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.
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 Kylie “Get 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.
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.