10 Albums You Need to Hear in April

Spring is here, and so is the spring release schedule. Rejoice! May and June are both shaping up to be excellent months as far as album releases go, and while April doesn’t have quite the same volume of goodness, there’s still going to be plenty of good music to hear over the next four weeks. We’ve pored over the schedule to select the ten records we reckon are going to be worth hearing — there’s everything from the return of Orbital and Spiritualized to Malian songhaï blues, spooky pop music, and punishing, nasty hip hop. We’d love to know what you’re looking forward to, so do let us know via the comments section.

Orbital — Wonky (April 3)

We’ve been hoping for several years that the Hartnoll brothers’ reunion would eventually bear sufficient musical fruit to warrant a new album, and now — three and a half years after they first got back together — our wish has been fulfilled. Wonky is the duo’s first album since 2004’s The Blue Album, and among other things, it comes complete with a Zola Jesus cameo and a dubstep reworking of “Satan” — both signals that the Hartnolls haven’t stopped paying attention to what’s going on in the world of music.