Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog June 22, 2009 at 1:28AM

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime
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1. Major Lazer, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do
(Producer/DJs Diplo and Switch create a persona that serves as a platform for amazing beats and sensational guest turns by MCs and vocalists. A tribute to dancehall, dub, and all things jam... mark my words: this is the dance party album of summer 2009.)

2. British Sea Power, Man of Aran
(U.K. passion rockers tone it down for this moody, and mostly instrumental, soundtrack to Robert Flaherty's 1934 documentary of the same name. Chill-out sounds for an early morning, or Mogwai for the comedown.)

3. Discovery, LP
(Terrific side project featuring members of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot. It's pure dance/synth pop, kinda like The Postal Service meets T-Pain. Shamless Auto-Tune and indie-rock mashing it up.)

4. Mos Def, The Ecstatic
(A much-needed return to form for the MC who has found more luck as a screen actor these days. This new album reminds you why he's considered one of the smartest rappers live. Overflowing with production, but also great rhymes, behold the rap album to beat this summer.)

5. Pete Yorn, Back & Fourth
(Yorn has always been a better musician than he gets credited for, lumped into the Starbucks set with the likes of Jason Mraz. On his fourth LP, he teams with Bright Eyes' producer to locate that perfect balance between soft-core folk and indie pleasure.)