SUMMER ALBUM PLAYLIST
BY MICHEL GAUBERT
KELE: THE BOXER
After eight years as the lead singer of British indie rock band Bloc Party, Kele is packing a hard punch on dance floors where Eurodance is considered taboo. The album is a flawless collaboration with XXXChange and will win over the most reluctant of combat sports fans.
Sunny and psychedelic, far removed from the popular charts and beyond reproach, the Walls' eponymous album transports the listener to the pulsing heart of summer raves, or beneath a starry summer sky.
SLEIGH BELLS: TREATS
(MOM + POPS RECORDS)
The Brooklyn duo has released an album with adrenaline-charged sound and no artificial sweeteners. Capable of blowing away the front of the house (or the first rows of fashion shows!), this “wall of sound” is twice as good live.
THE ROLLING STONES: EXILE ON MAINSTREET REISSUE (BOX SET)
(ROLLING STONES RECORDS)
If only for So Divine (Aladdin Story) and the DVD that tells the story of how the album took shape at the Villa Nellcôte. Its decadent look and sound make you wish you could have been there with Mick, Keith, Anita and the rest of the crew.
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: THIS IS HAPPENING
James Murphy’s unparalleled talent as a songwriter and producer is confirmed with this album. Dance Yourself Clean features acerbic musings that are full of meaning and characteristic of Murphy's dry humor. To be played over and over on your iPod.
THE BLACK KEYS: BROTHERS
A modern take on 1970s rock ‘n’ roll with an album cover inspired by the Stax Records label, the Black Keys’ new album transports us to their home state of Ohio.
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: FURTHER
Their chemical formula is unique: it’s noisy and effective and, with its horse neighing infused with throbbing beats, Horsepower is no exception. Nor is Escape to Velocity, which builds up to gigantic heights of euphoria. For an even more super-charged experience, each song features its own music video.
VARIOUS: DISCO DEVIANCE
Get your dancing shoes ready and dance like no one is watching to disco samples in sublime simplicity. For those who like to lose themselves to the beat, in platforms or stilettos, Psycho Killer is perfect for a stylish night of disco fever.
BEST OF BANGERS R MASHED VOL 2
With music by Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson and the Beatles, the London Sound System serves up blends of pure dub reggae joy for one amazing mash-up whose sound is unpretentious yet delightfully full-throttle.
JANELLE MONAE: THE ARCHANDROID
(THE WONDALAND ARTS SOCIETY)
A new voice in the world of soul, Janelle Monáe has entered the music scene with plenty of personality and ambition, reflected in songs such as Tightrope featuring Outkast’s Big Boi.
With a look reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire’s signature style, she breaks away from the mold set by fellow American soul sisters, who rely on their stylists for success.
BECK RECORD CLUB
Beck’s Record Club gathers different musicians with the goal of recording an album in a day. Keep up to date by watching and listening every week on your iPad. Currently featuring music by Inxs, Velvet Underground, St. Vincent, Feist and Devendra.
MOUNT KIMBIE: CROOKS AND LOVERS
The nineties are back and what better ambassador for the decade than Mount Kimbie? With their much anticipated debut album, Crooks & Lovers, the band invites us into the world of post-dubstep and electronic fusion soundscaping. The sound is reminiscent of Bristol-born Tricky, Massive Attack and Brixton dub, the XX love it. An abstract soundtrack for summer 2010.
DIRTY PROJECTORS AND BJÖRK: MOUNT WITTENBERG ORCA
These two artists have come together for an unlikely vocal collaboration at the “summit” of Mount Wittenberg. Björk and Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors have created multi-part harmonies that interpret the voices of whales seen off of the California coast. Björk sings the part of the mom whale for a surprising, provocative sound.