Monument Builders by Loscil

A huge influence behind Loscil's new album was philosopher John Gray, and Edward Burtynsky's photographs of pollution and environmental destruction: "Gray's writing, particularly his book Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, reinforced a bleak notion I had that we humans don't have much say in how it all turns out. With Burtynsky, I was struck by the fact that something so strikingly beautiful could be the result of large-scale waste and exploitation."

2016 has been awful. Hopefully something beautiful will come out of it soon (besides these albums, of course).

Stream the album below, or head here to check it out on Spotify. It's out today via Kranky.

Jessica Rabbit by Sleigh Bells

This is what The 405's Kieran Devlin had to say about the album: "Clean, lean, and impassioned to the edge of malice; both the beauty and the devil are in the discord. Jessica Rabbit is a fucking great feminist-punk record, one of the pop highlights of the year, and the best thing they've ever done."

Stream the album below, or head here to check it out on Spotify. It's out today via Lucky Number / Torn Clean.

We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest

It's their first new album in 18 years (and final one at that), it features the original line-up (it was recorded prior to the passing of Phife Dawg), and it has guest appearances from the likes of Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White and Busta Rhymes. Though really, you shouldn't need any reasons to press play on this.

Stream the album below, or head here to check it out on Spotify. It's out today via Epic Records.