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Here’s a rundown of new releases on DSPs and physical releases in record shops this week.
Drake – Honestly, Nevermind
Drake surprised-dropped his seventh studio album today. 14 tracks and 21 Savage features. ‘Falling Back’.
Foals – Life Is Yours
A return to the fun dance pop indie buzz for the band’s seventh album which NME calls “dance-rock party anthems shot through with Balearic bliss”. ‘2001’.
Melts – Maelstrom
Dublin five-piece’s debut album of synth-rock is produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band. ‘Outlier’
Robocobra Quartet – Living Isn’t Easy
Belfast post-punk jazz experimental band have released a number of great preview singles for this, their third album. ‘Heaven’.
Perfume Genius – Ugly Season
The music of Ugly Season was written as the accompaniment to Perfume Genius and choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here. ‘Pop Song’.
Self Esteem – Prima Facie Soundtrack
Soundtrack for Jodie Comer’s one-woman London theatre show of the same name.
Westside Boogie – More Black Superheroes
Followup to rapper Boogie’s Everything’s For Sale. ‘Aight’.
Hercules & Love Affair – In Amber
Andy Butler’s first Hercules album in 5 years and it sees him reuniting with ANOHNI for the first time since her stellar turn on the eponymous debut in 2008. In Amber is a dark, introspective record with elements of atmospheric pop, jagged industrial textures, and ornate primeval folk. ‘One’.
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, For All Our Days That Tear the Heart
A collaborative album between the Irish actor and former Suede guitarist.
Tirzah – Highgrade Remixes
A full reworking of Colourgrade including remixes from Arca, Actress, Lafawndah and Loraine James. ‘Sink In (Actress remix)’
Alanis Morissette – the storm before the calm
Alanis has released a meditation album, where she guides listeners through 11 different meditations. The album was co-written alongside Dave Harrington (Darkside). ‘safety—empath in paradise’
Σtella – Up and Away
Σtella makes her Sub Pop debut with an old-school pop paean to the pangs and raptures of love with Greek folk-inflected songs produced by Tom Calvert (aka Redinho). Title track.
RY X – Blood Moon
Ambient pop and indie folk singer-songwriter RY X (born Ry Cuming) continues to broaden his artistry on this hypnotic follow-up to 2019’s Unfurl. ‘All In Words’.
DOPPLEREFFEKT – Neurotelepathy
New album from the sci-fi electro duo. Title track.
Yaya Bey – Remember Your North Star
Brooklyn R&B singer Yaya Bey new album on Big Dada fuses soul, jazz, reggae, afrobeat and hip-hop onto Bey’s emotional journey of self discovery. ‘Keisha’.
TV Priest – My Other People
Post-punk band on Sub Pop. ‘Bury Me In My Shoes’.
J.Rocc – A Wonderful Letter
A Wonderful Letter is J.Rocc’s love letter to his hometown of Los Angeles, and features artists including the Egyptian Lover, Budgie, and Stones Throw labelmates Steve Arrington and The Koreatown Oddity. Full album on Youtube.
Bartees Strange – Farm to Table
Washington, D.C’s debut on 4AD. ‘Wretched’.
Batu – Opal
Batu knocks at new doors of club and electronic music perception with a debut album exploring alternate meters, spaces, and permutations of his personalised style and pattern. ‘Solace’.