This list was a doozy! Lots of the selections this time were inspired by recommendations from you (and please keep sending them in!!). We're barreling into summer and I'm looking forward to the challenge of dealing with the enigma of song of the summer.
.Paak really earwormed me on Snakehips's Money on Me a few lists ago and his early 2016 album "Malibu" delivers the same relaxed atmosphere. .Paak is so enveloped in the music that each feature almost surprises you at how up-front a volcalist normalliy is. It's even maybe hard to call the entire thing a rap album, but it's cool and sexy and laidback.
Musts: Am I Wrong (ft. ScHoolboy Q), Lite Weight (ft. The Free Nationals United Fellowship Choir), Heart Don't Stand a Chance
"Future Souls" reminds me of the west coast indie rock from The Rubies, but with a strong CHVRCHES electronic element. It just ~flows~ without trying to be An Eighties Album.
Musts: Bullet, Time, Interconnect
"3" has two different gears: drum-n-bass everything else. When it's DnB, you've got top-tier DnB (especially in the pop jam TNT). Everything else feels like it belongs on another album, but they're also big, fun electronic and hip-hop productions.
Musts: TNT (ft. Dave1 from Chromeo), Go 2, Higher
Kaskade has some newer releases, but "Fire & Ice" is a really great concept. You've got an album full of high-energy, club-ready tracks with a lot of huge collaborations and then a second "ICE" disc with self-remixes of the first disc. For this list, I've collated the standard and ICE versions next to each other so you can really pull out the different versions.
Musts: Lessons in Love (ft. Neon Trees), Waste Love (ft. Quadron), Ice (ft. Dan Black & Dada Life)
|FKA twigs||M3LL155X - EP|
|Beck||Wow - Single|
|Uh Huh Her||Future Souls|
|Tegan and Sara||Heartthrob (Deluxe Version)|
|Alex Metric||Ammunition, Pt. 4 - EP|
|Kaskade||Fire & Ice
[Collated standard and ICE versions]
|Alex Metric||It Starts|
|Melanie Martinez||Dollhouse - EP|
|Jank||Awkward Pop Songs|