What’s up Jones & B music heads. I know I am a little late on this, seeing that we are already in the middle of September, and new records are dropping like hot cakes, but better late than never. This is your personal guide to the freshest and dopest releases coming this fall. Fall of every year are the record labels fourth quarter. Most record companies hold their biggest releases of the year until this time to capatlize on the holiday shopping sprees. This year, there is no shortage of huge albums that will be released this fall. I am going to break this write up into four parts, September, October, November, and December, to give you ample time to stock up and listen to these albums. They all will be worth that purchase. Notice how I didnt say illegal download cause here at Jones & B we don’t believe in that 🙂 Without further ado…here is Jonesy’s Fall Music Preview, starting with the month of September.
Nine Inch Nails-Hesitation Marks
Music mastermind Trent Reznor has returned with his latest musical opus, Hesitation Marks. Reznor took some time off from leading his powerhouse industrial rock project, Nine Inch Nails to score two David Fincher films, The Social Network, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Reznor said he felt re-energized with new music that he needed to share with the masses. The results are classic, dark, Reznor at his best. The album is more electronica and dance beats than heavy guitars and screams this time around. The album even features cameos from Fleetwood Mac’s, Lindsey Buckingham. Check out the pop gloom of “Come Back Haunted” and the uptempo “Everything,” and judge for yourself if Mr. Reznor still has what it takes.
The 1975–The 1975
The 1975 is another export out of England looking to make a big splash in America. The songs have a heavy grunge feel to them which fit them in well with the current indie rock music scene. Their self-titled debut album was produced by Mike Crossey who has also worked with the Arctic Monkeys and Foals. This album is filled with catchy hooks and bouncy rhythms. After the third listen you will find yourself singing along. Trust. Check out their first single, “Sex.”
The Weeknd–Kiss Land
Abel Tesfaye otherwise known as The Weeknd, just released his major label debut record Kiss Land. The Weeknd set the indie world on fire with his trio of mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Keeping a very DL status for the majority of the past two years, the Weeknd made very few public appearances. Then he signed to Universal, mashed up those three albums into a compilation album called Trilogy and headed out on a small club tour. People took notice. Fans soon came to realize that this guy is the real deal, especially with his electric live show. His showcase falsetto is on full display at his shows as well on his new album Kiss Land. In my opinion, The Weeknd makes thug passion with his R&B music. His jams are raw, honest, and direct. He holds no punches lyrically and makes albums that fellas will nod their heads too and ladies will get in the mood too. He is becoming the second best thing out of Canada next to his homie Drake in the music world. Check out “Live For” featuring both of Canada’s new kings of swoon.
England’s favorite band, the Arctic Monkeys return with their 5th LP AM, and this one actually may be their best. The Arctic Monkeys went back to basics on this album, creating a raw and more street sound. The band sounds very Black Keys-ish on this album in terms of the simplicity of the music. The album features hip-hop like break beats and has frontman Alex Turner, riffing off melodies and catchy lyrics throughout. Seems like the Monkeys have been heavily influenced by hip hop as of late. Turner stated that the album sounds “like a Dr. Dre beat, but we’ve given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster.” I love everything about this album. Check out “Do I Wanna Know” and “Why Did You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
Janelle Monae–The Electric Lady
Janelle Monae has quickly become one of my favortie artists in R&B. She is such a bad ass. This Kansas City born songstress has exploded onto the music scene since her debut The ArchAndroid in 2010. When that album dropped, the world of music knew that we had something serious on our hands. That album encorporated elements of Motown, doo-wop, soul, hip hop, and straight R&B. It received tons of critical accalaim and caught the eyes of some pretty strong power players in the music game such as Prince. For her sophomore album, Monae takes things to another level with The Electric Lady. She seems more secure as an artist on this album. She is not afraid to take chances at all, and she usually excels at every challenge she takes artistically. She dips into the genre of jazz on “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes,” pop on “Dance Apocalyptic,” and gospel on “Victory.” Miguel, Esperanza Spaudling, and Prince share vocals with Monae on The Electric Lady. Check out “Dance Apocalyptic” and “Give Em What They Love” feat. Prince.
2 Chainz–B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME
TWO CHAINNNNNNNNZZZZZZZ and four bracelets!!! LOL. Nah, on the reals if you don’t know who 2 Chainz is at this point than you may have been living under a rock for the past year. This Georgia emcee was everywhere in the world of hip hop in 2012. In 2012 he dropped his debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, which featured the hits “Birthday Song” feat. Kanye West, “Yuck” feat. Lil Wayne, and “No Lie” feat. Drake. He then appeared on Kanye West’s “Mercy,” and on the G.O.O.D. Music compliation album, Cruel Summer. Then you heard him trading bars with Nicki Minaj on “Beez in the Trap.” There are too many other 2 Chainz appearances to list, but you get the point. He was all over hip hop this past year and now he wants to remain in our conciousness with his second album, B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME. I will tell you off the jump, this album is no Based on a T.R.U. Story. It’s just not nearly as good and doesn’t have as many breakaway hits as that album does, but 2 Chainz knows how to hit us where it counts. This southern rapper can definitely spit. Check out his flow on “I Do It” feat Drake and Lil Wayne and “Netflix feat. Fergie.
