2016 has brought with it a plethora of new albums. Which ones are best? We can’t say for sure, but we sifted through hand picked the albums that caught our ear. Cruise through our list of standouts this week, from techno and dubstep to electro-pop and funk.
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
FOR THOSE WHO: are nostalgic for that synthy electro-pop magic, circa 2007. Don’t miss the closing track – a collab with Fleetwood Mac guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham.
Excision – Virus
FOR THOSE WHO: can get down with some good headbanging. The lord of US dubstep brings us deep collabs with Monstercat’s up and comer Dion Timmer, the legendary Protohype, a melodic vocal-heavy track with Madi, and more.
Michael Mayer – &
FOR THOSE WHO: crave an adventure. The Kompakt co-owner teamed up with a heavy-hitting list of artists, including Roman Flügel, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane, Prins Thomas, and more to carve out an auditory journey in- and outside of the techno space. “Germination” with Kölsch has got us in a trance.
CRX – New Skin
FOR THOSE WHO: can’t get enough of The Strokes. Inspired by ’70s and ’80s powerpop and metal, CRX is The Strokes’ Nick Valensi’s new band. Bonus: New Skin, their debut album, was produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
Topaz Jones – Arcade
FOR THOSE WHO: get the funk down and dig groovy, hip-hop beats. Funk guitarist Topaz Jones marries retro and future sounds in Arcade. We’re especially feeling “Howlin’ at the Moon” and “Powerball.”
Guti – Swings EP
FOR THOSE WHO: find themselves in the middle of a dark dancefloor, deep into the night. Guti delivers tech house with hints of his Latin roots that make you want to move. You can seriously get lost in the title track.