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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.

New Albums

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.

Singles

Maybe you’ve seen the music video? 9-year-old is Willow Smith is bursting with energy. She channels it beautifully by creating an electric song-a-long single, Whip my Hair.

Lykke Li’s piece of her upcoming sophomore album, Get Some, is a slice of drum-heavy dance party.

Bad grammar aside, Ke$ha celebrates what makes her one of a kind with a casual club anthem, We R Who We R, that isn’t trying too hard.

This Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner collaboration, Animal Rights, has a playful melody that appeals to even the most casual Daft Punk fan and electronic-expert alike.

Another taste of Kanye’s West’s upcoming album is Monster, a longer formatted track featuring the somewhat improbable combination of Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Jay-Z.

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.

Glam rock pioneer T. Rex (a.k.a. Mark Bolan) is given more time in the spotlight since his earthly time was cut short. Start at the beginning with his first album from 1972, The Slider.

Do you remember Neil Finn from last week? He and his brother went on to form Crowded House—a band so successful that they need The Very Very Best of Crowded House.

More than just Come on Eileen, Dexy’s Midnight Runner have an entire catalog worth getting to know. Start with this remastered Searching for the Young Soul Rebels.

Unsure who Bandfinger is? You’ll absolutely recognize the music. Just press play to hear their classic 1970’s fare found in Magic Christian Music.