America’s favortie weirdos are back. Let me stop. Just joking. Experimental wonderkinds, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, otherwise known as MGMT, are back after a two year hiatus with their third major release. This one is self titled and finds the boys from Weslyean University back to making music that sounds better when being under the influence of a mind altering substance. Psychedlic grooves will continue to reign supreme on this effort. Let’s face it. These guys are good at this stuff. Get trippy and check out “Your Life is a Lie.”
Elvis Costello and the Roots–Wise Up Ghost
I am very interested in checking out this monster mash up of the oddest couple possible. These two artists started to bond after Costello started making appearances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, where the Roots happen to be the house band. Music foodie Questlove? and Costello must have bonded over everything music and tried to experiment with some new and original sounds. They ended up making enough noise for an entire album, and from what I have heard so far, it is some of the best stuff of Costello’s career. Give it up to Questlove to bring out Elvis’ mojo and introduce him to the world of hip hop. Check out “Walk Us Uptown.”
One of my favorite new indie bands is Grouplove. I followed them like a little school girl did Scott Baio everytime they played in New York in support of their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song. I just love that album. It is filled with so many fun, catchy, pop songs that have grit and melody to them. I have really been anticipating their second effort. I caught the NPR First Listen stream the other day and the band definitely has their knack for that punchy pop sound. I’m not sure if it’s nearly as good as their debut, but fans will not be disappointed with Spreading Rumours. Christian Zucchoni and Hannah Hooper continue to share singing duties on this LP and the band gets back into their fun loving groove from the start of the album. Check out “Ways to Go.”
Drake–Nothing Was The Same
Drizzy Drake is back again ready to break ladies hearts and make your Beats by Dre headphones burst with his third LP, Nothing Was The Same. Drake is ready to go global with this LP. He has showcased a few of the stellar tracks off this album already with “Started from the Bottom,” and the R&B classic of the year thus far, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” This is a growth album for Toronto’s finest as he plans on stepping up to that next level of emcees. Lil Wayne and Jay Z make appearances on this album and hotshot Scottish producer DJ Hudson Mohawke lends his skills to a couple tracks as well. Drake is also about to headline his first major US tour with Miguel and Future next month. Things are looking up for Drake. I expect this to be a good end of 2013 for Mr. Aubrey Drake Graham. Check out “Started from the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
Kings of Leon–Mechanical Bull
Another album I am eagerly anticipating is the new Kings of Leon record, Mechanical Bull. No band with the exception of Coldplay and Mumford and Sons have reached “U2” level of success as fast as Kings of Leon. After the release of their 4th album, Only By The Night and the huge success of singles “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire,” KOL was literally everywhere. They turned into the band that you loved to hate because you couldnt stop hearing those songs. Guess what, those are both two very good songs. The thing is KOL have been a great band since they first appeared on the music scene back in 2003, and really let the music world they were a force to be reckoned with with their second release, 2004’s Aha Shake Heartbreak. I think even the boys from KOL will tell you that they rushed things with Come Around Sundown, the album they released shortly after Only By The Night. Maybe they were searching too hard for the next “Use Somebody” or their label wanted to capitalize on their new found success. Bottom line is they werent ready to release that album when they did and because of whatever the reasons were, backlash ensued. Besides that, internal discourse threatened to tear this band apart for good. But good old time heals all wounds, nothing is stronger than family, and when the guys got back together to make this new album they knew they still had a lot of great music and creative juices inside them. At the end of the day, not too many bands sound as good as KOL when they are on. I expect Mechanical Bull to be one of the biggest of the fall releases out there. Check out the first single, “Wait For Me.”
Haim–Days Are Gone
The hottest thing out of Los Angeles right now are not the Dodgers, they are three sisters named Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, and they make up the band Haim. They are signed to Roc Nation (even Jay knows whats up) and they have been one of the hottest acts on the indie circuit this past year. I am super excited to see them at this year’s Austin City Limits festival. They have spent the year opening for Rihanna and Mumford and Sons. Not too shabby right? This album provides production from Ariel Rechtshaid who has worked with both Vampire Weekend and Usher, so expect a wide variety of sounds on their debut album, Days Are Gone. This album is definitely on my must get for this fall. Check out the lead single, “The Wire.”
Justin Timberlake–The 20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2
America’s favorite entertainer is back with the second part of his musical expereince. In part 1 Mr. Justin Timberlake had us looking through “Mirrors” adjusting our “Suit and Tie.” After a sold out stadium tour this summer with none other than Jay Z himself, JT is ready to release the second half of his musical opus. After a long hiatus from music, Timberlake burst back onto the scene with a huge publicity campaign for the 20/20 Experience Part 1. Expect more of that to come with Part 2. Timberlake has already leaked that “Timberlake Tuesdays” will be starting. He shot a commerical for Target in my town of Hoboken for “Take Back the Night” at the famous music venue Maxwell’s, and he has a new movie coming out in October with Ben Afleck called “Runner Runner.” Timberland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon handle production on part 2 so expect more smooth grooves from the entertainer of the year. Get ready for the fall of Timberlake. Check out “Take Back the Night.”