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On the Record: Katy Perry, Brandy Clark, Son Lux, Tori Kelly, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and DJ Rashad

Prism_coverKaty Perry
Prism
(Capitol/Universal)
Sounds like:
The innocent pop princess rightly diversified for this one, mixing anthemic pop with bits of ‘90s house, world sounds and hip-hop.
Free association: Could do without that Juicy J spot, but overall, it’s far from terrible.
For fans of: Gaga/Britney/Ke$ha/Rih, Carly Rae x Far East Movement, bubblegum preacher’s daughters.

10.30.REVIEWS-BRANDYCLARKBrandy Clark
12 Stories
(Slate Creek Records)
Sounds like:
The extraordinary solo debut of a seasoned songwriter who, at 36, seems poised to step into the female country folk canon with her own, flawless sensibility.
Free association: These songs really are stories, and they’re gently poignant and perfect.
For fans of: Miranda Lambert/The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, folksy smart country.

10.30.REVIEWS-SONLUXSon Lux
Lanterns
(Joyful Noise)
Sounds like:
Ryan Lott’s a piano-trained professional, employing talented helpers on his third, but honing his icy, stunning vision of R&B-flavored chaotic ambient noise.
Free association: Soundtracking Loopers, the dude’s a versatile sound manipulator.
For fans of: Spiritualized/Vacationer, Why? x Young Magic, joyful maniacal controlled madness.

10.30.REVIEWS-TORIKELLYTori Kelly
Foreword EP
(Capitol Records)
Sounds like:
The charming 20-year-old California girl’s survived Star Search and Idol, has more than 670,000 YouTube subscribers, and her second EP is perfectly pretty.
Free association: Apple-picking the cutest parts of a handful of girl pop darlings.
For fans of: Lily Allen x Selena Gomez, Keri Hilson + India.Arie, cute and hustlin’ up-and-comers.

10.30.REVIEWS-DALEEARNHARDTJRJRDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Speed of Things
(Warner Bros.)
Sounds like:
The second LP from the Detroit duo is another airy, electro pop confection full of lush production and dreamy synths, but lacking the energy of their debut.
Free association: It’s like they took one too many notes from the Beatles playbook.
For fans of: Baths/Architecture in Helsinki x the Ruby Suns, nostalgia meets studio wizardry.

10.30.REVIEWS-DJRASHADDJ Rashad
Double Cup
(Hyperdub)
Sounds like:
One of the leaders of a Chicago movement called footwork, he and some ultra-tight cohorts deliver a stirring, trap-flavored opus of beats, samples and found sounds.
Free association: Who knew trap, hip-hop and house could so nicely intersect?
For fans of: Ghettoteknicianz, Frankie Knuckles x Addison Groove, high BPMs, hypnotic repetition.


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