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Willy Moon
Here’s Willy Moon 
Cherrytree/Interscope Records
Street: 05.21
Willy Moon = Justin Timberlake + Sam Cooke + Ray Charles
Here’s Willy Moon sounds like a dark night on a hot city street. It’s hard to define because it’s bustling like a hundred cars, yet has a consistent and unique sound. Moon draws influence from ‘50s and ‘60s rock n’ roll and soul, which he then bitch-slaps with immaculate productions, rich textures, and a smattering of samples. At times you’re listening to hip hop (“Yeah Yeah”) and the next thing you know you’re lost in a scorching factory of jazz horns and gruff industrial vocals (“Working for the Company”). Before you can shout along with the powerful chorus of “What I Want,” you’re caught in a modernized cover of Little Willie John’s “I’m Shakin’.” Overall, the album sounds fantastic, and has a colorful pastiche of interwoven electronics, guitars and sharp beats that will leave you sweaty—and maybe a little horny. Dance safe, you naughty rascals. –CJ Morgan