Album Reviews

Mind Spiders’ “Prosthesis” is short, dark and sweet

For Worth, Texas' Mark Ryan formed Mind Spiders after his punk-rock band the Marked Men went on hiatus in 2009. On Mind Spiders’ early recordings, Ryan played the majority of instruments, but the band’s lineup has since been a revolving door of sorts, with Ryan being the sole songwriter and constant member.

Future evolves further on lean-drenched “Evol”

Here’s the thing about Future: you either see the growth in his rhymes, albums, beat selection and concepts, or you don’t. On “Purple Reign” we heard his continued struggles with the love and allure of dirty money and fast women over beats from frequent collaborators Metro Boomin, Zaytoven and others.

Trip-hop pioneer Tricky finds power in numbers on “Skilled Mechanics”

Collaboration is in Tricky’s blood. The trip-hop pioneer from Bristol, England, got his start with Massive Attack before launching his solo career in 1995 with his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed debut album, “Maxinquaye.” He became known for creating complex electronic soundscapes while contrasting his own scratchy raps with the sultry vocals of Martina Topley-Bird.

The Jarvik 6 takes its time with moody, modest debut EP

If the music on The Jarvik 6's debut EP feels a little out of time, it's because it is. Matthew Byars, of the experimental Washington, D.C. indie band The Caribbean, began the project a decade ago on his laptop and has worked on it only occasionally since then, finally releasing a four-song EP this month on his own West Main Development label as a limited-edition, 50-copy CDR.