In the mood for some major rays of sunshine during these not-so-sunny times? If so, this fine full-length debut from Australian five-piece DJ collective the Avalanches needs to seriously find its way

In the mood for some major rays of sunshine during these not-so-sunny times? If so, this fine full-length debut from Australian five-piece DJ collective the Avalanches needs to seriously find its way to your CD player—and sooner rather than later. In the course of 18 tracks, and with the help of thousands of disparate samples (complete with glorious pops and hisses), the Avalanches create a marvelous rummage sale of sound that harks back to the treble-happy days of such songs as the 5th Dimension's "Paper Cup" and the Jackson 5's "ABC." While some sound bites will surely seem familiar, others will not. Either way, that smile will have a difficult time leaving your face. Madonna fans take note: So enamored was the singer of Since I Left You that she happily approved a sample of "Holiday" for use on the album.—MP