Already Own This? Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience
Trade For This Autre Ne Veut, Anxiety
Avant-R&B beats, shimmery synths, so-many-feelings falsetto: Brooklynite Arthur Ashin takes the fedora out of the JT equation, leaves the good stuff in.
Already Own This? Lorde, Pure Heroine
Trade For This London Grammar, If You Wait
True, they can’t all be teenage wonders from Down Under. But the young U.K. trio nearly match the “Royals” phenom for slow-burn hooks and gorgeously husky vocals.
Already Own This? Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Trade For This Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
The L.A. songstress, who supplied an aching counterpoint on Nothing‘s “From Time,” offers her own pretty, Drizzy-like meditation on good (and bad) lovin’ from a lady’s perspective.
Already Own This? Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Trade For This Disclosure, Settle
More excellent retro-leaning dance music from the blessedly brostep-free zone — minus the fancy helmets and high concepts.
Already Own This? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
Trade For This Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap
Give the year’s most ubiquitous duo a breather — that means you with the “Can’t Hold Us” repeat-button trigger finger, buddy — and brush up on Chance, the artful new prince of left-field rap.
Already Own This? Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Trade For This Caveman, Caveman
We haven’t seen their SAT scores or anything, but we’d still bet that these fellow New Yorkers’ latest will satisfy your craving for more wistful, literate anthems.
Already Own This? Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
Trade For This Lindi Ortega, Tin Star
Kacey and Lindi could be sisters under the skin: two Nashville rebels whose sweet voices belie their knife-sharp storytelling skills.
Already Own This? John Mayer, Paradise Valley
Trade For This Jason Isbell, Southeastern
Mayer looks snazzy in those distressed denim jackets and big-sky ponchos, we’ll give him that. But former Drive-By Truckers frontman Isbell has been doing this bluesy Americana thing for a while, and he’s gotten really good at it.
Already Own This? One Direction, Midnight Memories
Trade For This The Neighbourhood, I Love You
The “Sweater Weather” pop-rockers deliver their own Stateside dose of hot-dude brooding. Same catchy choruses, now with more neck tats!
Already Own This? Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Trade For This Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Looking for a fresh take on retro? Foxygen hail from California, not Canada — and lean more ’60s psychedelic than ’70s art-glam — but still scratch that itch.
Already Own This? Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Trade For This Charlie Worsham, Rubberband
The Mississippi newcomer isn’t blazing new trails, but he’s not settling for dirt-road clichés, either. His expertly executed country jams are simultaneously breezy, lovesick, pensive, and sexy.