Antenna
Antenna Sampler
Fall is in the air, school's back in session, and Google Play's Antenna returns with another batch of artists you need to hear.

There's prolific SF garage pop band The Fresh & Onlys' "Presence of Mind," a song that blows in like a chill breeze, with its soft-chiming xylophone melody, acoustic strum and singer Tim Cohen's forlorn vocals. Leeds, UK band The Chevin similarly lead with acoustic guitar on "Blue Eyes," off their album Borderland, but the song takes off quickly from there, thanks to a propulsive rhythm section and singer Coyle Girelli's earnest vocals.

Then there's young pop belter Jillette Johnson's "Torpedo," an ambitious composition echoing with acoustic space, thundering drums and pulsing piano chords, all of which recall Florence & the Machine's rousing style—as does Johnson's impressive variety of vocal registers, from breathy whisper to soulful twang to distant choruses. Pop country crooner JT Hodges' twang is only slightly more pronounced on "Leaving Me Later," a sad sack come-on ("she's leaving me later, but she's loving me now") with just a touch of steel guitar beneath its smooth, regionless sheen.

Prolific masked MC MF Doom's gravel-chewing raps and producer Jneiro Jarel's digitally grainy and wafting loops on JJ Doom's "Guv'nor" might evoke, say, Wu-Tang Clan's Staten Island, but its central slang and overall mood also summon perpetually drizzly London, where Doom recorded his vocals.

If the fall mood's not your thing just yet, consider Ondatrópica's "Gaita Trópica"—a partnership between Colombian musician, Frente Cumbiero bandleader Mario Galeano and UK producer Quantic (Will Holland), the project updates traditional Colombian sounds.

Or there's omnivorous San Diego beatmaker The Gaslamp Killer's "Flange Face (Feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)"; with its steam-blowing beat, sinister canned handclaps and swarm of synths and effects. "Skeleton Key," by Burner-friendly electronica trio Beats Antique, is equally un-chilly, with its hard-drive stuttering bassline, dubstep stomp and exotic string/synth melodies.

Finally, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics' "My Dear" is a slow soul strut, Canadian-Atlantan transplant Velle's vocals appealingly brassy, with the horn section woozy and the rhythm stepping in time behind her.

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Songs Album
Artist
1
Leaving Me Later JT Hodges
3:33
JT Hodges
2
Guv'nor Key To The Kuffs
3:03
JJ DOOM
3
Presence of Mind Long Slow Dance
3:15
The Fresh & Onlys
4
Gaita Trópica Ondatrópica
2:36
Ondatrópica
5
Blue Eyes Borderland
3:17
The Chevin
6
Skeleton Key Contraption Vol II
5:21
Beats Antique
7
Flange Face Breakthrough
3:49
The Gaslamp Killer
8
My Dear It's About Time
3:38
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics