Ruby’s Prime Slices (6/28): Now, Now; Self Defense Family; and Jupiter & Okwess

Now, Now – Saved (Pop)

As somebody who has dearly missed the sickeningly sweet rock tinged pop of the mid 2000s (think Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson), Now, Now‘s new album makes me feel Saved. This album is seriously infectious and fun- a pure and emotional pop record both for 2005 and 2018.

Self Defense Family – Have You Considered Punk Music (post punk, indie rock)

This release fits into the mold of wryly introspective post punk without much trouble. Self Defense Family embraces and proves that this archetype can remain fresh with thoughtful songwriting and structure.

Jupiter & Okwess – Kin Sonic (Afrobeat, Dance)

The latest album from Congolese superstar Jupiter Bokodinji and his band, Okwess, is modern Afrobeat at its very finest. The grooves on this album sit like you wouldn’t believe.