Jaspects (37) (pictured above)
Karma Stewart (18)
Steely Dan (18)
Passion Pit (17)
I've been complaining about the paucity of interesting music releases all year. Finally, there seems to be signs of relief for me. Four out of five of my top listens this week represent that.
For starters, color me impressed with Jaspects's latest album The Polkadotted Stripe. I've been a fan of the Atlanta's group mix of straight ahead/acid jazz and humor for years. In 2008 they surprised me with the single "Unifunk". This punchy, jazz/electronic dance track set the stage for their new blend of jazz/hip hop/elctronic music with a bit of help from fellow Atliens Janelle Monáe and PJ Morton. Not perfect but yummy.
Next up is independent soul/r&b artist Choklate. She builds on her underground debut with the competent To Whom It May Concern. Again, she delivers more of what's missing from black/urban radio.