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Saturday, April 2, 2022

The latest: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sunflower Bean, Trombone Shorty, Night Talks, Lost Leaders

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Aquatic Mouth Dance

Guitarist John Frusciante and producer Rick Rubin return for the band's 12th full-length album. AllMusic writes: "With the gang back together, there's a palpable joy born from the energy of four buddies just having fun in the studio. Extending their 2010s maturation without losing sight of their funk roots, Unlimited Love finds the Chili Peppers in jam-band mode, focusing more on sonic moods, surreal lyricism, and the journey itself, not a mainstream hit-fest." There's a lot of variety across the album's 17 tracks, but all have that unmistakable RHCP sound. Our pick for the New Music bin adds some nifty horns for extra flavor.

Sunflower Bean: Roll The Dice

Back in October, we featured the single "Baby Don't Cry" and wondered if there was an album in the works. Now we know Headful of Sugar is coming in May, and two more singles have emerged: the dream-poppy "Who Put You Up To This" - and this much louder, rocking track. Consequence of Sound calls it "a churning, distortion-laden clash against the traps of capitalism." Bassist Julia Cumming and guitarist Nick Kivlen share the vocals, declaring that “nothing in this life is really free” as Jacob Faber pounds the drums. “Almost everyone we know struggles with money,” the band says. “The traditional routes towards success and stability in America have severely narrowed. The only way to get ahead is to take big risks and roll the dice.”

Trombone Shorty: Lifted

The New Orleans trombone master's second album on the iconic Bluenote label is due later this month. We previously featured the early single "Come Back," and are now jumping on the title track, billed as a song about "love's unrelenting grip." American Blues Scene calls it "a pure dose of funk, jam, R&B, and rock [that] will have you wanting to dance the night away."

Night Talks: Dancing With My Eyes Closed

We're glad to see this indie-pop band gaining more attention in its home area of Los Angeles (playing the Troubadour, getting voted to the top of KROQ's local-band list) and elsewhere (San Diego, New York's Mercury Lounge). They broke into our rotation with their first single in 2016, and their latest album, Same Time Tomorrow, is full of danceable tracks with smart lyrics. We featured the single "On and On" a couple of months ago, and we'll be spinning second single "Searching," but we're picking this sinuous, slightly funk-flavored number for the New Music bin.

Lost Leaders: Long Way Down

Lumineers bassist Byron Isaacs and New York guitarist Peter Cole apparently found some time between their other projects to record another single as Lost Leaders, and have some shows coming up in the New York City area. As fans of their previous work ("Miracle Mile," "I'm Gonna Win," "Horizontal Man" etc.) we'd like to think that means there's another album coming, but there's no word on that so far. 

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