10Trax: Ariana, Aretha and a roller coaster week of new releases

New albums from Ariana Grande, Young Thug and Mitski bring relief to a week marred by a huge loss to music.

1 month agoText by


It’s been a week of ups and downs in music world. Today we get the full-length returns of Ariana Grande, Mitski and Young Thug, which are no doubt causes for celebration. However, yesterday we got the tragic news that soul icon Aretha Franklin had died from pancreatic cancer. Few artists have ever had a voice or a career like Franklin, over her decades in the industry she won eighteen Grammys, performed at Martin Luther King Jr’s funeral and at President Obama’s inauguration. She was an icon in the truest sense of the word. Take some time to revisit her work this weekend as well as this week’s new releases.

Ariana Grande – ‘borderline ft. Missy Elliott’ 

Sweetener is undeniably Grande’s best work to date. Upbeat without being bubblegum, slickly produced without losing its emotion, it’s the sound of her becoming a serious force in pop music. It would have been nice if she could get more than eight bars out of Missy, but we’ll take what we can get.

Murkage Dave – ‘Magic Mission Deja Rinse’ 

Murkage Dave’s ability to be both relentless hype and incredibly tender will never get old. ‘Magic Mission Deja Rinse’ is nostalgic as hell and a little heartbreaking too.

Average Joe – ‘Cross My Heart’

All too often it feels like everything creative is being sucked into London so it’s great to see Stoke’s Average Joe hitting the ground running with his debut single ‘Cross My Heart’.

Kurt Vile – ‘Loading Zones’ 

Kurt Vile parks badly and pisses off some cops in the video for his new single ‘Loading Zones’. Shoutout to the director for suggesting the final scenes in which Kurt smugly plays guitars solos on the hood of his car.

Mitski – ‘Nobody’ 

Mitski’s new album Be The Cowboy is out today and if that title’s not enough to make you want to listen to it then ‘Nobody’ should seal the deal. Iggy Pop called her the greatest songwriter working in America today for a reason.

Christine and the Queens – ‘5 dollars’

Christine is the definition of big dig energy.

Young Thug – ‘It’s A Slime ft Lil Uzi Vert’

Young Thug on his slimey shit is unbeatable. Slime Language is out now, cop it and give thanks for living at the same time as Jeffery.

Imani Williams – ‘Dumb ft Tiggs Da Author, Belly Squad’ 

Imani takes on the 411 classic with Belly Squad and Tiggs Da Author on ‘Dumb’.The lyrics get flipped and the beat gets a little extra afrobeats swing but the dance routines are just as strong.

Hak Baker – ‘Thirsty Thursday’ 

Hak pens ones for the weekend on his new single. The East London MC turned singer-songwriter has always had a knack for spinning tales of everyday life into chirpy bangers and ‘Thirsty Thursday’ is no exceptions.

Aretha Franklin – ‘Say A Little Prayer’

Even if you’re not a soul fan, even if you don’t care about Franklin’s legacy of activism and importance in the music industry, even if you’ve never heard her sing until today, you can’t deny that ‘Say A Little Prayer’ is one of the greatest songs of the twentieth century.

Follow Mike Vinti on Twitter