With a lot good music being launched on a regular basis, it may be arduous to find out what to hearken to first. Every week, Pitchfork presents a run-down of great new releases out there on streaming companies. This week’s batch contains new albums from Jay Som, Sheer Mag, Raphael Saadiq, Mariah the Scientist, Shannon Lay, Rapsody, and Esther Rose. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday publication to get our suggestions in your inbox each week. (All releases featured listed below are independently chosen by our editors. When you purchase one thing by way of our affiliate hyperlinks, nonetheless, Pitchfork might earn an affiliate fee.)
Anak Ko is Jay Som’s sophomore file. Melina Duterte recorded, produced, engineered, and blended the album at dwelling in Los Angeles. To spherical out her songs, Duterte recruited Vagabon, Annie Truscott (of Chastity Belt), Justus Profitt, and others. The band shared a handful of tracks forward of Anak Ko’s launch: “Superbike,” “Tenderness,” and “Nighttime Drive.”
Jimmy Lee arrives eight years after Raphael Saadiq’s earlier LP, 2011’s Stone Rollin’. Kendrick Lamar and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammed seem on the album, which Saadiq recorded in California and produced himself.
Revisit Pitchfork’s 2017 interview “The Meaning of Soul Music According to Raphael Saadiq.”
Mariah the Scientist: Master [Columbia]
Master is the debut challenge from Atlanta R&B singer, songwriter and producer Mariah the Scientist. Tory Lanez govt produced Master. Read Pitchfork’s monitor overview of “Beetlejuice” and take a look at Mariah the Scientist’s music video for “Reminders.”
On her third solo album, EVE, North Carolina MC Rapsody celebrates the legacies of ladies of colour throughout each aspect of tradition. D’Angelo and GZA each seem on “IBTIHAJ,” which was named for Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed. Other tracks on the album nod to Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Nina Simone. Queen Latifah delivers a visitor verse on “HATSHEPSUT,” named after the Egyptian pharaoh.
“There’s this theme of radical acceptance running through the whole album,” New Orleans-by-way-of-Detroit artist Esther Rose stated in a press release of her second LP. In his Pitchfork overview of You Made It This Far, Sam Sodomsky writes, “Rose focuses her songwriting on self-discovery and how the passing of time shifts her understanding of people.”