Think Chromeo meets Shout Out Out Out Out, only more disco (as impossible as that sounds), and you’re halfway there. Four-on-the-floor kicks, huge washy synth pads, and plenty of squirty pulse wave basses and leads form the other half, and keyboardist Jered Stuffco isn’t afraid to open up the filter cutoff and bathe us in analog shimmer. Add his pop-perfect falsetto, and you get a meta-ironic mélange that could easily be taken seriously as the aural backdrop for a couture runway show, or not so seriously as one of your favorite guilty pleasures. In addition, you’ve gotta love the fact that Stuffco plays a Juno-106 and an old Ensoniq ESQ-1 in the video for the title track. Irresistible party music! (Upper Class Recordings | dvasmusique.com)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
With roots-rock muscle and snarl somewhere between a female Tom Petty and what Heart would sound like if they were starting out today, this is clearly the put-the-top-downand- break-the-speed-limit album of the summer.