Published Jul 09, 2013There are still 284 days left until the next Record Store Day (yep, we're counting), but that doesn't mean you have to wait until then to pick up some new albums. To help you on your journey, we've offered our two cents on this week's new releases below, but you can also check out our Recently Reviewed section for more on this week's new releases.
Kicking things off is Magna Carta Holy Grail, the 15th studio album from Brooklyn hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. But is his newest set of mass-marketed music appealing to longtime fans of the Roc-A-Fella rapper? Click through to find out.
Next, sampler-savvy, gravel-throated songwriter Daughn Gibson creates intriguingly uncomfortable folk rock on the Nick Cave- and Slim Twig-evoking Me Moan, while Flying Lotus-favoured bassist Thundercat delivers futuristic funk on Apocalypse.
Los Angeles-based post-metal pioneers Isis may have called it quits in 2010, but you can relive the metalgaze titans' glory years with their recently reissued debut full-length Celestial, which 13 years later continues to prove "that some simple chords and feedback are a timeless combo."
Finally, synth-based songwriter Louise Burns treads the line directly between the moodiness of the Cure and the dream-pop of Rachel Zeffira on her ethereal second album The Midnight Mass. But is this progressive-minded LP a step in the right direction? Read on to know.
Read full reviews of these new releases and many more by checking out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section. Then, don't forget to visit our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates on even more upcoming albums.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Soul, Funk & World