Listen: Sonic Youth unearths treasures from the vault, and ‘Bruno’ continues its document-smashing reign

Kim Gordon (still left) and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth accomplish in New York in 2010, the yr in advance of the band broke up. Photo: Roger Kisby / Getty Images

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Rosalía, “Motomami” (Columbia Records)

Just take be aware: Reggaeton is beyond enormous appropriate now. Latino urbano acts like Undesirable Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Daddy Yankee provide a head-boggling range of data, and their new music is on rotation all throughout the world. So it will make sense that Rosalía, the Catalan flamenco pop singer whose album “El Mal Querer” gained the 2020 Grammy Award for most effective Latin rock, city or alternative album, is branching out across all Latin audio types on the very anticipated “Motomami.” Her vocal assault on “Saoko,” with its reggaeton drums and pulsing, rhythmic bass, is a nod to Wisin and Daddy Yankee’s 2004 breakthrough observe, “Saoco.” “La Fama” feels right out of a Miami cabaret and even attributes the Weeknd singing in Spanish. In the meantime, “Chicken Teriyaki” has Rosalía wielding vocal intonations more than a sizzling Latin entice smacked upside the head. out?v=6o7bCAZSxsg

Sonic Youth, “In/Out/In” (3 Lobed Recordings)

The pioneering indie rock band disbanded in 2011, but Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and enterprise have remained prolific with their individual musical endeavors in the 10 years considering that. And while live recordings have come to be a staple on the band’s Bandcamp web site, “In/Out/In” is anything distinct: a wholly exceptional selection of generally shelved materials that the band place down in their closing 10 years with each other.

Most of the 5 tracks on this new launch experience like the magic which is only caught when the tape keeps rolling and band associates riff freely off just about every other. “In & Out” sees Gordon and drummer Steve Shelley jamming out in 2010 although they hold out onstage at a Southern California venue for their bandmates to show up for a preshow line check. Gordon buzzes mystically on the microphone above a bass line and Shelley’s galloping drums and cymbal techniques. “Basement Contender” is a virtually 10-minute excursion of a 2008 recording, featuring some of the most alluring late guitar do the job from Moore and Lee Ranaldo. These rarities are a window into how significantly the band had still left in the tank all the way till the stop.


Tune OF THE Instant

“Encanto” movement picture soundtrack, “We Really do not Chat About Bruno” (Walt Disney Records)

Ok, I get it now. “We Really do not Converse About Bruno” is a accredited banger. If you have young ones, likelihood are they’ve performed this one particular out for you presently, but the buzz is serious. The strike track from the “Encanto” soundtrack invested five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart beginning in late January, leaving Adele’s “Easy On Me” in the dust in the course of action. (No earlier Disney movie observe can declare a reign more time than three months as the nation’s best song.)

But “We Really do not Communicate About Bruno” has so lots of intriguing elements that make it a lot more than a kid’s bop. It is loaded with Latin taste, pulling from both equally Colombian cha-cha and Caribbean boogaloo. Published by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it feels indebted to Pete Rodriguez’s typical “I Like It Like That,” which was thrust back into mainstream consciousness by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It” in 2018. Still the digital drums and groovy bass give it a distinctly present-day flair. The lyrics arrive with a built-in story from the wildly well-liked movie, and the song’s diverse vocalists carry it all to lifetime.

Domestically MINDED

Xyla, “On & On” (Leaving Information)

In 2020, Xyla place out one of our top Bay Location albums of the yr in “Ways,” recorded in her Sunset District house studio. A French horn player turned digital new music producer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Songs, she stood out with ambient, R&B-inflected productions that included footwork rhythms and atmospheric drum and bass. Her star has only risen considering the fact that, gaining recognition in both equally American and European digital music circles. Now, with “On & On,” she has set down perhaps her finest dance floor tune but. Cascading consequences nestle alongside a beautiful defeat as her celestial voice peppers in and out. Her first release of 2022, this observe builds anticipation for what’s subsequent from Xyla on the consistently eclectic Leaving Documents label.