Jon Kwest, Volcano Choir, Wes Felton: Critic’s Notebook

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Wes Felton's new album, "Imagine the Future," is another strong effort from the local singer.

Wes Felton’s new album, “Imagine the Future,” is another strong effort from the local singer.

Wes Felton

Younger eardrums might hear a whiff of Frank Ocean in “Imagine The Future,” the nimble new album from this Washington native, but area fans know Felton has been crafting thoughtful R&B since Ocean was collecting Pokemon cards. The poet-singer-rapper-actor’s resume runs deep with collaborations with Meshell Ndegeocello, Raheem DeVaughn and Prince Paul. Here, Felton kicks his best foot forward in a duet with Georgia singer Gwen Bunn called “More Than Enough,” a rumination on the land mines of miscommunication that decorate love’s battlefield.

Jon Kwest

And here we have the sound of go-go going insane. This Washington-based DJ-producer speaks in various tongues — house, trap, moombahton, Baltimore club — but Kwest’s new “Digi Go-Go Vol. 1” EP proposes a new dialect that grafts the classic clatter of D.C. go-go to squealing synthesizers and samples of wailing cop cars. It’s music that should make you sweat, either from dancing or panic.

Volcano Choir

Considering that most Bon Iver songs sound like perfume evaporating into alien weather, the half-awake rock tunes Justin Vernon has recently penned with Volcano Choir — the Bon Iver singer’s auxiliary sextet of hirsute Wisconsinites — are sturdier and more obedient to gravity. On the Choir’s new album, “Repave,” Vernon sings in a lower register, making these songs feel less hallucinogenic than Bon Iver’s, but no less handsome.

Volcano Choir performs at the 9:30 Club on Thursday. Wes Felton performs at Art Under Pressure, 4807 Georgia Ave. NW, on Friday.

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