The Alchemist: Israeli Salad

The Alchemist (who has produced for acts including Nas, Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg) released his Israeli Salad instrumental LP this week, and it’s quite a doozy. Inspired by a 2011 trip to Israel, and using just samples from the Middle East, the DJ/producer and sometimes rapper has crafted a mix that’s laid-back yet incredibly layered. With just a tinge of sleaze, Israeli Salad makes …

Neon Indian: Annie

The very talented Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) has just released what is set to be one of this summer’s regular jams: “Annie.” It’s a welcome return from Neon Indian, whose last album was released back in 2011. The track is a bubbly synth-pop bonanza, with traces of reggae and an ’80s tinge that sets up an upbeat, energetic mood for sunlit adventures.

Songs That Make Us Cry

After asking listeners to send in songs that make them cry, NPR trawled through 7,000+ tracks and found that though some of the results were expected, others weren’t. While “Adagio for Strings” sounds like it was composed to make people misty eyed, “Highway to Hell” perhaps doesn’t. However, the team at NPR found that oftentimes, the reasons songs made listeners weepy isn’t about composition and …