Published May 14, 2013It's the time of year when artists pump out the hits hoping to become part of the soundtrack to your summer. But of this week's most recent releases, who will win a spot on your playlist-in-the-making? Check out our reviewers' recommendations on which LPs make waves, and which merely tread water. Then, head on over to our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews of all of this week's newest releases.
First up is Random Access Memories, the long-awaited follow-up to Daft Punk's 2005 LP Human After All. The album, which arrives May 21, received a perfect 10 by perfecting the balance between the robots and their collaborators and providing grand, thrilling climaxes and disco grooves.
Next, read to see whether Vampire Weekend defy the reductive "preppy" tag with their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, and how Four Tet's folk-sampling, crate-digging Rounds holds up after the last decade.
Minimalist musician Bibio offers fans a more stripped-down and rawer sound compared to his previous releases with his newest album Silver Wilkinson, while math-core metal titans Dillinger Escape Plan return with their fifth full-length, One of Us is the Killer, "an explosive and unpredictable record that often fractures and falls apart, suddenly spraying shrapnel."
Last but not least, UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula shines bright on her dreamy debut, Sing to the Moon, immediately drawing comparisons to fellow soul songstresses Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. But is this modern day Nina Simone all she's cracked up to be? You'll have to read on to find out.
Read full reviews of these new releases and many more by checking out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section. Don't forget to stop by our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates on even more upcoming albums.
Finally, hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many others in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Soul, Funk & World