Editors' Choice for June 2024

Gemelo
Partisan / Universal Music
The Los Angeles singer pairs with Chicano Batman's Carlos Arévalo for her bold follow-up to Cha Cha Palace.
- Matt Collar
Live at Glasshaus
Glasshaus Presents / ONErpm
R&B
A loose and lively 2023 date with the Grammy-winning singer supported by Questlove, Robert Glasper, Burniss Travis, and Common.
- Andy Kellman
Reflections, Vol. 2: Black Decelerant
RVNG
Debut effort from an ambient jazz duo who describe their music as a meditation on Black being and non-being.
- Paul Simpson
Heart of the Artichoke
Bayonet Records
A tender, evocative sophomore LP populated by affection, longing, and outsider perspectives.
- Marcy Donelson
hummingbird
Big Machine Records
The sharp country singer/songwriter emphasizes her traditional roots.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rectangles and Circumstance
Nonesuch
The singer/composer and versatile percussion quartet reunite for a captivating set guided by 19th century poetry.
- Marcy Donelson
Brat
Atlantic
Fusing hyperpop and Y2K club music with nakedly confessional songwriting, the pop innovator delivers some of her most engaging and mature music.
- Heather Phares
The Gloss
Fire Talk
Montreal trio combines high-tension post-punk with atmospheric, jazz-leaning touches and the occasional dip into early-2000s street-level rock revivalism.
- Fred Thomas
Heart Trio
AUM Fidelity
Recorded in a day, the trio organically explores rhythms and spiritualities from across the globe with percussion, flutes, and homemade instruments.
- Thom Jurek
Collected Works, Vol. 1 (1989-1997)
Cherry Red
Six-CD box set compiling nearly everything the British dream pop group released when they were signed to Dedicated.
- Paul Simpson
Rock 'n' Roll Star!
PLG / Rhino
A thorough examination of the creation of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars featuring 29 unreleased tracks.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Love Changes Everything
Drag City
The windswept and emotionally driven Australian instrumental trio pick up as if no time has passed on their first new album in ten years.
- Fred Thomas
Sonido Cósmico
Easy Eye Sound
The sixth offering from the Ecuadorian-Swiss siblings and guests retains their desert-blown guitar sound but explores outer space, not the horizon.
- Thom Jurek
Love Heart Cheat Code
Brainfeeder
R&B
Joy, optimism, and otherness fill the fourth album by Australia's premier hardcore avant-soul/jazz/funk/hip-hop band.
- Andy Kellman
Loom
Interscope / Kid ina Korner
The Vegas crew's seventh set returns them to bombastic anthem territory after a period of introspection on their previous LP.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Poptical Illusion
Domino / Double Six
A more upbeat companion to the mournful Mercy, this finds the Velvet Underground co-founder full of energy, ideas, and intelligence.
- Mark Deming
The Art of the Lie
Bella Union
The singer/songwriter's anger, anguish, and mordant wit are more tangible than ever on these portraits of deception and betrayal.
- Heather Phares
Kevin Puts: The Hours
Erato
The premiere of an operatic adaptation of the novel and movie features an equally star-studded cast.
- Keith Finke
Evergreen
Verve
The keyboardist builds sonically vibrant crossover jazz worlds on his sophomore album.
- Matt Collar
Fire
Sumerian Records
Triumphant comeback album from the pioneering Canadian metal outfit.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Good Together
Concord / Fantasy
The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston soul-pop outfit's breezy, feel-good eighth studio album.
- Matt Collar
Time
BBE
Reissued in a definitive vinyl edition, Time is not only a Detroit jazz classic, but an iconic, wildly original classic of the jazz-funk era.
- Thom Jurek
Proxy Music
Storysound Records
The great heroine of British folk-rock recruits a team of artists to sing her songs, and they do so beautifully.
- Mark Deming
How Will I Live Without a Body?
Sub Pop
Sounding refortified but no less mesmerizing, the trio's cinematic third LP shifts settings from pastoral Texas to haunted seaside England.
- Marcy Donelson
Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow [Deluxe Edition]
Edsel
T. Rex discover American soul on this loose, thrilling, and funky album that examines the myths and deep feelings of its main character, Marc Bolan.
- Tim Sendra
Oath
Temporary Residence
Celebrating 25 years, the quartet and an orchestra deliver their 12th album, built upon the concepts and strictures of time's passage.
- Thom Jurek
uNomkhubulwane
Blue Note
On his intimate third Blue Note album, the pianist's trio delivers a three-movement masterwork balancing past, present, and future.
- Thom Jurek
Why Lawd?
Stones Throw
R&B
Eight years on from Yes Lawd!, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge return with a richer second collaborative album full of heartache.
- Andy Kellman
WeirdOs
O.
PIAS / Speedy Wunderground
The sax-and-drums duo's brazen, fiery debut album is a thrilling listen for those who love music that's as unpretentious as it is inventive.
- Heather Phares
One Hand Clapping
Capitol / EMI / EMI Records / UMC
The music from the unreleased live-in-the-studio doc showcases a vigorous, stripped-back Wings.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Redd Kross
In the Red Records
The power pop-meets-hard rock legends celebrate their longevity with the angriest, hookiest, and most intense album of their career.
- Tim Sendra
Complete Shampoo
Cherry Red
Cherry Red's comprehensive set celebrates the South London duo's proudly plastic -- and surprisingly influential -- fusion of punk and pop.
- Heather Phares
Valley of Abandoned Songs
15 Passenger / Million Stars
A surprisingly cohesive, poetic, lyrically tight album of characteristically ragged indie folk from the Upstate New Yorkers.
- James Wilkinson
The Vienna Recital
Deutsche Grammophon
Dizzyingly varied live recital holds together thanks to constant pianistic invention and sheer sensitivity.
- James Manheim
Chopin: Études
Decca
Brilliant and above all youthful readings of Chopin's Études.
- James Manheim
Grush
Planet Mu
Continuing in the direction of Mike Paradinas' 2022 output, this effort is another winning mixture of choppy breakbeats and wistful melodies.
- Paul Simpson