Year brings exciting new music

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Year brings exciting new music

Check out music from new albums from artists including M.I.A., Vampire Weekend and MGMT.

Check out music from new albums from artists including M.I.A., Vampire Weekend and MGMT.

Check out music from new albums from artists including M.I.A., Vampire Weekend and MGMT.

Check out music from new albums from artists including M.I.A., Vampire Weekend and MGMT.

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2013 is becoming increasingly vacuum-packed with good music. From David Bowie’s “The Next Day” to Azealia Banks’s single, “Yung Rapunxel” off of her delayed debut album “Broke With Expensive Taste,” the year has been and will continue to be an intensely fast-paced and exciting year for music. Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Natalia Kills, Kanye West, Charlie XCX … Get your iTunes gift cards together. I have yet to even scratch the surface.

After a few years of the dried-up top 40 songs played every other five minutes on 106.1, the sudden rush of new music from the likes of Beach Fossils and Boards of Canada has me so thrilled to update my iPod.

Broke With Expensive Taste – Azealia Banks

Possibly one of the most controversial pop artist in the industry today, Azealia Banks releases her first album, Broke With Expensive Taste, after her EP, titled 1991, and her free, downloadable mixtape Fantasia both dropped in 2012. Banks creates aggressively experimental electronic hip-hop which hints of 90s house music.

M.I.A., Matangi

M.I.A. has proven herself a powerful force in the underground hip-hop-slash-trap-slash-house-slash-electronic-slash-punk (the girl knows how to combine a plethora of music genres into one brash and exciting sound) which seems to now be seeping out into the mainstream. I shuddered a little when I heard her song “XXXO” blaring through the speakers in Forever 21.

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City

A tad removed from their earlier quirky and borderline pop tracks, Vampire Weekend’s May release sounds like a far more adult and subtle approach to their bouncy, experimental repertoire.

MGMT, MGMT

Obviously. MGMT sounds like summertime. You can nearly feel the sun’s heat radiating from your iPod. After their second album, Congratulations, packed with psychedelics and overall coolness, the duo are returning to their super-synthed sound that was apparent in their debut, Oracular Spectacular. Their 2013 self-titled album is tentatively to be released in June.

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