SPEED ROUND: 10 Albums You Should Spin Right Now
  • FRIDAY, MAY 05, 2017

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek

Why does every artist have to drop their album on the same day? For us listeners, it's a challenge to catch up with every new release, especially when it's several different releases from all really exciting artists. So to cut through the noise and make sure you have all of your ducks in a row, we're briefly rounding up the most important albums to listen to this week.

1. At The Drive In - in-ter a-li-a



At The Drive In is BACK! But, all you ATDI fans out there will know that they've changed... a lot. Fans have been patiently waiting for their fourth studio album, in-ter a-li-a, for quite some time (17 years to be exact) and there's no doubt that they delivered a very promising album. They may not be 20-something-year-old punk rock kids anymore - but they still got it!

2. Black Lips - Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art?



Atlantic garage rockers, Black Lips, brought us their eighth album today and it was produced by Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It's 18 tracks and it has everything from jazz elements to R&B hints and of course, they strike garage rock gold throughout. Yoko Ono can be heard howling and yelling on "Occidental Front," which is full of thunderous riffs and a head-bang-inducing chorus.



3. Sigrid - Don't Kill My Vibe



20-year-old Norweigan pop singer, Sigrid, just dropped her debut EP, Don't Kill My Vibe and we can't get enough of her voice. It is so smooth but there are times when she lets it all out and it creates this raspiness that adds so much texture to her sound. Sigrid was inspired by Joni Mitchell, Chet Faker, and Neil Young and on tracks like "Dynamite," we hear hints of Adele in her voice. Sigrid is absolutely an artist that needs to be in your life.

4. Blondie - Pollinator



Blondie released their 11th album today, Pollinator, and it proves that they haven't lost their touch over the years. All eleven tracks on Pollinator are the most Blondie-ish songs we've heard since the 90s. Joan Jett appears on the opening track and Charli XCX wrote two of the songs and Blood Orange's Dev Hynes also contributed to the album. And for the small percentage of you out there who aren't familiar with Blondie's music, check out our article that will catch you up on the highlights of the past 40 years of Blondie.

5. Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1



Chris Stapleton is a country legend-in-the-making and his follow-up to his debut record, Traveller has been released. Even the people who aren't country fans will find something about Stapleton's sound that you love. He's has a throwback, classic country sound that's so full of soul, like you hear on the track "Tennessee Whiskey," which is one of the favorites of the album. We dare you to listen to that song and not sing along by the end.

6. Hoops - Routine



Hoops is a trio from Indiana that have released an impressive amount of EPs but today, they've finally released their debut album, Routines. It's 11 tracks of sunny, psychedelic pop songs and we guarantee you will fall in love with their sound and Drew Auscherman's voice. Also check out the brand new interview we just released with the band today here.

7. - This Old Dog



It feels like we've been waiting for Mac DeMarco to drop this album for ages but the wait is finally over. The album has a clean, relaxed weekend playlist vibe and Mac DeMarco decided to stick a classic, folk sound and strip away the jangly, psychedelic rock. This Old Dog will definitely be on repeat all weekend.

8. Logic - Everybody



It's been a year and a half since Logic released his breakthrough album, The Incredible True Story, and the 27-year-old has dropped his most personal work yet. Logic explores his life as a biracial artist, his troubled background and his political views - criticizing Kanye and Trump on "America," which features Black Thought, Chuck D, Big Lenbo, and No I.D. The album also features juicy J, Killer Mike, Khalid, Alessia Cara, Lucy Rose & more.

9. Perfume Genius - No Shape



Right off the bat, with the opening track "Otherside," Perfume Genius (real name Mike Hadreas) sucks you in with the delicate piano notes and then the song explodes into synths and chimes. No Shape is a raw and honest album about the world we live in, while also touching on personal topics like love and devotion. No Shape is an album that needs to be listened to from start to finish - it's worth it, we promise.

10. Pond - The Weather



Australian psych-rockers, Pond, was conceived by two members of Tame Impala so if you're a fan of the latter, you'll be really into Pond's new album. It's 10 songs of anthemic 70s rock-inspired songs and it's a lot more experimental than 2015's "Man It Feels Like Space Again." Pond has released some incredible songs in the past, but The Weather is definitely their greatest work yet.
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