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Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)
/ Pat Metheny

The curiously-titled “Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)” is the iconic jazz guitarist’s second independent release (via BMG) after his decades-long partnership with Warner Music Group. This live album is a wide-ranging affair which pairs Metheny with (what he intends to be) a rotating cast of gifted, younger musicians that comprise the Side-Eye Trio; in the case of this recording: James Francies on piano/keyboard, and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The album contains mostly new material but also older tunes, including a pair of performances of recordings from his 1976 debut as a leader, “Bright Size Life” (which entered Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2021)—the sumptuous title track, and the eponymous “Sibrahorn.”

/ Kraftwerk

Fans of the beloved electronic pioneers Kraftwerk can now enjoy many of the band’s best remixes in one central location. These versions help to explain why the band is so widely revered, and proves the vast influence they have had on not just pop and hip-hop, but the full gamut of electronic dance music since their inception in 1969. Included in the compilation is some of Kraftwerk’s own mixes (“Home Computer,” “Tour De France (Etape 2)” paired with takes from some of the world’s best-known producers in the genre, including Orbital (“Expo”), Hot Chip (“Aéro Dynamik), and François Kervorkian (“Radioactivity”).

Black Radio III
/ Robert Glasper

Highly prolific pianist/keyboardist Glasper returns with the third installment in his “Black Radio” series, in which the musician is joined by an ensemble cast of artists to bring a melting pot of contemporary jazz, soul and hip-hop to a rapid simmer. Highlights include the Grammy-winning “Better Than I Imagined,” featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello, “It Don’t Matter,” with Gregory Porter and Ledisi, and a cover of Tears for Fears’ evergreen “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” featuring Lalah Hathaway (and guest verse from Common). Throughout, Glasper is supported by bassists Derrick Hodge and Burniss Travis II, drummers Chris Dave and Justin Tyson, as well as contributions from turntablists Jahi Sundance and the iconic DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Lucifer on the Sofa
/ Spoon

Austin, TX rock stalwarts Spoon return invigorated from a five-year break (the longest since their inception in 1993) with “Lucifer on the Sofa.” What results is a lean and firm album that is arguably one of their strongest. The album launches with a cover of “Held,” a tune authored by Bill Callahan who recorded for years professionally as Smog. This introduction sets the stage for an album that is both familiar and fueled by impulse. Principal songwriter/lead guitarist/vocalist Britt Daniel states that he listened to lots of ZZ Top while writing for the project, and that energy was not lost during the recording phase, namely on the album’s first single “The Hardest Cut.” Other standout songs include “Wild,” “The Devil & Mister Jones,” and the closing title track.

DF: 6/22