On June 21, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke will release his debut solo album. It’s called The Boxer, and it’s dancey! It’s also probably the best music he’s released since his nervy post-punk band broke through with Silent Alarm all the way back in 2005. As an artist who seems influenced by everything from U2 to Hot Chip to, uh, Bobby Brown (his first single is called “Tenderoni”), Okereke is a man whose ears we trust. Here’s what he’s listening to and loving.
1. Kelis – Flesh Tone
Kelis has reinvented herself again with the cool new sound. Even though she’s been working with producer of the moment David Guetta, she manages to inject a real sense of originality and passion into this electronic album to make something truly human.
2. Menomena – Mines
I love these guys. This record is some what of a departure from their cut-and-paste style; now the songs feel more cohesive and expansive because of it.
3. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
A dense, sprawling, fuzzy, soft-centered multi-layered rock album. My favourite Canadian multi-membered band: FACT.
4. Owen Pallett – Heartland
Orchestral chamber pop. I recognized a lot of these songs from when we toured together in 2007. This guy is a genius.?
5. Cocorosie – Grey Oceans
A dark, haunting new record from the Cassidy sisters. Spellbinding and frail.