Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for February 2015!
How to deal with a break up of a 13-year relationship? Well, there is no answer for that. With her new album Vulnicura, Björk documented her own story - from the break up until the recovery. It shows Björk at her best and it’s up there with the great moments of her discography. A masterpiece!
Years & Years
They’ve been all over the usual suspects’ “Bands to watch in 2015″ lists, so we thought you might want to know what British Synth-Poppers Years & Years actually sound like. Enjoy a glittery updated mix of everything that made the 90s worthwhile.
Diana Krall returns in 2015 with an album of songs she first heard on vinyl, from Elton John to the Mamas and the Papas to Bob Dylan, they’re all covers of iconic songs treated to her husky, rich vocal stylings.
Barron, now into his 70s, is one of those musicians who has been around for a long time and played with pretty much everyone from the Jazz sphere. His collaboration with bassist Dave Holland began in 2012, and they return with a beautiful, considered duo album that features some fantastic interplay between these two giants of the genre.
No Cities to Love, the first record after ten years from these indie-rockers, is filled with hits, hits, hits! Sleater-Kinney showing the right way to manage a reunion.
Yes, Bilderbuch are from Austria and sing about Austrian things and they won Austrian music prizes and everything, but come on, their genre-defying musical blend and undeniable nerdy coolness can be understood anywhere. And you can brag about being the Uber-Hipster at your next party if you know about Austrian Indie bands. A win-win-situation.
Since contracting Alzheimer’s Disease and thusly going on his “Goodbye Tour” in 2011, the great Rhinestone Cowboy has put out some of his most authentic work. Living at a Memory Care Facility and singing “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” has a circumstantial tone that his songs never had before. On the album See You There and the I’ll Be Me Soundtrack, the country legend sounds as old and farewelling as he is. This is brilliant and affecting music.
Chris Thile is always up to something edgy and amazing. This week it’s Phosphorescent Blues, the new Punch Brothers album, which is really beating at the hinges of Contemporary Bluegrass.
The tracks Arca makes rarely cohere to normal ideas of structure or rhythm. Nothing about the way Arca tackles sound is traditional. His music is somehow always more complex than it sounds. This talented young artist also co-produced Björk’s new album Vulnicura.
The man behind some of the most lauded UK techno ever pressed to wax, Luke Slater has announced details for his next single under the moniker Planetary Assault Systems. The Eyes Themselves will land in February on Slater’s label, Mote-Evolver. While waiting for this release enjoy some of his best tunes with AUPEO!
Boom Bap! Necks are broken here from constant head nodding to B4.DA.$$. Call it Golden Age revival, Classic East Coast, Underground or Real Hip-Hop, the pressures of carrying much of the weight of the future of New York hip-hop are nowhere to be heard on this long awaited debut studio album.
Keeping Detroit firmly on the rap map, Big Sean blesses us with “Blessings”. With Kanye West once again handling most of the production on Big Sean’s third album we will expect him to keep Detroit firmly in the charts also.
The Weeknd adding to the Fifty Shades of Grey hype seems natural. Never the artist to shy away from saucy subjects, and knowing the film’s theme, it comes as a surprise “Earned It” is very much a soul ballad, a love song of the traditional kind. We like surprises