Stream of the Crop: 7 New Albums for Heavy Rotation 4/22

New records from Angaleena Presley, J Dilla, and Artificial Brain top this week's list.
April 22, 2017, 6:45pm

Angaleena Presley Wrangled

Wrangled is an emotional rollercoaster with a singular focus, offering meditations on the pressures of high school (countrypolitan bubblegum bop "High School"), and hardships of tour life (the hopeful "Groundswell". No-good men and domestic drudgery (the confrontational"Wrangled") and her desire to fit in despite the inarguable fact that "god broke the mold when he made" her (the rueful "Outlaw") pop up alongside the deceptively sweet "Only Blood" with its devastating twist and the nightmarish gender constrictions she rails against on the biting "Mama I Tried." She gets by with a little help from her friends, too—Morgane Stapleton contributes guest vocals, while her husband Chris Stapleton, Guy Clark, and Wanda Jackson all co-wrote tracks on Wrangled. There's also a slightly more unexpected guest—cult Southern rapper Yelawolf, who appears on the album's most surprising track.

Kim Kelly, Angaleena Presley Doesn't Need Nashville, but Nashville Needs Angaleena Presley

Artificial Brain Infrared Horizon

Infrared Horizon issues a forewarning to the dystopia that awaits should humanity continue its current trend. The technical death metal quintet features members of Revocation, Luminous Vault, and many other bands. Their ten-song effort features a number of guest musicians and represents a massive step forward, both musically and conceptually, from their stellar debut album in 2014, Labyrinth Constellation.

Cody Davis, Artificial Brain Is Capturing the Futility of Existence

J Dilla Motor City

Another dive into the pioneering late producer's archives, Motor City features 19 previously unreleased, untitled mixes and a new blend mix from J-Rocc with Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes. It's packaged as a letter to Dilla from his mother, Ma Dukes.

Charly Bliss Guppy

Incubus 8

Hisato Higuchi Kietsuzukeru Echo

Woods Love Is Love

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