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16 suggested albums released today to check out: Solange, Hozier, Maria Somerville, Little Simz…

16 suggested albums released today to check out: Solange, Hozier, Maria Somerville, Little Simz…

Friday is album release day and here’s a quick run down of what’s been released today. Check back next week for our favourites.

Solange – When I Get Home

Solange dropped her followup to A Seat At The Table after announcing it yesterday evening officially and after some posts on social network Black Planet. When I Get Home and doubles down on the sound of that record with repetition and mantras. It’s one for repeat plays for sure.

Hozier – Wasteland, Baby

The second album from Andrew Hozier Byrne follows up his 2014 smash hit debut. It’s got 14 songs on it, three from last year’s EP. After a couple of listens, it certainly follows the blues/pop/rock gospel buzz of the debut album. It’s immaculately produced and likely to please fans of the debut looking for more of the same. It feels too long to me personally, and I found it a bit of a slog on first two listens. I can’t shake the feeling that it feels it’s on autopilot and relying on the same dynamics as the debut, with diminishing returns. I hate to be that guy regarding an artist’s second album but that’s my first impressions. It’ll be huge no doubt.

Maria Somerville – All My People

The long-awaited debut album from the Galway musician arrives laden with texture, ambience and experimentation. Get lost in the fog.

Gangster Music Vol. 1

Featuring tracks from Kaytranada, Madlib, Jeremiah Jae, Kojaque, Onra, Jonwayne & more, The Gangster Doodles compilation is out on the Dublin label All City today.

2Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League

A 14-track album from 2Chainz featuring Kendrick, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Lil Wayme, E-40, Chance The Rapper and Young Thug.

Inni-K – The Hare & The Line

Dublin-based singer-songwriter known for her folk, indie and trad-influenced music has released a second album.

Little Simz – Grey Area

Little Dragon, Michael Kiwanuka, Chronixx and more feature on the UK rapper’s third album.

Other albums of interest released today

Mansionair – Shadowboxer
Blu & Oh No – A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night
The Japanese House – Good At Falling
Crystal Fighters – Gaia & Friends
Pond – Tasmania
VOK – In The Dark
Sundara Karma – Ulfilas’ Alphabet
Delicate Steve – Tll I Burn Up

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