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Essential listening to add to your playlists now!
The 1975's genre-bending low-key future pop classic I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It has been with us for a couple of weeks now and we are still playing "Somebody Else" on a permanent loop in the office.
But if you are looking to expand your current gym playlist, we have some suggestions of albums you will love if you love "Love Me". These albums come from artists who inspired the record or are from artists mining similar catchy pop territory.
Here's 14 albums you will like that you may be currently unaware of!
The obvious choice. If you haven't yet accepted Jeppo as your queen and saviour you need to wake up and smell the emotion. Our PopBuzz album of 2015 still feels fresh, even as the iconic introductory notes of "Run Away With Me' continue to infect every tumblr page and vine account the internet has to offer. The 80s radio-friendly sound is accompanied by confessional diary-entry lyrics and enough angst to fill an entire prom venue. Will be regarded as a classic in years to come.
The second album from the Scottish synth pop trio pushed them into bigger, arena-ready territory with Depeche Mode style synth-riffs in abundance. Darker dancefloor moments like "Leave A Trace" are complimented by the sugar rush of "Empty Threat" and "Make Them Gold". The sleeper hit of last year definitely deserves a revisit.
Realistically, you could pick up any Prince album from his imperial 1980s period and find shades of it in Matty and co's work. But Purple Rain is always worth a listen, the quality of the 9 songs on offer proving more than enough to wash away memories of the occasionally dodgy film that accompanies it.
The minimalist drums and vocals of "When Doves Cry" can be heard throughout "I Like It..." while you only have to watch their extravagant SNL performance to see the purple one's influence on Matty's stagecraft. As solid a collection of pop songs as you could feasibly hope for.
Matty has long talked about the influence of the king of pop on his childhood, even seeing the man himself perform at Wembley Stadium. Bad was arguably MJ's biggest statement to the world, attempting to follow up the blockbuster success of Thriller with an album worthy of the two-year long stadium tour that would proceed it.
Hints of gospel on "Man In The Mirror", the driving rock of "Dirty Diana" and the ubiquitous radio-ready title track and follow up "The Way You Make Me Feel" resulted in this record becoming the blueprint for any future rock and pop stars with big ambitions.
There has long been a few rumours about who the lyrics of songs like "Colors" may be aimed at given the singer's apparent close relationship with Mr Healy. Regardless, the debut album from Halsey is an alt-pop masterclass, mixing in processed beats and soaring melodies under heartbreaking vocals of loves won and lost. Plus, in "New Americana" she has created a chant-along anthem for millennials everywhere that wil stick for years to come.
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Even without the ear-wormy single "Shut Up And Dance", Walk The Moon's latest effort is full of the driving anthems that The 1975 perfected on their debut, the opening double punch of "Different Colors" and "Sidekick" most notable as the future drunken karaoke tunes of choice. "Up 2 U" meanwhile brings a paranoid synth into play, stabbing away in a jittery rhythm that is pleasantly at odds with their more famous material.
Another obvious reference given The 1975's preference for the pop of this era, Duran Duran were, in many ways, the equivalent band of their era - poppy in writing, artful in execution. With great jackets. And hair.
Arriving in the heart of the indie-dance-pop revolution that stormed the charts in the middle of the last decade, Hot Chip took their "nerds behind keyboards" aesthetic to new levels of chic, certified banger "Over and Over" ensuring that every dancefloor will be filled for the remainder of time. An intelligent group who are not afraid of going "too pop", instead making use of the label and its history to create a diverse collection of hits.
If the guitar solo in "The Sound" sounds familiar it is more than likely down to the consistent radio airplay still given to "Digital Love", the happy house crossover single that The 1975 clearly referenced in its creation. Outside of this, there are more gems to be found across Daft Punk's sophomore record, no less than "One More Time", a tune so bright and chirpy it should be prescribed as the audio form of prozac.
Since the sad passing of the legend earlier this year, all of Bowie's albums have re-entered the public consciousness, perhaps none more so than his diversion into Nile Rogers-assisted pop in the late 80s. Dismissed as being somewhat frivolous at the time, it now stands up as a testament to the rock 'n' roll chameleon he was and the talent we have sadly lost.
A 2-disc monster of an album taking in every genre and style under the sun, this must surely be the most enigmatic and un-commercial record ever to spend multiple weeks at the top of the album charts. If you only know "Hey Ya" then Spotify this immediately - the instrumental and sketch-like interludes alone will catch you off guard before you even get to the likes of "Dracula's Wedding".
Still going after 30 years (!) the UK dance duo's 2013 release unveiled a sound fit for laser-shows, the title track and the Example-featuring "Thursday" making use of the upbeat piano vibes you'd normally only find on a Balearic dancefloor at 4am on a sunny September dawn.
The first of the many "boys with guitars to make you dance" bands that emerged from Britain around 2004/5, Alex Kapranos' Glaswegian four-piece wore their Morrissey influence on their sleeves, creating art school characters and stories littered with pop culture references to add depth to the funk on show.
Matty Healy is to 2016 what Jarvis Cocker was to 1995 - a cheeky, irreverent rock frontman with a pop sensibility, a quick wit, snake-hips and, most importantly, a talent for human observation in his lyrics. "Common People" you will most likely have heard already but the album as a whole captures the undoubted euphoria of youth and the mundanity of city-living in often-excruciating detail.