Freeloader Friday: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Allo Darlin’, Afrikan Boy, Amp Live, Raul Midón, Laurel, Big Freedia, Code Orange & Inspiral Carpets
It is a fine Summer Friday here at The Orchard’s office in New York. We’ve got our groove on thanks to Diana’s speakers, our bellies are nice and full after eating Sarah’s homemade cheddar-jalapeño scones, and our weekends are so close to beginning! But, before we all head out and about, here’s the latest and greatest in music from the week.
What’dya know, it’s almost that time — time for Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas to release their long-awaited album! And along with that very special date (happening next week), they’ve got their whole record available for streaming. It’s wild, it’s jazzy, it’s alluring and bewitching. This lady’s got some kind of wonderful in those smoky vocals, and her band adds just as much fervor with their lush rhythm.
For this week’s track premieres, there’s Allo Darlin’s Indie Pop starlet of a track: the usual cute happiness replaced by a boppy melancholia (still equally as charming); Afrikan Boy’s Nigerian Afrobeat, referencing shoplifting and getting past immigration officers; Minnesota’s initially chilled-out soundscape remix of Amp Live’s track that turns into a rager; and the collaborative outcome from legendary Bill Withers and Raul Midón, a smooth, Spanish-guitar groove.
And then, of course, there’re the music videos. Laurel takes her viewers on a woeful stroll under a night sky, Big Freedia goes into a dance and glow stick frenzy with her audience, Code Orange gets cultish and Inspiral Carpets rock and roll in the middle of a monastery.
That about wraps it up here. Make sure you check out all these fabulous music goodies from the week, and enjoy your next two fundays!
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: Full album stream via WSJ
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records
Allo Darlin’: “Romance and Adventure” track premiere via Pitchfork
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records
Afrikan Boy: “Lidl” track premiere via NoiseTrade
The ABCD out August 18 on YAM Records
Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (Minnesota Remix)” track premiere via Earmilk
Headphone Concerto out now on Plug Research
Raul Midon: “Mi Amigo Cubano” track premiere via USA Today
Don’t Hesitate out September 30th on Mack Avenue
Laurel: “Shells” music video premiere via Vevo
To the Hills EP out now on Next Time Records
Big Freedia: “Mo Azz” music video premiere via YouTube
Just Be Free out now on Queen Diva Music
Code Orange: “Dreams in Inertia” music video premiere via Fangoria
I Am King out September 2 on Deathwish
Inspiral Carpets: “Spitfire” music video premiere via The Guardian
The Inspiral Carpets out September 29 on Cherry Red Records