Reviews of Janelle Monáe, the Weeknd and Factory Floor Lead This Week's New Release Roundup

Reviews of Janelle Monáe, the Weeknd and Factory Floor Lead This Week's New Release Roundup
As always, we've taken it upon ourselves to sift through the inevitable abundance of weekly album releases. In keeping with our ever-present spirit of helpfulness, we've listed our reviews of some of the biggest albums of the week below in our weekly New Release Roundup. Check them out, then head over to our Recently Reviewed for even more newly published reviews.

Soul-funk songstress Janelle Monáe has followed up her 2010 breakthrough The ArchAndroid with the exceptional The Electric Lady. With guest appearances from the likes of Prince and Erykah Badu, the album features some of Monáe's strongest material to date, but is our 10/10 score warranted? Read on to see if you agree.

London-based electronic trio Factory Floor keep listeners engaged through long, indulgent tracks on their excellent self-titled debut, while California punks Terry Malts continue to churn out C86-infused power-pop tunes on their solid sophomore release, Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere.

In the realm of metal bands with suggestively unsettling names and album artwork, British vets Carcass take the cake with Surgical Steel, their triumphant return full-length and first release in 17 years. Elsewhere, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Simone Schmidt, now operating under the alias Fiver, has released Lost the Plot, a delicate and haunting debut.

Finally, the Weeknd has followed up 2012's excellent The Trilogy with his first official album, Kiss Land. The album marks a step forward for Tesfaye, but does it yield the rich rewards that his mixtapes did? Read our review to find out.

Have a listen to some of our favourite tracks from these albums and more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:

Groove
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic
Hip-Hop
Metal