The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, Feb 12

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Radical FaceGhost Morr
Who would have guessed Morr could put out another legit electro-pop release? Well, us. Radical Face is a one-man operation known to friends as 24-year-old Ben Cooper, a multi-instrumentalist with a love for piano-driven songwriting. Ghost will haunt you in all the right ways.

SkatebardMidnight Magic Digitalo
This is utter disco madness from Norwegian pop explosion Annie's roommate. Midnight Magic is13 songs of psychedelic, synth-heavy, Italo-warfare. If you want your friends to invite their friends to your party, keep this album on repeat.

The BlowPoor AIM: Love SongsK
On Poor AIM: Love Songs, the Portland duo known as The Blow sheds light on a new type of minimal electro that's as poppy as it is punk (but in no way pop-punk!). If you're down with humble, female vocals and simple drum programming, then The Blow will capture your heart.

VariousSC100Secretly Canadian
After 11 years and 100 releases, Secretly Canadian remains on point. SC100 explores some of the label's past treasures, from sensitive rockers like Jens Lekman, Swearing at Motorists, and Songs: Ohia, and others. Break up with your significant other and play this loud.

AlexDeliveryStar DestroyerJagjaguwar
Like Xiu Xiu, Nick Forté, and Can having a metallic drum circle, Alex Delivery plays some weird jams. In other words, this is unclassifiable business that we love.

Mother MotherTouch UpLast Gang
While Last Gang is infamous for putting out records by MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979, Mother Mother stands a world apart from such usual suspects. This chirpy Vancouver five-piece plays mathy pop that showcases the band's jazz and classical training. Heavy guitar strumming and dual vocals make Touch Up worth checking out.

Maximo ParkOur Earthly PleasuresWarp
The new Maximo Park record has been in the office less than a week and it's already made the top ten. Our Earthly Pleasures is more of the band's driving rock that will make the kids dance throughout 2007.

Like a bat out of hell (or a bat from Load Records) comes Brooklyn's Pterodactyl. The band's spastic noise-punk is so harsh they could put xbxrx or Lightning Bolt to shame. Earplugs are unfortunately not included with this release.

Foreign IslandsRestart Now! Deaf Dumb + Blind
We love it when disco-punk acts sound nothing like LCD Soundsystem impostors. Foreign Islands is a prime example. This duo melds danceable beats with chopped-up, heavy guitar licks for maximum party power.

Fabric has gone and brought tears of joy to our eyes. Tayo's dub, dubstep, and hip-hop mix is lethal, with cuts from Skream, Ursula 1000, and Digital Mystikz. This is all bass, all day.

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