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EMA: Exile in the Outer Ring

EMA's Exile in the Outer Ring is a jet black post-industrial fever dream.

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Cornelius: Mellow Waves

Cornelius returns with Mellow Waves, his first album since 2006’s Sensuous.

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Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Michelle Zauner follows her breakout Japanese Breakfast debut with Soft Sounds From Another Planet, easily one of the more compulsively listenable indie records of 2017.

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Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Calvin Harris’s new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 is a high-water mark for good vibes pop, reflecting the whimsical and collaborative spirit that is prevailing in pop music right now.

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Ex Eye: Ex Eye

Led by Colin Stetson and augmented by drummer Greg Fox, Ex Eye makes a black metal/jazz amalgam that is cathartic in its athleticism.

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Broken Social Scene: Hug of Thunder

Broken Social Scene return after a seven-year hiatus with their most vital release since their 2005 self-titled album.

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Blacksmith / ARTium / Def Jam

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Vince Staples: The Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples returns with his troubled and furious second album, The Big Fish Theory.

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Young Fathers: TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 (Reissue)

The reissue of Young Fathers' TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 shows the Scottish group's early promise.

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Goldie: The Journey Man

Goldie returns after a near decade absence with the lengthy double-album The Journey Man.

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Metalheadz

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Jesu and Sun Kil Moon: 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth

Jesu and Sun Kil Moon's latest 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth is at times tedious and frustrating, but ultimately worth consideration.

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Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La EP

Swet Shop Boys’ new EP Sufi LA is a showcase for MC Himanshu Suri and is altogether stronger than their debut Cashmere.

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Do Make Say Think: Stubborn Persistent Illusions

Do Make Say Think's Stubborn Persistent Illusions is a strong return for a band that crafts unique, expressive, and loose soundscapes.

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PWR BTTM: Pageant

PWR BTTM's Pageant is an excellent, varied collection of indie rock songs that explicate queerness in our current moment.

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Gorillaz: Humanz

Gorillaz return with their fifth album, Humanz, their most chaotic release yet.

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Parlopone/Warner Brothers

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Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

Joshua Tillman has crafted one of the year’s most undoubtedly ambitious albums, melding of-the-moment musings with classicist songwriting. It’s his best work yet.

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Soulwax: From Deewee

Soulwax return after their soundtrack excursion Belgica with From Deewee which was recorded live in one take.

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Pallbearer: Heartless

Pallbearer’s third album Heartless exists outside of easy genre signifiers. This band is in a league all their own.

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Lawrence English: Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English's Cruel Optimism is a noise-ambient gem and a work of pained beauty.

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