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5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now/Must Listen Monday Edition

Major Lazer/Peace is the Mission

Now that the MØ assisted lead single, “Lean On” is (finally) taking off, a showing of music love is necessary to Diplo‘s dancehall project, Major Lazer and their action-packed third set, Peace is the Mission. Lazed with spaced-out beats, overseas influences and a rostor of guest vocalists, this is one album that will light up your summer music Dutch well past Labor Day weekend. Album opener, “Be Together,” featuring Will Belle sets the moody tone for the rest of the tracks including “Lean On,” as well as explosive numbers, “Blaze Up The Fire” and “Light It Up,” which will have you no doubt doing the same. But, the true radio-ready standout comes in “Powerful,” a jazzy, swinging tune featuring on-point guest spots by Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley. After one listen, the soaring tune will have you grabbing the first umbrella-laced cocktail you can find. 

Giorgio Moroder/Deja Vu

If there’s one album that is shining brighter than the summer sun, it’s legendary disco mastermind Giorgio Moroder‘s fun, fast-paced, funky new set, Deja Vu. Strobed out with sizzling guest divas–Britney Spears, Kelis, Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX–just to name a few–Mr. Moroder’s latest creation plays out like a cotton candy-coated disco dream come true. Even though it’s been 30 years since he last graced our headphones with original werk, his ferocious new album was absolutely worth the wait–especially when it comes to album cut “Wildstar,” which features ultra-smoky vocals from guest diva, Foxes. 

Alesso/Forever

While we know that most EDM these days is a bit “no,” Swedish DJ Alesso takes it to a different kind of vibe, adding elements of rock and pop on his long-awaited set, Forever. Packed with pulsating punch, beats for days and just music that will make you move, the young DJ delivers quite a buffet of dance ditties, including “Heroes,” with Tove Lo, the KylieGet Outta My Way” sampling, “Cool,” featuring powerful vocals from Roy English. But, it’s the DJ’s co-werk with Calvin Harris and singer Hurts on “Under Control” that really takes this album worlds away from all that other EDM junk.

Tamia/Love Life

Looking for the perfect album to make some babies to this summer and beyond? Look no further than Love Life, the smooth and silky new offering from R&B goddess, Tamia. The diva is ready to take you upstairs to the music bedroom with Prince-laced cuts, “Love Falls Over Me” and “Like You Do,” dripping wet ditties “Chaise Lounge,” “Lipstick,” and the aptly titled, “Sandwich and a Soda.” While most of you may only know the diva from her earlier hits, “Stranger in My House” and “Tell Me Who,” it’s time to get to know her loveliness once again because the best R&B album of the summer–and possibly the year–has arrived in the steamy chanteuse’s sixth offering. 

Adam Lambert/The Original High

For his third post-Idol set, the guy-liner loving singer proves effortlessly that he’s miles away from Simon Cowell with his new deep, dark record that’s loaded with big, catchy pop hooks, pulsing beats and his trademark falsetto, which is used to its best conviction. Adam’s High is ready to ake you to the highest levels of the hottest summer music. It also doesn’t hurt that famed producers Max Martin and Shellback led their production prowess, all leading up to what is Mr. Lambert’s best record yet. Lead single “Ghost Town” is already a hit, but there’s other radio-ready realness in tracks, “Another Lonely Night,” “Underground,” “The Light,” and “Rumors,” a throbbing collaboration with red-hot diva Tove Lo that has smash written all over it. 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now/”Rewerk Wednesday” Edition

Last week, we rolled out a fun new segment called, “5 Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now,” but delivered it with a tantalizing twist-it could show up anywhere in the Philly Mixtape world. Last week, we served up five delicious “TBT” sets, and this week we’re going to serve up 5 recently released dance sets that will take you straight to the dance floor…and beyond. So, instead of one DJ featured, this week you guys will get close to a hundred top notch rewire makers tearing it up among five pulse pounding sets. In a word, get ready to sweat in today’s “Rewerk Wednesday.” Dive in.

1.Hed Kandi/’The Mix 2015′

This was one of my favorite album of 2014, and it may just take the crown this year because I can’t stop listening. From start to finish, UK dance record label Hed Kandi delivers another flawless set of their annual ‘The Mix’ compilation. This disco-licious thirty-six track set is perfect for the gym and a groovy night in-or out-of the bedroom. Let superstar DJs Matvey Emerson, Sonny Fodera, Cyril Hahn and many, many other fader masters take you on a true ‘Hed Kandi’ coated music ride.

Matvey Emerson/”Run Away”

2.Various Artists/’Toolroom Miami 2015′

Just seeing Miami in the title alone should make you want to rush to iTunes right now and add this sun-kissed set to your collection. This just released ride is packed with plenty of pulse, including deep house dish “Yoohoo” by Dusky, “From the Dark” by house diva Maya Jane Coles and the ’80s kissed “House Record” by  Steve Lawler. Still not convinced? Let this incredible Ninetones remix of the Basement Jaxx single, “Rock This Road” help get you there…

3.Various Artists/Ultra Dance 16

For over a decade, Ultra Dance has put out their annual dance complitation series, and their latest may be their most decked out one yet. Beat masters Calvin Harris, Dave Aude, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5 are all along for the ride, as well as remixed hits by Ed Shereen, Sia, Magic! and plenty more. Dive in and get soaking wet to this one.

Nervo/”Rise Early Morning”

4.Above and Beyond/’We Are All We Need’

If you’re looking for something a little harder to kick in your Molly, then UK dance production trio Above and Beyond have the perfect set for you. Laced with guest vocalists, bangin’ beats and tantalizing trance melodies, A&B’s latest will take you beyond the disco ball and into a different kind of outer space music territory. What’s best about this record is that it will lift you up and take you down at just the right moments. Your headphones-and your music soul- will be very happy with Above and Beyond’s latest creation.

“Counting Down the Days” (ft. Gemma Hayes)

5.Various Artists/’Defected In The House Miami 2015

Yet another Miami/deep house  influenced set that will have you musically escaping to palm trees and sunshine. The more chilled out album out of the rest of the group, this dreamy package will bring it all down in the after hours….and bring you back to life. Let tracks by Miguel Migs, Maya Jane Coles, Groove Armada and crates more take you into that sonnet sun so hot……it’ll melt your music popsicle.

Maya Jane Coles/”Will I Make it Home Tonight”