Jumping on the bandwagon. Check these babies out.
Good, but just.
Downtempo for the dubstep generation.
What the fuck is microhouse. Can we just dance or something.
The most fun I've had with a noise album since OOIOO came out with their last
Kill For Love
Almost as long as Fiona Apple's album title. But plow through and you'll find
something remarkably cogent and personal.
MIRYO a.k.a JOHONEY
Miryo talks/raps/sings about earlobes, apparently. It sounds great.
Working with a familiar sonic palette, Mauro Remiddi creates unexpectedly good
songs that are almost as beautiful as he is.
Queen of the Wave
A bit too kitschy to really convince, but this album still blows minds.
Our Love Is Hurting Us
I'm still sad that "witch house" isn't really a thing anymore. Also sad that I can't put
the RITUALZ album from last year on this list. Oh, well. This is close enough.
Heavy stuff. See milquetoast white people mosh.
Unexpectedly lovely. One of the most important chiptune releases of recent years.
The boy band tradition is alive and well. Bless.
Man, what would it be like if Vampire Weekend wrote genuinely smart songs?
Sweep the dust off the floor (thump thump thump).
The sort of maximalist bleacher pop Gwen Stefani wishes she could make.
I Love You
Do yoga to this shit.
In various settings: ecstatic, relaxing, hypnotic.
Miracle of the Sun
GTB represent! Bitcrushed waves that sound impossibly organic.
To paraphrase CMG, treading water in the clearest, most beautiful lake in the
Forget "amniotic pop" as a blog genre. This is real, submerged, dub-inflected pop,
and it sounds gorgeous.
He's all grown up, and he's putting out some of the best pop records on the radio
The Idler Wheel...
It's as if she never left us.
Creepy-sultry. Intoxicating stuff.
Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts
Linklater is practically infallible to me, so this shit is a given. Damn good.
K-pop does the sax solo thing better than anybody here did.
A tuneful abstraction that's as touchingly human as it is rough-hewn.
Homebrewed beats any Brainfeeder freak would love.
|22||The 2 Bears|
Give the music all your lovin'.
MAX PAYNE 3
Whoever was in charge of this collaboration is underpaid.
|20||The Trap's Jaw|
An Awful Lot of Wires
GTB represent! Also, 16kbps MP3's produce extremely rewarding timbres.
The best pop chorus of 2012 ("Bubibu") and the most unabashedly happy pop you'll
hear all year.
Kevin Barnes shatters his psyche and the demented parade from Paprika comes
|17||Lana Del Rey|
Born To Die
She might be bougie, but damn if she isn't a creative genius.
Up All Night
Perfect pop, mercifully free of cynicism.
The Money Store
I want this shit in my areaaaaadfkgjfdsjkgdfdslkgasdf. Also, see white people mosh
A monstrous "sea of broquility".
|13||Tyme. x Tujiko|
Gorgeous, sighing, transparent pop.
"Boy In The Moon" is a song that exists in this world. That is all you need to know.
Cosmopolitan aesthetes can't fetishize this. It's too vital.
Enough good vibes to fill a whole summer.
Rad Times Xpress IV
Herrema goes hard.
Laurel Halo's second release on this list, a pitch-perfect melding of traditional
orchestral color with hummingbird beats. Gorgeous.
Goofy but brutal industrial techno, coming soon to a Gamestop near you. (I think.)
|4||Mouse on Mars|
Witty, glitchy, squelchy dance music. Also, Facebook's a cockblocker.
That bass is deep as fuck.
Pulseless electronic pop fighting to have a heart.
DIY art-pop that's refreshingly hard to pin down.