We’ve finally made it to June and it’s hotter than the Caribbean outside our office – almost. The slew of music offered by the music industry see no signs of slowing down so we’ve compiled 10 of the best albums out this month. With artists like Boards of Canada and Kanye West taking a less-typical approach to marketing their albums, it’s made for a tense and exciting month of anticipated releases.
Kanye West – Yeezus
It’s fair to say the sixth solo studio album from the man they call Yeezy acquired a lot of attention in the run up to, during and after its release. His sharp rapping maintains a social critique like much of his past work and although at some points it contradicts his own lifestyle, it’s valid nonetheless. On top of some ear-bending beats created from his army of producers, it’s a new turn in Kanye’s style and a new turn for music in general.
Order the album here.
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada’s fourth studio album was preceded by a cryptic advertising campaign which revealed information about the release through the distribution of six strings of six-digit numbers in various news sources. What followed was possibly their moodiest record yet, strongly influenced by movie soundtracks. It’s electronic music at its most epic, and this album proves Boards of Canada are the reigning champions.
Buy it here.
Sigur Ros – Kveikur
The Icelandic ambient post-rock band have a distinctly ethereal sound, and in their seventh studio album their music takes a new direction, both musically and thematically, as it’s much heavier than their previous works. Suffice it to say, it is successful.
Order the album here.
Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
After a six-year break full of movement and drama, Queens of the Stone Age are thankfully back with their sixth studio album. Entirely self-produced, …Like Clockwork feels distinctly introspective, while maintaining all of the hallmarks the desert rockers are revered for.
You can buy it here.
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
A compilation of songs released on rare and out-of-print vinyl makes up the third album from the side project of rapper and producer Madlib. Despite not being a complete set of fresh material, it offers an interesting cross-section of his body of work, containing 12 songs recovered over as many years, with Quasimoto’s helium voice splicing through the focused, jazzbo beats.
Buy it from Stones Throw.
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
It seems like the past three albums of Hopkins were all building up to this one, which is warm, alive and, although cliched, takes you on a journey. Pulsing beats create the rhythm of a night out, while analog instrument samples have a real emotion that give you that giddy euphoria that only a truly great electronic record can.
Purchase the album here.
Quadron – Avalanche
Danish duo Quadron is made up of singer Coco O and musician/producer Robin Hannibal. Defining their music as “electronic soul,” they are a musician’s band, with tight production and Coco’s clever, complementary lyrics. Avalanche is their second album, and it’s fun, catchy, soulful pop, perfect for the summer.
Buy the album here.
Statik Selektah – Extended Play
The latest solo release by East Coast-based DJ and producer Statik Selektah, Extended Play is a platform for a whole load of strong partnerships with various artists including Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies and Talib Kweli. It’s big-room hip-hop production that may not bend genres but definitely sums up hip-hop in 2013.
Get yourself a copy here.
Deafheaven – Sunbather
San Francisco-based post-rockers release the follow-up to 2011’s Roads to Judah. At just under an hour long, heavy, distorted cramming is underlined by moments of pure, subtle beauty. With complex song structures and a penchant for dynamics it’s easy to go awry, but Deafheaven manage to pull it off and take what so many have tried to do and perfect it.
Buy your copy here.
These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
These New Puritans consists of twins Jack and George Barnett and Thomas Hein. The London-based band’s third album Field of Reeds features appearances from string and woodwind players, a children’s choir, and jazz singer Elisa Rodrigues. Each of their three albums have been markedly different but the results are similarly epic, yet intimate. With careful composition the sparseness of the album is as emotive as its use of glowing instruments.
Order a copy now from their website.