Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love A return to form for the reunited riot grrrl pioneers, filled to capacity with their signature crunching guitars and breathless, animated vocals.
Imagine the crushing blow of a devastating heartbreak. Add jittery electronic beats, Björk’s powerful voice and a string section, and you’ve just about got a sense of the latest album from Iceland’s reigning queen of experimental pop.
Mark Ronson: Uptown Special
This funk-inspired album sticks with Ronson’s tried-and-tested slick production, and features guest appearances by Stevie Wonder and author Michel Chabon.
Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass
Lushly orchestrated and elegantly arranged pop, steeped in Americana and soulful nostalgia.
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith: Club Meds
Experimental rock from the Canadian singer-songwriter and his matching bearded band.
Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
More of the playful, psychedelia-inspired and experimental music we’ve come to expect from the Animal Collective band member’s solo project.
Jessica Pratt: On Your Own Love Again
Delicate, folksy songs from the LA-based singer-songwriter, on her second album.
Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear
Navel-gazing yet potent songwriting from former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman, under his Misty moniker.
Susanne Sundfør: Ten Love Songs
A collection of beautifully crafted songs, in that trusted tradition of emotive and euphoric Scandinavian pop.
Drake: If You’re Reading This, it’s Too Late
Self-reflection mingles with bravado on this bass-heavy surprise release from the Canadian rapper.
Nikki Lane: All or Nothin’
Lane huskily addresses heartbreak and lust on lap steel guitar-heavy songs.
Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Barnett can turn the most seemingly mundane topics – house-hunting, insomnia or swimming in a public pool – into scuzzy, indie-pop demonstrations of lyrical prowess.
Pops Staples: Don’t Lose This
The blues master’s last set of recordings, released years after his death and featuring his daughter Mavis on backing vocal duties.
Marc Almond: The Velvet Trail
Big-chorus pop from the former Soft Cell frontman, still comfortably making music in his own right.
Nadine Shah: Fast Food
A passionate and intense album, marked by Shah’s distinctive, resonant alto voice and piercing electric guitar riffs.
East India Youth: Culture of Volume
A bold and expansive exploration of the limits of experimental pop with a synth-driven edge.
Blur: The Magic Whip
After 12 years away, the Britpop four-piece return for this unexpected release that turns some loose jam sessions in Hong Kong into a joyful reunion.
It took 14 albums for the post-punk pioneers to opt for an eponymous release, and Wire – poppy and self-assured – doesn’t disappoint.
Stealing Sheep: Not Real
Moving away from their so-called pagan-pop debut, the Liverpudlian trio sweep into sparkling, synth-laden artpop territory.
Bop English: Constant Bop
The White Denim frontman chucks a mix of sonic influences at the wall on this eclectic debut.
Listen to a selection of songs from the best albums released between January and April, using the Spotify player below:
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