There’s excitement this week in the land of brand new Albums—new Taylor Swift, Bryan Ferry and more. And not to be forgotten are new Singles from Lykke Li, Ke$ha, Kanye West and young Hollywood legacy Willow Smith. Rounding out this collection of great music are newly remastered classics put into Best-Of compilations. Keep reading (and listening, with the help of our new embedded music players) for our favorite New Releases.
Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast had an extra friend that tagged along. Useless Creatures are a set of instrumental and rather ambient songs. Sidle up with these lush and pleasing orchestrations and enjoy the wordless music.
Don’t be surprised that Taylor Swift is old enough for her third album. Speak Now contains what she’s best known for—songs written from her heart and sung with the bravado of a seasoned pop country artist.
If you set out to make electronic-infused indie pop without guitars, the result might be a little something like Small Black’s debut album Slow Chain. This was their goal, and they hit the sweet spot of upbeat and synth-y without any robotic soulessness.
As the premier peddler of slick, sexy cool, Bryan Ferry is good at what he does. So good that he could tap Kate Moss for his album cover and snag collaborations with David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, as well his Roxy Music cohorts (like Brian Eno) on his new album Olympia.
Maddslinky, English dubstep and grime electronic musician, crafted the solid album Make a Change while appropriately featuring respected musicians like Omar, radio DJ Gilles Peterson, Mr. Scruff and Skream. Dubstep and grime don’t mean anything to you? This album is a good introduction into the world of ear-pleasing electronica.
Armed with a healthy supply of stock Casio keyboard beats, Chico Mann creates spacey songs and relaxed vocals that are anything but stale. Created by Antibalas guitarist Marquitos Garcia, Chico Mann’s Analog Drift is aptly named.
Classic Albums Remastered + Best Of
Have you given Bublé a chance? If you somehow missed his last album, which won a whirlwind of awards, Michael Bublé might be Canada’s most recent super-successful pop star. A little bit lounge singer with boy band romanticism, you just may love the re-issued Crazy Love Hollywood Edition.