Cleveland label Exit Stencil Recordings is set to release two great albums at the end of the summer walking into fall, with Like Bells’ Palma and the New Lou Reeds Hit Songs. Instrumental trio Like Bells follow up their incredible self-titled from last year with a similar sound, but with the inviting surprise of vocals throughout the album. The songs are as cohesive and strong as ever, but still in their gentle form, check out the above tracks for proof. The New Lou Reeds return from their 2006 album Top Billin’ with a bunch of boozy blues-rock tunes that would make fellow Clevelanders The Hot Rails proud. Check out the first two tracks from the upcoming album, “Headed For A Felony” and “(I’m Clearly) Rockin’ Too Hard For You.” Both of these were pressed on random recycled color vinyl, and let me tell you, they look really really cool. There’s some of the pretties below. Palma is up for preorder ($15 w/ shipping) on the Exit Stencil store right now, and Hit Songs should be added soon!
Genre: Rap, Indie Rock, Blues
Location: Akron, OH
Label: Blakroc Website
01. Coochie ft. Ludacris & Ol’ Dirty Bastard
02. On The Vista ft. Mos Def
03. Hard Times ft. NOE
04. Dollaz & Sense ft. Pharoahe Monch & RZA
05. Why Can’t I Forget Him ft. Nicole Wray
06. Stay Off The F*%$#n’ Flowers ft. Raekwon
07. Ain’t Nothing Like You ft. Jim Jones & Mos Def
08. Hope You’re Happy
ft. Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Nicole Wray & Q-Tip)
09. Tellin’ Me Things ft. RZA
10. What You Do To Me ft. Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Jim Jones & Nicole Wray)
11. Done Did It ft. Nicole Wray & NOE)
Mixing rap and rock usually causes headaches at the slight thought of it. But leave it to Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney of the Black Keys to actually pull it off. Blakroc is the joint collaboration of the Black Keys and multiple big rap names. Just to name a few: Mos Def, Raekwon, Ludacris, RZA, and Jim Jones who helped bring this together. I’m digging this so much right now, I can’t help but love the blend of blues beats and rap verses. Big nod to the Black Keys, these guys are having a solid year.
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