Looking to listen to the new albums of the week? Good luck with that: there are 2,425 to hear on Spotify. That’s according to the streaming service’s latest online tool: Sorting Hat. Named after the chapeau from the Harry Potter books and films, it was created by The Echo Nest’s Glenn McDonald as an “experimental attempt at an algorithmic organisation of the week’s new releases” by genre, updated every Friday.

The theory is that it’s a quick way to scan what’s new, and fire it up for listening on Spotify – where fans are encouraged to save the singles, EPs or albums to their personal collections. It’s also a useful insight into some of the lesser-reported genres that are swelling Spotify’s catalogue: for example, 282 albums were released in the ‘environmental / sleep / relaxative’ category this week alone. We’re listening to them now and they’re veryzzzz…

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