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Benoît Pioulard: Hymnal

Benoît Pioulard frames his fourth record as a sort of meditation on faith vs. society, as though they are opposing forces, and how devotion provides succor in an uncertain and discomfiting world.

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Twin Cities: Brand New World

A supremely funky excursion into the future of pop-soul, the debut album by London-based duo Twin Cities strikes a wonderful middle ground between ambitious, up-front lyricism and bold, sugar-soaked production.

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Scuba: Personality

The Hotflush label head offers a record that is only minimally informed by the new-era dubstep his imprint helped usher in, instead dabbling in retro styles such as old school electro, acid house, and late-80s British ambient.

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Monolake: Ghosts

More listenable and slightly less scary than 2009's Silence, Robert Henke again utilizes field recordings to lend an organic tilt to this decidedly chilly record.

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Swod: Drei

This is the third record from Berlin-based electronics-and-piano duo Swod, which offers up some of their prettiest music to date.

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Pyrolator: Neuland

Kurt Dahlke returns as Pyrolator 24 whopping years after his last full-length record. For a veteran of German industrial and new wave, his newest album sounds nothing like you'd expect.

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