Hot girl summer? More like sad girl winter. January’s top albums

In a world of streaming services. smart phones and AI curation, for a lot of people, music is easier than ever to listen to, but it’s also more difficult to find. On our new segment, Monthly Music Roundup KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon checks in with KGNU Music Director Indra Raj—a person who listens to a LOT of music– to fill us in on all the music we may have missed each month.


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  1. Marika Hackman
    • Indie musician from the UK
    • Record Label: Transgressive
    • Album: “Big Sigh”
  2. Jollie Holland
    • Most known for work in early 2000s
    • Album: “Haunted Mountain” (Release in October)
  3. Ana Tijoux
    • Chilean French singer, notable in hip hop
    • Record Label: Victoria Producciones
    • Album: Vida
  4. Dowdy Matsiko
    • Ugandan British folk artist
    • Record Label: Really Good Record Label
    • Album: “The King of Misery”
  5. Cosmic Analog Ensemble
    • Multi-instrumentalist Sharif Megharbain’s project, analog lo-fi global sound
    • Record Label: Jakarta Records
    • Album: “Les Grands Vacances”
  6. The Smile
    • Offshoot of Radiohead, includes Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood
    • Record Label: XL Recordings
    • Album: “Wall of Eyes”
  7. R.A.P Ferreira 
    • Hip hop artist, known for integrating jazz into production
    • Record Label: N/A
    • Album: the First Fist to Make Contact When We Dap
  8. Sarah Jarosz
    • Description: Mandolin player, rising in the bluegrass and Americana scene
    • Record Label: Rounder Records
    • Album: “Polaroid Lovers”
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