Trust – Joyland
The grimy techno-pop of Robert Alfons' second album as Trust is impossible to keep away from. It begs to be played in a bashed-in nightclub with exotically-plumed, twirling girls and boys, where you'd never see your host until his nightly leap on stage to rile everyone up pre-dawn. Autotuned, urgent seduction.
MØ – No Mythologies To Follow
The best thing about Danish popstar MØ is the edge of abandon she merrily exudes, which is the beating heart at the core of her debut album. There's a bit of a mixed message on the production side at times, but the record lures out your latent teen with its sense of wonder.
Metronomy – Love Letters
Joe Mount's latest is not nearly as immediate as Metronomy's widely beloved last album The English Riviera, and Love Letters can be an awkward creature to entertain, but take it out a couple of times and the beauty buried in its analogue crags unveils itself like a sunrise simmering away under mist.
SBTRKT – Transitions
The masked producer is currently recording his second record, and put this instrumental EP online without warning. It's forged of prime cuts of his electronic wanderings, landing us in a bouncy, tech-edged wonderland that makes us mad excited to hunt down his final destination.
Sisyphus – Sisyphus
Recorded in just three weeks, this collaboration between rapper Serengeti, producer Son Lux, and dilletante songwriter Sufjan Stevens found the trio fuel a record that's as complex and curious as its makers. It’s not a listen that welcomes relaxation, but is fiercely engaging and cohesive sound drawn from a vast hip hop-hinged selection of inspirations.
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
A scalding closed with a wink. This fuzzed up, delectable post-punk album from the Syracuse group pounds out a brutal, tape bed under frontwoman Meredith Graves’ impassioned shouting and entreating. You couldn’t say anything but yes to this utter riot.
Lo-Fang – Blue Film
Los Angeles-based solo artist Matthew Hemerlein's debutis record smudged with the emotional residue of Southern gothic heartbreak. His erudite arrangements fuse shades of R&B, electronica and the classical and are duly enticing, his falsetto vocals winning.
Evian Christ – Waterfall
The bedroom beats of Evian Christ captivated the web, leading to a well-documented feature on Yeezus, and now he releases this awesome, thuddering behemoth of an EP as a prelude to his debut album. While it's abrasive, dense and a lot closer to the blacker noise his Tri Angle Records label mates put out, Waterfall simultaneously manages to be personable, too. You can read all about its making here.
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Mac DeMarco's third record brims with endearingly slouchy pop songs that calmly confirm him as a straight up song-writing wunderkind. DeMarco's definitely tightened his production game for this, and it's the perfect record for those hazy summer evenings we might begin to have quite soon.
Real Estate – Atlas
Too good not to recommend. The New Jersey band's third album tells of despair, but in such stunning guitar-pop surrounds that the sadness reveals itself at a delay, lingering and unfurling. Matt Mondanile's guitar lines are as exceptional as ever and Martin Courtney's vocals create melodies that hypnotise. Remarkable through and through.