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15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Sleigh Bells, Miley Cyrus, Pusha T, and More

Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells at SXSW

This week’s group of streaming albums includes Sleigh Bells’ gnarly third album, Miley Cyrus’ twerk circus, Pusha T’s long-awaited GOOD Music debut, and a whole host of records from across dance, rap, R&B, and blues.

1) Sleigh Bells, Bitter Rivals. “Former SPIN cover stars Sleigh Bells don’t release their new album Bitter Rivals until October 8, again via Mom + Pop, but the whole thing is streaming now. The follow-up to 2012’s Reign of Terror digs further into the duo’s familiar terrain — shredded bubblegum anti-jock jams — as heard on advance track ‘You Don’t Get Me Twice‘ and in the ‘Bitter Rivals’ video. But this time the mortality obsession that shrouded the last album has given way to a new optimism.” — SPIN (via Rolling Stone)

2) Miley Cyrus, Bangerz. “The moment Miley Cyrus has been trolling the world for is (almost) here. Bangerz, the follow-up to 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed, is due October 8 via RCA, but it’s streaming now over at iTunes. That includes summer molly anthem ‘We Can’t Stop’ and chart-crushing power ballad ‘Wrecking Ball,’ plus guest appearances from (deep breath) Britney Spears, Ludacris, Future, French Montana, Big Sean, and Nelly. Top-tier producers such as Mike Will Made It, Pharrell Williams, and Dr. Luke also contributed.” — SPIN (via iTunes)

3) Pusha T, My Name is My Name. “We’ve already heard singles ‘Pain,’ ‘Numbers on the Boards,’ and ‘Sweet Serenade,’ and seen the video for the Kanye West and Joaquin Phoenix-produced ‘King Push.’ You can stream the full album, which also features Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Future, 2 Chainz, The-Dream, and Kanye West (who makes an uncredited appearance on ‘Hold On’), plus production from Kanye, Pharrell, The-Dream, Hudson Mohawke, Swizz Beatz, and more, below. — Slate (via Myspace)

4) Deap Vally, Sistronix. “Though Deap Vally’s Sistronix was written in the San Fernando Valley, it stomps and swaggers like vintage bayou boogie, with Lindsay Troy’s thick-as-a-brick blues riffs and Julie Edwards’ monstrous cavewoman beats proving that the dynamic duo can hold up to the hype. The album is a primer in how to have a good time, all the time, with the pair trading lines about the joys of hedonism (‘Bad for My Body,’ ‘Walk of Shame’). Liberation anthems are liberally doused in sick solos.” (via SPIN)

5) Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 3. “Dreamchasers 3 is the moment where Meek puts it all together, where the big, slick production style of his Maybach Music crew finds a way to mesh beautifully with his own all-out intensity. It’s a beautifully put-together rap album, and we are lucky to get it at all, let alone for free. It’s so good.” — Stereogum (via Datpiff)

6) Anna Calvi, One Breath. “No more waiting to exhale: though Anna Calvi’s One Breath is due out in the United States on October 8 via Domino, the whole album is streaming now. And that includes the operatic gallop of recent video selection ‘Eliza.’ The follow-up to 2011’s Mercury- and Brit-nominated self-titled debut features production by John Congleton (St. Vincent, the Walkmen, the Mountain Goats), and is, as Calvi said in a statement, ‘the moment before you’ve got to open yourself up.'” — SPIN (via Spotify)

7) Lee Ranaldo, Last Night on Earth.”Ranaldo’s reputation for undulating squalls of amplified sound, as a member of Sonic Youth, doesn’t always carry over into his solo fare — and ‘Last Night On Earth’ is distinctly easy on the ear compared to some other notable works in this musician’s catalogue. Which isn’t to say it lacks spirit, that spark that’s always characterised the best Sonic Youth fare. There’s restlessness here, beside the familiar strums, a sense that Ranaldo, well into middle age, remains creatively ambitious.” (via Clash)

8) Parquet Courts, Tally All the Things That You Broke. “The five-song effort builds on the quirks of the Fergus & Geronimo affiliates‘ breakout album: Poppy, recorder-aided ‘You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now‘ flows into the dirtier ‘Descend (The Way).’ Then the band takes a hard left into ‘The More It Works,’ a five-minute rant/freakout that builds up to a tense conclusion before settling into the brisk, bluesier ‘Fall on Yr Face.’ Things get really weird at the end.” — SPIN (via Parkay Quarts)

9) Darkside, Psychic. “Darkside is a new project led by Nicolas Jaar, a precocious young electronic-music producer who’s invested in the virtues of patience, deliberation and investment itself. Unlike others at play in the chart-climbing upper reaches of EDM, in which the immediate rewards of bombastic bass-drops reign, Jaar has devoted himself to taking great care (sometimes too much) in every aspect of what he presents … He’s invested in developing a singular style and letting it evolve over time.” (via NPR)

10) Glasser, Interiors. “Glasser, also known as Cameron Mesirow, has created a collection of songs called Interiors, triggered by her move from California to settle in New York. Partly inspired by architect Rem Koolhaas’ book Delirious New York, Interiors is a reaction to her new locale and the skyscraping, condensed city architecture of New York … Glasser says, ‘There’s no limit to what can be said about these structures. I can’t help but live and work in them, exploring their many folds.'” (via Guardian)

11) Kelela, Cut 4 Me. “The L.A.-based singer Kelela has carved out something of a niche for herself as the one vocalist able to reliably provide an electric emotional jolt to tracks from forward-thinking dance producers like Teengirl Fantasy and Kingdom. She’s not a house diva, though she can play that role; she’s a nuanced and sensual stylist, and there’s a lot of personality in her intimate coos. On her debut mixtape Cut 4 Me, Kelela has lined up tracks from many of the producers associated with the great Night Slugs label.” — Stereogum (via Fade to Mind)

12) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Speed of Things. “This is the second full-length album by this Detroit-based electro-pop duo, which is currently touring North America.” (via New York Times)

13) Hot Sugar, Made Man EP. “Today, Hot Sugar shares his new EP, Made Man, and as expected, it’s full of intricate and intriguing production. The EP may only be 10 songs in length, but the number of features on it — including Lakutis, Big Baby Gandhi, Heems, and more — and the energy that they bring to the table more than makes up what the EP lacks in quantity.” — Pigeons and Planes (via Bandcamp)

14) Tim Kasher, Adult Film. “Tim Kasher has garnered a sizable following through several different projects, whether fans first caught on to his sound via his work with bands, like Cursive or The Good Life, or thanks to his debut solo album The Game of Monogamy in 2010. With his follow-up LP, Adult Film, Kasher reflects on relationships in a more introspective way, taking a more stripped-down approach that allows his songwriting to speak for itself.” (via Paste)

15) Blue Sky Black Death, Glaciers. “With just five tracks, Blue Sky Black Death delivers an hour-long experience with their new album Glaciers. As shown on the previous leaks (‘II’ and ‘III’), the Seattle duo show off their ability to take the listener on a audio journey, combining hip hop with shoegaze textures and prog-rock structures with 808s and a ton of deep bass. Child Actor, Lotte Kestner, and JMSN provide assistance with vocals throughout as well.” — 2DopeBoyz (via Bandcamp)