Best Albums: Hasidic doom jazz, rap’s “bad character,” and Big Sur beauty

This week’s best albums:

– The slow, crackling burn of “Hasidic doom jazz” returns with Pillar Without Mercy, a full-length from Deveykus that shows Dan Blacksberg coaxing the dark side out of his trombone.

– Prolific hip-hop producer Madlib delivers rare cuts from his own squeaky, helium-pitched, blunt-smoking alter-ego, Quasimoto.

– Releasing his 20th (!) album since 2000, peerless guitarist/composer Bill Frisell issues another blend of folksy alt-country, this time inspired by the natural beauty of the California coastline.

Honorable mentions

Austra: Olympia (Domino)

Marco Beltrami: World War Z soundtrack (Warner Bros.)

High on Fire: Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 & 2 (E1)

Mac Miller: Watching Movies with the Sound Off (Rostrum)

Minsk: With Echoes in the Movement of Stone (Exalt)

Sigur Rós: Kveikur (XL)