Welcome to The 405 Listening Club. Every Friday we'll select two albums for you to listen to; one from the new releases, one that we love, and the following week we will publish your thoughts on them. Just drop us an email or tweet us @the405 if you want to be featured and we’ll include the best takes next week.


Something Old // Beauty and the Beat by Edan

There is nothing that sounds quite like Beauty and the Beat. It’s 13 years after it was originally released, which provides the hindsight, to safely say that Edan’s second album was the sound of backpacker hip hop peaking. You could go further, and say that as a study of the craft, it’s one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It’s certainly one of the most underrated, as critical acclaim from the time translated into cult classic and not mainstream success.

So maybe it’s time to reevaluate where it sits in the history books, it'd be nice to live in a world where Edan gets the credit he deserves for his masterpiece. I’ve read people call it psychedelic hip hop, which feels slightly dismissive, but also doesn’t quite cover the scope of it. Although it's samples are taken from that era, and it's great to get high with, it's more focussed and emotive than spaced out. Every aspect of the sound is warm and vibrant, listening for the first time is like walking out of a cold building into the hot sun, the attention to detail is so astounding it feels fucking alive. Then it hits you, the lyrics weaving through these songs pay homage to hip hop culture with utmost humility, and you can’t help but root for it to get an appraisal more befitting. Tell your friends to tell their friends.

Something New // There's a Riot Going On by Yo La Tengo

Yo la Tengo have been many things over the years, but they’ve never been forgettable, even when they are trying to ease into the background. There’s A Riot Going On exists to provoke your own thoughts, to heighten your experience, to provide some respite or allow space for reflection amidst the constant barrage of world going on around you regardless. There are no sharp edges here, it’s a safe haven provided by a band smart enough to know that dreaming is invaluable during these dark days. My advice to you dear reader would be to put your headphones on and let it take you where it takes you. It might be the best decision you've made in a while.

Your views // Swoll by Swoll

"Swoll? More like Swell!" - Danny Wadeson

Minimalistic bombast, or bombastic minimalism. Either way, there's a lot to admire here. It reminded me of How To Dress Well, only with Tom Krell's experimental beginnings pairing with his more straightforward (and, I would argue, less successful) recent work. Tracks get busy but not overloaded. Some of the best cuts are ones that start off well and then find an unprecedented second wind. Sequencing feels a bit disjointed but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable listen" - Brody Kenny


Drop us an email or tweet us @the405 if you want your thoughts on any of these albums to be featured - we’ll include the best takes next week.