With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Future, Tomberlin, Toro y Moi, Let’s Eat Grandma, William Basinski & Janek Schaefer, Kelly Lee Owens, Organ Tapes, and Devil Master. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
Future: I Never Liked You [Freebandz/Epic]
Future didn’t put out a solo album in 2021, marking the first year in his entire career that didn’t have a Future-only full-length, as Elliott Wilson noted in a recent GQ profile of the Atlanta superstar. The feature also yielded the project’s luxe cover art. On the heels of executive producing Kanye West’s Donda 2, Future returns to center stage with I Never Liked You. Drake joins him on “I’m on One” and “Wait for You,” which also features Tems, and Kanye West takes a guest spot on “Keep It Burnin.”
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Tomberlin: I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This… [Saddle Creek]
I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This… is the second full-length album from Sarah Beth Tomberlin, following her 2020 EP Projections and her 2018 debut At Weddings. She worked with producer Philip Weinrobe for her new LP. She shared “Tap,” “Sunstruck,” “Happy Accident,” and “IDKWNTHT” from the project ahead of its release. Read Pitchfork’s new interview “A Long Walk With Tomberlin, Indie Folk’s Quiet Force.”
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Toro y Moi: Mahal [Dead Oceans]
Three years after Outer Peace, Toro y Moi returns with Mahal. Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear said that he “wanted to make a record that featured more musicians on it than any other record” of his, and, to that end, Mahal features guest appearances from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sofie, the Mattson 2, and Salami Rose Joe Lewis. Bear previewed the record with “Postman,” “Magazine,” and “The Loop.” Bear also created a short-film counterpart for Mahal titled Goes by So Fast, which features Eric André as his co-star.
Let’s Eat Grandma: Two Ribbons [Transgressive]
The British duo of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth broke through in 2018 with their second LP, I’m All Ears. Now, they have returned to their outré pop laboratory for the follow-up, a synth-fueled journey into grief, resilience, friendship, and the redemptive power of music. They trailed the album with “Hall of Mirrors,” the title track, “Happy New Year,” and “Levitation.”
William Basinski & Janek Schaefer: “ . . . On Reflection ” [Temporary Residence Ltd.]
Composer and sound artist Janek Schaefer joins William Basinski for “ . . . On Reflection ”, a five-part work that they developed over the course of eight years. They assembled the project remotely, sourcing material from their own archives. The project is dedicated to the late Harold Budd, who died of COVID-19 complications in late 2020.
Kelly Lee Owens: LP.8 [Smalltown Supersound]
Kelly Lee Owens shifts away from bubbly pop inclinations with her third album, LP.8. The Welsh producer and electronic artist relocated to Oslo, Norway after releasing Inner Song in 2020. There, she found a new friend and collaborator in noise artist Lasse Marhaug, who joined her in shaping the industrial drone textures of LP.8.
Organ Tapes: 唱着那无人问津的歌谣 / Chang Zhe Na Wu Ren Wen Jin De Ge Yao [Worldwide Unlimited]
British-Chinese producer Tim Zhao uses a wide-ranging palette of electronic music as Organ Tapes, influenced by his devout Christian upbringing. The title to his latest album, 唱着那无人问津的歌谣 / Chang Zhe Na Wu Ren Wen Jin De Ge Yao, approximately translates to “Sing the Song That No One Cares About,” and it arrives on DJ Python’s Worldwide Unlimited imprint. Read Sam Goldner’s review of the album, which he describes as “a blurry, half-remembered vision from one of the unsung prodigies of the modern electronic underground.”
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Devil Master: Ecstasies of Never Ending Night [Relapse]
Philadelphia’s Devil Master follow 2019’s Satan Spits on Children of Light with Ecstasies of Never Ending Night, a 10-track collection that the band recorded live to analog tape. With song titles like “The Vigour of Evil,” “Enamoured in the Throes of Death,” and “Precious Blood of Christ Rebuked,” the band isn’t subtle about its offerings, ferociously grinding through roaring torrents and hard-driving blast beats.