Forget The World (Bonus Tracks, Explicit)
Released: May 2014
Label: Def Jam Recordings
Since Swedish House Mafia broke up, no one better personifies the crossover between big-tent EDM and radio-ready pop than Afrojack. And that's precisely where his debut album is aimed: It's full of sturdy, four-to-the-floor beats, buzzing synths and soaring topline melodies. The fact that both Sting and Snoop Dogg guest says something about Afrojack's universalist ambitions; other featured vocalists include pop journeyman Matthew Koma and relative newcomers Wrabel and Jack McManus. Despite Afrojack's hard-partying rep, songs like the contemplative "Too Wild" showcase his softer, soberer side.