Khruangbin

It's the week of February 11, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes the newest project from The Lone Bellow, a collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, the latest from Cold War Kids, and so much more.

This month's installment of Heavy Rotation is full of some of January's most exciting releases and collaborations, hand-picked by NPR Public Radio Member Stations. Revive your playlists with this new mix of everything from effervescent, sticky-sweet pop to homegrown blends of soul and psych-funk.

I'm all alone in the studio.

I had so many new songs to share; I didn't want to split the show with a co-host.

Art is identity, scream these best albums of 2018. Even when it's pure invention. The most striking things we heard this year mined personal experiences that could feel intimate as whispers or bold and overstuffed as superhero science fiction. Even in an era where listeners have been primed for the unexpected, genuine surprises arrived steadily across the last 12 months – a cascade of introductions, breakthroughs, revelations and rebirths to reward whatever precious attention you could give.