New Music Releases From This Weekend To Catch Up On
With so many new tracks, mixtape and albums constantly dropping, it can be hard to keep up and filter through the sound waves. This past weekend, a slew of diverse, new releases dropped from Future, NAV, THEY., Thundercat and more. Check out a list of major tunes that dropped last week for your listening pleasure, you’re welcome.
ELLA MAI, ‘READY’ (EP)
London songbird Ella Mai releases her debut project, Ready EP, with some help from legendary hitmaker DJ Mustard. The 22-year-old vocalist has made a name for herself in the states with her playfully, uplifting breakup songs and enchantingly calm cadence. The EP is reminiscent of the youthful woes of love we’ve all succumb to. Paired with the Los Angeles rhythm characteristic of much of Mustard’s work – you can’t help but groove to it. The U.K. is bringing that heat yet again with another memorable vocalist, and she has something to say for the carefree girls across the pond.
FUTURE, ‘HNDRXX’ (Album)
As if one Future album wasn’t enough, the trap icon has released yet another 17-track album titled HNDRXX, just a week after the release of FUTURE. It’s safe to say that man has been working. Lyrically, HNDRXX is noticeably more light hearted and vulnerable than previous projects. The project is in line with the essence of his recent pop-related collaborations with the likes of Maroon 5 and production-wise, the album is also more diverse in the rhythms utilized. Hip-Hop loops are seamlessly blended with alternative pop-type beats.
NAV, ‘NAV’ (Album)
With all of the recent buzz surrounding the newest emerging Toronto artist, NAV drops his debut album and confirms all of the hype. Gaining notoriety with his feature on Travis Scott‘s”Beibs in the Trap” track, NAV now releases his self-titled debut album. The 11-track album was mostly produced by the artist, and features collaborative tracks with Metro Boomin and The Weeknd. As heard on his self-titled song “NAV,” he’s just as obsessed with himself as the media is with him, and for good reason – the album is an endless stream of bangers.
The entire body of work is concise and fluid, gracefully showcasing his advanced production abilities and musical gifts. His voice is both memorable and melodic, a guaranteed recipe for success as the album perfectly position’s him as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
STEVE LACEY, ‘STEVE LACEY’S DEMO’ (EP)
Never one to disappoint, Steve Lacey drops yet another beautiful and effortless body of work. If you’re a fan of vibes, you’ll surely be obsessed with The Internet lead guiatrist peacefully complex project titled Steve Lacey’s Demo. It is intricate and cerebral, yet relatively absorbable due to the fluidity of the lyrical content and carefree rhythms. In tune with the energy of of the piece, it’s a great tape to get work done to or reflect on life as we know it.
STORMZY, ‘GANG SIGNS & PRAYER’ (Album)
An unbelievably gifted rapper, grime artist Stormzy drops his highly-anticipated debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer. He’s an integral player in the blossoming U.K. grime scene and has gained the attention of musicians and influencers alike for his undeniable gift and unapologetically gritty energy. In short, the man is powerful. If you’ve been missing raw bars, Stormzy will satiate your void with this hard-hitting album. London will be proud of this instant classic. Shout out to the tandem.
THEY., ‘NU RELIGION: HYENA’ (Album)
If you’re not already familiar with the duo, THEY. has developed a significant following off just a few tracks. The power of their vocal range is reminiscent of ’90s R&B greats with a hint of grunge energy that produces an eclectic sound that is completely their own. Following the release of several incredible alternative R&B tracks and a successful tour with Jeremih, THEY. releases their highly anticipated album Nü Religion: Hyena. In addition to a few familiar tracks, the 14-track project includes a host of other powerful songs.
THUNDERCAT ‘DRUNK’ (Album)
Multi-hyphenate musician Thundercat releases his powerfully invigorating, yet hilarious new album, Drunk — and it’s full of the eclectic riffs and psychedelic-esque vibes. The hefty 23-track album is loaded with a variety of complicated sounds that gained Thundercat recognition as not only a talented singer, but a thoroughbred musician. The project hosts features from equally forward-thinking creatives Pharrell, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Sounwave, and Wiz Khalifa to name a few.