It’s the twenty-first of September, a storied day in music if there ever was one. This year it’s an even more memorable date thanks to the release of new albums from both BROCKHAMPTON and Christine and The Queens. Lil Wayne was also supposed to drop Tha Carter V today but we should all know better than to trust Lil Wayne when he says he’s going to drop Tha Carter V by now, not that we’re bitter or anything, Wayne. While about 80% of our day has been spent intensely dancing to both Christine and BROCKHAMPTON, we’ve also managed to appreciate other new music this week, including new drops from Mahalia, Novelist and Lana Del Rey.
BROCKHAMPTON – ‘J’OUVERT’
I’m still processing a lot of this new BROCKHAMPTON album and my thoughts about it but it’s immediately clear that not only is it full of bangers but that they might actually bang even harder than anything they’ve released before. ‘J’OUVERT’ is one hell of a lead single, make some time to thrash around in your bedroom to this over the weekend, it’s self-care.
EARTHGANG – ‘Stuck ft. Arin Ray‘
EARTHGANG are the closest thing we’re getting to an Outkast reunion anytime soon so I suggest you lean into it. There’s much more to the Atlanta duo than the three stacks and leftfoot comparisons but if you’re a fan of the ATLiens you’ll definitely love EARTHGANG.
Dope Saint Jude – ‘GRRRL Like’
Cape Town’s Dope Saint Jude is channelling the likes of MIA and even early Major Lazer on ‘GRRRL Like’. There’s something about a South African accent that really stands out in rap music and this track is a great example.
Novelist – ‘Dot Dot Dot’
Novelist didn’t win the Mercury Prize last night which is pretty criminal considering that he was one of the most deserving artists nominated. He did however, drop the video for ‘Dot Dot Dot’ a standout track from his nominated album Novelist Guy.
Mahalia & Kojey Radical – ‘One Night Only’
Good things happen when Mahalia and Kojey Radical link up and ‘One Night Only’ is only more evidence of that. Kojey sounds almost unrecognisable on that half-sung verse but it’s just another string in his bow so we’re not complaining.
Barney Artist – ‘Breakdown Cover’
Barney Artist was kind enough to share his debut album with us a few days early this week and ‘Breakdown Cover’ is a definite highlight. Produced by Tom Misch it’s a lively 90s inspired tune channelling Tribe Called Quest in the best way possible.
Catching Flies – ‘New Gods’
Catching Flies links up with London prodigies Jay Prince and Oscar Jerome for his first single in a minute, ‘New Gods’. It’s dreamy, jazzy and like a last hit of summer before autumn sets in properly.
Christine and the Queens – ‘La Marcheuese’
Christine is a high fashion matador in her latest video from Chris, because of course she is. Using bullfighting as part of the album’s ongoing examination of masculinity and gender she searches a country village in search of her bovine nemesis only to befriend the bull. Chris can do no wrong.
Lana Del Rey – ‘Venice Bitch’
Lana Del Rey is the most ‘Lana Del Rey’ she’s ever been on ‘Venice Bitch’. A sprawling sun-soaked opus that spans almost ten minutes it’s an intriguing hint at what’s in store from her in future.
Au/Ra – ‘Emoji’
Au/Ra is only sixteen and already has a string of huge hits under her belt. It makes sense that her next one would be all about emojis tbh.
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