This month marks our penultimate mixtape of the year and our final regular fifteen-song mix, with the next being our ten-song mix highlighting our ten favorite albums of the year.
Traditionally, this time of year can be a little quiet on the new music front, with artists tending to want to wait until the new year for big releases. And indeed, we’re excited about more than a few full-lengths that have already been announced for January + February of 2019. But, be it the abandonment of album mentality by some newer artists or just the equivalent of family style dining in the music world, with people wanting to grab attention as soon and as often as they can, this month actually seems awash with excellent new music.
Starting with Melbourne electronic artist Alice Ivy and her sophisticated dance track “Chasing Stars” featuring Bertie Blackman. Then we have newcomer ford. (AKA Luc Bradford) out of Provo, Utah, who’s new album, (The) Evening comes to us via ODESZA‘s label Foreign Family Collective and is highly recommended for any fans of intricate, layered electronic music. The track we feature has Sarah Kinsley on vocals, but another couple from the album feature the subsequent artist on our mix, Durango, Colorado-based signer Sophie Meyers (who, awesomely enough, includes a PayPal link on her Soundcloud page—no beating around the bush with this one).
Then we’ve got a fun, addictive track from Brooklyn’s Anna Wise, featuring Jon Bap; the return of London’s biggest Missy Elliot fan, Georgia; edgy, rhythmic, almost industrial-sounding pop from Montreal’s Annie Sama; and then three in a row from fellow Angelenos—a darkly beautiful debut from Phoenix-born, LA-based Kailee Morgue; a new one from another Angeleno, Lawrence Rothman, who now has a new EP out; and a new single from one of our favorite singer-songwriters in town, Ella Vos.
We’ve also got some subtly beautiful work from London’s (Will) Westerman, who plays the Moroccan tomorrow night; one of our favorites from (Thomas) VILDE‘s most recent album, out of Stockholm/Melbourne; catchy electronic music from another all-caps-er from Melbourne, LANKS (AKA Will Cuming); a great song from Andy Shauf’s new collaborative effort with his childhood friends from Saskatchewan, Foxwarren; a sleepily beautiful song from singer-songwriter-actress Alison Sudol; and we end out with a sweeping, dramatic song from Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer, AURORA (Aksnes).