? Your search ends here, at our New Release Roundup. Featuring reviews of some of the top releases this week, give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few things you may have missed. Then be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more album reviews.
Detroit emcee Eminem is celebrating 15 years in the rap game, and Shady Records is getting the party started with the two-part Shady XV. One half compilation album and one half greatest hits record, some new work from Slim Shady and labelmates Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse is featured alongside some of the label's biggest and best-known singles. Is this Shady Records party worth the invite? Read our review to find out.
Asked about his decision to return to the studio to record a second album in 2014, Rick Ross simply said it was because "That's what bosses do." Only eight months removed from his last effort, Hood Billionaire once again finds Ross posturing as an incredibly rich rap music kingpin, having made his way to the top through dealing drugs.
On his sophomore solo record, Alien Lake, Johnny de Courcy puts his musically adventurous side on display, incorporating influences ranging from classical piano to psychedelic grunge, making for what our reviewer calls "a deeply satisfying listen." Elsewhere, the reissue of Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return is a good indicator of how a young James Mercer and company were smart composers even before forming the Shins.
Steffi's second full-length, Power of Anonymity, finds the Dutch-born DJ and producer teetering between both of the extremes that make up her record title. A boost of energy in the late stages of the listen does a lot to save what could have been a "very straightforward, if not full, dance floor-aimed release."
Finally, Full of Hell are the latest band to make a splash in a year that has been full of unlikely metal collaborations, teaming up with noise luminary Merzbow (aka Akita Masami). The result is anything but tame, with Full of Hell & Merzbow showcasing the impressive fusion of Full of Hell's "explosive, breakneck powerviolence" and Masami's "squalls of squelches."
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists below:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic