As we head into the fall of what has been a very good year for music, we wanted to take a moment to gather together information about some of the upcoming releases we and our readers are looking forward to. This list starts with records coming out a week from today. We’ll be back with regular reviews on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington returned as Darkside– their last release was their 2011 EP. This time, they took Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and reworked it until it was nearly unrecognizable– throwing glitches into the middle of Chilly Gonzalez’ piano on “Within” and turning Pharrell into a sluggish, deep-voiced Eeyore on “Get Lucky”. They called it Daftside’s Random Access Memories Memories. The duo are returning this fall with a proper album, and although they haven’t titled it or given it a release date, they’ve already shared the entire thing with a New York audience. They’ve also released the album’s slow-burning (video-based pun intended) first 11 minutes online. –Evan Minsker
Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye spent the first leg of his career carefully cultivating a brand centered around anonymity and shadowy, well-constructed R&B songs about depressive late-night debauchery. After three self-released mixtapes, Kiss Land marks his next step. The record, which is out on September 10 through major label Republic, includes a feature from his buddy Drake and a Pharrell remix, along with “Belong to the World”, the song with a controversial beat that sounds uncannily similar to Portishead’s “Machinegun”. –Carrie Battan
The Weeknd: “Live For” [ft. Drake] (via SoundCloud)
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