Spring has sprung and along with it a cavalcade of releases from fledgling newbies and longtime legends alike, including…

BaauerAa
Aa is the first full-length album from Baauer, who’s best known for pioneering the “Harlem Shake,” and it’s loaded to the brim with trappy goodness for anyone who has a major hankering for bass wobbles.

Baauer

DaddyLet Me Get What I Want
James Franco/Tim O’Keefe duo Daddy pays homage to English new wave with Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths anyone?).

Daddy

Gwen StefaniThis Is What The Truth Feels Like
The third solo effort from Gwen Stefani chronicles the breakdown of her thirteen-year marriage with Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. Given that the last breakup album she wrote was the 1995 classic Tragic Kingdom while she was fronting No Doubt, there’s some serious potential here.

Gwen Stefani

HælosFull Circle
Downtempo melancholia oozes out of the debut effort from Londoners Hælos. For those looking for a decidedly modern take on the likes of Portishead and Massive Attack, this is just the stuff.

HÆLOS

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Post Pop Depression is the self-financed, twenty-third studio album from punk legend Iggy Pop. Produced by Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age fame), the album is rumored to be Iggy Pop’s last.

Iggy Pop

JamesGirl At The End Of The World
Barring a hiatus in the early 2000s, Manchester rockers James have been at it for over four decades now. If you find yourself craving that good ol’ jam band sound, Girl At The End Of The World should do quite nicely.

James

Liimaii
This experimental, synthy release from Efterklang offshoot Liima was recorded in three days and is well worth a listen (or several).

Liima

Lust for YouthCompassion
With glossy synths and a distinctly poppy sound, this is perhaps Lust for Youth’s most commercial release to date.

Lust for Youth

Primal ScreamChaosmosis
Featuring the likes of Haim and Sky Ferreira, album number eleven from Primal Scream is the latest from a group that helped pioneer the ’80s indie-pop sound.

Primal Scream

UnderworldBarbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
This is the first new release from electronic legends Underworld in over five years. Given the group’s predilection for innovation, you can expect this album to be just as envelope-pushing as the ones that have preceded it.

Underworld