Published Jul 02, 2013We here at Exclaim! know it can be hard to recover from the long weekend. So ease out of your post-Canada Day hangover and into the workweek by finding some quality new music to listen to. Below, find reviews of some of the albums hitting shelves this week, then check out our Recently Reviewed section for our thoughts on even more of this week's newest releases.
Starting things off is Chicago three-piece Smith Westerns, who've dropped the glam-rock sounds of their youth in favour of '90s guitars and piano-driven choruses for their third LP, Soft Will. But has their new mature direction paid off? Read on to find out.
It's been less than a year since we last heard material from Dustin Bentall & the Smokes, but the Canadian folk singer is already following up last year's Orion EP with the road-hardened You Are An Island. Continuing to expand beyond the by-the-books country of his previous releases, his emphasis on "power pop and hard country throughout shows a definite move in the right direction," says our reviewer. Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$ has dropped his long-awaited Summer Knights mixtape, but was it worth the wait? Read our review to see what our reviewer said.
Next, heavy metal troupe Plagues only provide the basics on their bland Perfect State, while Rasta-infused UK beatmaker Congo Natty marks the second-coming of jungle with the aptly-titled Jungle Revolution.
Last but not least, envelope-pushing Hyperdub maestro Walton continues his assault on the dancefloor with the acid house-inspired Beyond, and Holden returns after a long absence with an ambitious and excellent follow-up to 2006's The Idiots Are Winning.
Read full reviews of these new releases and 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
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic