It's Tuesday, May 21, aka the electronic music holiday fans have been dreaming about for weeks. Daft Punk's highly anticipated album Random Access Memories hits shelves and digital stores today. Also on the new releases menu are albums from the irresistibly-likable ScoutNiblett, the dreadfully delightful The National, and--because he apparently doesn't know what to do with himself when he's not working--the Jared Leto-helmed 30 Seconds to Mars. R&B fans, we didn't forget you. In fact, Jay Sean's got you covered. Here's what's dropping today.
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories. Led by what has been hailed as the single of the summer, Random Access Memories the first studio release since the French duo proved they were Human After All in 2005. Columbia Records delivers this electronic orgasm.
Jay Sean – Neon. Maybe the title refers to the neon blue glow coming off the water and onto his shiny boat. This is the fourth studio album from the British R&B singer. Expect silky vocals and guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Pitbull and Nicki Minaj. Via Cash Money Records.
The National – Trouble Will Find Me. This ominously titled album is the sixth LP from the longstanding Brooklyn indie five-piece. From 4AD Records, the album will match fan expectationsand surely bring a frown to your face… but in a good way!
Scout Niblett – It’s Up to Emma. Referencing the name given to the artist at birth, It’s Up to Emma is the sixth LP from this Portland, Oregon native. Coming to you from the Drag City label and producer Andy Miller.
Palisades – Outcasts. Featuring in-your-face track titles like “Betrayed” and “The Reckoning,” it’s the first studio album from this post-hardcore ensemble out of New Jersey. It is released through Rise Records.
30 Seconds To Mars – Love, Lust, Faith, + Dreams. As the title hints, a lot of topics are covered in the fourth LP from 30 Seconds to Mars. A large portion of the production effort came from Leto on this one. The result is a highly charged, genre-bridging collection of sounds. Released through Virgin and Universal Records.