Hurray For The Riff Raff, Life On Earth
Alynda Segarra's long-running project Hurray For The Riff Raff announced a new album in October with the lead single “Rhododendron.” It signaled a poppier direction for the singer-songwriter, and she's just fine with the shift. "Life On Earth is an album about survival, informed by the wisdom of the nature within and all around us," Segarra writes on Instagram. "It’s my journey through time, across landscapes, changing and growing all the way.
Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Disrespectful
With a splash of the is-it-serious-or-not energy of Die Antwoord and an undeniable ear for the pinball rave sounds of bassline, Bad Boy Chiller Crew have the U.K. rap scene in a chokehold. Disrespectful, the group's second full-length, find the BBCC making a conscious effort at hitting the charts with singles like "450" and "Always Be My Baby."
Etran de L'Aïr, Agadez
Etran de L'Aïr is a group of brothers and cousins from Agadez, Niger that have honed their chops playing weddings. Their latest album of Saharan rock music may take them to new places, but it was only made with the people of their homeland in mind. “We play for the Tuareg, the Toubou, the Zarma, the Hausa,” says bandleader Moussa “Abindi” Ibra. “When you invite us, we come and play.”