Each and every week here at INHAILER, not only are we always on the lookout for amazing new music to play for our listeners, we’re sent music from record promoters and label reps in hopes of getting their artists on the NACC (North American College & Community Radio) charts. Think the Billboard charts but with more of a focus on not only up and coming indie artists but those big name mainstays that are now headlining music festivals around the world. Listening to all of this music is a large undertaking and there is a lot of stuff that doesn’t quite make the cut. Here are the best of our new adds:
1. The Ophelias - Almost (Out 7/13 on Joyful Noise Recordings)
Formed in high school and coming from musical backgrounds ranging from opera to surf rock, The Ophelias are releasing their second album on Joyful Noise Recordings Produced by Why’s Yoni Wolf, they create a blend of understated rock, baroque pop, and wide-skied atmospheres while exploring the juxtapositions of youth on their upcoming album Almost.
Recommended If You Like: Kississippi, Adult Mom, Palehound
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Fog
2. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (Domino Records)
Arctic Monkeys released their left turn sixth album only a month after announcing it without releasing any singles or info besides the name and loose concept of a hotel and casino on the moon. Alex Turner wrote the new album on an upright piano he received for his birthday and toyed with the idea of releasing it as a solo album. After the wildly successful AM in 2013, fans were expecting music in a similar vein but that’s the benefit of being extremely successful: you’re allowed to take risks.
Recommended If You Like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Four Out of Five, Golden Trunks, American Sports
3. Childish Gambino - "This Is America" (Single)
After being out for a week, Childish Gambino’s "This Is America" debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Glover’s first song to reach the number 1 spot, let alone the top 10. The single was released with a video full of symbolism about race and gun violence in America which was directed by Atlanta collaborator Hiro Murai. The song features Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi and BlocBoy JB.
Recommended If You Like: Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, Kevin Abstract
4. Rex Orange County - Sampler
A collection of singles all released in 2017, 19 year old Rex Orange County’s light youthful R&B is easy listening sunny music that will put a smile on your face. After appearing on two tracks of Tyler The Creator’s Flowerboy, Rex is quickly climbing the ladder to popularity and fame.
Recommended If You Like: Kali Uchis, Homeshake, Frank Ocean
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Loving Is Easy, Best Friend, Sunflower
5. Jungle - "House In LA"/"Happy Man" (Singles)
Modern Soul and Funk group Jungle recently dropped two singles, their first since their 2014 Mercury Prize shortlist debut. Band leaders Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland say their second record is “like a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break-up songs." The 7-piece recently embarked on a world tour hitting festivals and venues alike.
Recommended If You Like: Jamie XX, Little Dragon, Caribou
6. Beach House - 7 (Sub Pop Records)
They’ve been a band for 13 years and just put out their 7th record last week, marking 77 songs written together. On 7, Beach House wanted to rethink old methods and let their creative moods dictate the album, and not let the excitement of developing a song leave their creative flow. They parted ways with longtime producer Chris Coady teaming up instead with MGMT and Panda Bear producer/former Spaceman-3 member, Sonic Boom to create their heaviest and most immersive album yet.
Recommended If You Like: Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Radiohead, Real Estate
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Lose Your Smile, Black Car, Dark Spring, Dive, Lemon Glow