We’re barely on the threshold of July and already the 95+ degree days are upon us, saturating us in wave after wave of suffocating heat and sometimes stifling humidity. But despite the oven-like conditions, summer remains my favorite season if only for the promise of long days at the swimming pool, my annual pilgrimage to the Florida coast and, of course, the litany of summer jams that, perhaps more than anything else, will define the coming months—or at least provide the soundtrack.
One record that I’ll definitely be bumping from my car will be Eddie Meeks’ new joint, Cappuccino’s Unauthorized Records, which is far and away my overlooked album for June. Heavy on old-school funk, gritty beats and Meeks’ growly-voiced hard rhymes, I pushed this record into my playlist with literally zero expectations and it’s been on repeat ever since. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to listen to this cat spit, make sure to head over to his Bandcamp page where you can stream the record in its entirety.
As for July, here are seven records that should pique your interest. There are some established names on the list, as well as some fresh faces, but as per usual in this nest bed of musical creativity we call Atlanta, diversity wins the day. From experimental electronica to garage punk to hip hop to indie rock and blues, this month’s crop of fresh releases cover a lot of musical territory and should give just about every local music lover something to look into.
Anthemic power-pop trio Young Antiques’ fourth record, A Man, Not a Biography, will be available on CD, vinyl and through most digital retailers.
Young Antiques will celebrate the release of A Man, Not a Biography tonight at the Earl. Also performing will be Five-Eight and Ricer. Doors open at 9pm. $8 gets you in.
A Man, Not a Biography Tracklist:
01. Gotta Get Over You (Album Mix)
02. Come On Let These Girl Blues Go
03. What I Can’t See
04. I Can’t Stand Anymore
05. Tibor Kalman
06. Daydream Fields
08. Long, Long Story
10. Moon And Stars
11. Fucked Up In Public (Album Mix)
12. The Last Thing
Atlanta beatsmith Floyd the Locsmif will release the third installment in his Divine Dezignz series as a digital download through his Bandcamp page and other online retailers. Cover art and tracklist TBA.
Floyd the Locsmif will celebrate the release of Divine Dezignz #3: Dirty Canvas on Friday, July 8 at 529. Joining him will be DT, AmDex, Baka, Dr. Conspiracy, Illastrate, Stahhr, Ekundayo, 4-IZE and more. Doors open at 9pm. $7 gets you in.
Young, up-and-coming Marietta emcee Perrion will be looking to make his mark on his second mixtape, Le Bourgeon. It will be available as a digital-only effort though the artist collective, High Off Music.
Le Bourgeon Tracklist:
01. The Sprout
02. Menstrual Mouth
04. The Time Is Right (Feat. Qwest & Microphone Preview)
05. Fill (Feat. DJ Markie)
06. The Hood
07. On The Road (Feat. Will Hill & Microphone Preview)
11. Hype (Feat. Matt Stoops)
14. Home or Homeless
Indie rockers Supervisor of the Loveless Average will release their debut EP on CD and through most digital retailers.
Supervisor of the Loveless Average will celebrate the release of the Songs About Cities EP on Friday, July 15th at the Drunken Unicorn. Also performing will be Silent & Listen and Dutch Angle. Doors open at 9pm. $5 gets you in.
Songs About Cities EP Tracklist:
01. Baltimore Bound
02. We Can Stow Away the Sound Underground
03. The Future of Minneapolis
04. Mouth Full of Gin
05. Radio Holly
Experimental electronic artist Lid EMBA will release the second part of his Terminal Muse trilogy via Stickfigure Recordings. It will be available on CD as well as through most digital retailers.
Terminal Muse: Blue Tracklist:
07. Macedonian (James Plotkin remix)
Hard rocking trio Ricer will release their sophomore effort, XXX+Size, sometime this month. It will be available on CD, vinyl and through most digital retailers. The CD and digital versions will contain two bonus tracks.
XXX + Size Tracklist:
04. 1 on 1
05. UN/Terror Kids
07. Jane Doe*
09. …On the Way Down*
* CD and digital only
Self-described post-blues quartet Brother Hawk are currently in the process of mixing their debut EP. No word yet on a specific date, but it should be out in July. It will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.
Love Songs EP Tracklist:
01. L5P (Lonely Five Points)
04. Sugar Bear