As we mourn the recent loss of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, these New York club kids show that disco is still alive and well. One pulsating party track, “Let’s Have a Kiki,” recalls Dee-Lite, while “Inevitable” is a Bee Gees-esque ballad. 
In the wake of Adele, those soulful British divas just keep coming. On her divine debut, Ferguson—who finished third on the U.K.’s X Factor in ’10—displays an Aretha-tinged voice that takes everything she touches higher. 
It takes a few listens for this boy-girl duo’s new album to blossom to full effect, but it’s a dreamy tapestry that will suck in fans of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. While some songs can fade into the background, “Other People” makes you pay attention. 
The Light the Dead See
Now this English production duo have a secret weapon: Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, who supplies both vocals and lyrics. Haunting highlights like “Just Try,” fusing goth and gospel, illuminate the singer in a deep way.