The Weekend Playlist: New Music From Adele, Dom Kennedy, KIRBY

Also new singles from Young Thug, Reggie Becton, Summer Walker, KYLE, and more

We finally made it to the end of the work week and we can’t think of a better way to usher in the weekend than listening to new music — extra points if its from an artist you recently discovered.

A mixture of new singles and studio length albums have been released this week, but don’t fret the overwhelming amount of content. We’ve selected a handful of newly released songs that are worth a play.

Dom Kennedy, From the Westside with Love Three 

It’s only right that we start this list off with the latest offering from Dom Kennedy, From the Westside with Love Three, released on Friday. The self-proclaimed Leimert Park legend pleasantly surprised longtime fans in September when he announced the third part of the beloved project. The first From the Westside with Love mixtape dropped in 2010 and the second part released the following year. From the Westside with Love Three includes guest appearances from Quentin Miller, TeeFlii, Kay Franklin, and more.

Kennedy said he considers each of the releases to be “part of a great trilogy,” but the third part “takes it to new heights.”

“I tested myself, I learned a lot, I pushed myself, I critically looked at my career from what I did recently and in the past.. all the good and bad, I had to be honest and a lot of self-reflection went into this album,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I intended to release this over the summer. But there was a lot more that I had to tap into within myself in order to get this done the right way. This project was a personal experience, I know this album is a true reflection of my life and career up until this point.”

From the Westside with Love Three also arrives with a visual for the standout single “Don’t Walk Away,” which is produced by fellow collaborator, Hit-Boy. (The single fittingly samples two of Kennedy’s favorite rappers, DJ Quik and Sugafree.)

Reggie Becton, California

DMV native Reggie Becton unveiled his debut album, California, on Friday. The Los Angeles-based crooner, whose influences include the likes of Marvin Gaye, Brandy, and Prince, spent the pandemic working on the 12-track project, which follows Becton’s experiences since moving to the West Coast five years ago. California is a vulnerable offering that highlights very-relatable subjects ranging from love to loss of love, depression, and more. Becton’s album, which was released independently, has already surpassed 65,000 listens on Audiomack, and we’ll surely be adding to those numbers throughout the weekend and beyond. [artist info]

Adele, “Easy On Me”

During the same Instagram live appearance in which Adele fielded questions about her favorite cuisine and films, the focus of her upcoming album, and what her body count is (yes, someone actually asked that), the London singer also gifted fans with a snippet of her first musical release in nearly six years. The heart-wrenching ballad titled “Easy On Me” is the first single from Adele’s anticipated album—due out in November—which she said will address the “inner turmoil” she’s experienced from life changing events including her divorce from Simon Konecki.

In an interview for the November cover story for Vogue magazine, the 33-year-old musician said she recorded the song —and also the album—or her 9-year-old son, Angelo. “I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness,” she said.

“It made him really unhappy sometimes,” she added. “And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.” The single also arrives with a cinematic black and white visual. [artist info]

Young Thug, PUNK

Young Thug gave us a glimpse into how he was approaching his highly-anticipated sophomore album, PUNK, when he performed alongside a three-piece band—including famed drummer Travis Barker—on NPR’s Tiny Desk (at home) series back in July. Setting the tone for both the performance and his new album, the Grammy award winning rapper opened with the emotional “Die Slow” in which he talks about missing his son’s birthday due to being on tour, his mother’s near death experience, and his desire to keep his brother out of prison. As expected, PUNK provides a balance of vibes and features several star studded appearances from Future, J. Cole, Drake, and Travis Scott. The 20-track project also features verses from the late Mac Miller and Juice WRLD. [artist info]

KIRBY, Sis, He Wasn’t the One

The Mississippi-born singer stole our hearts with her 2019-single “Kool Aid” and the Lucky Daye-assisted “Velvet” (Remix), which appeared on the soundtrack for the hit HBO show Insecure. Following up her last project Sis, which was released amid the pandemic, KIRBY is back with the sophomore follow-up, Sis, He Wasn’t the One. The 10-track project includes one guest appearance from BJ the Chicago Kid on “Lately,” which is as good as you’d imagine it would be. [artist info]

Other Worthy Mentions

Other worthy mentions includes Ventura native KYLE who released “Sunday,” a vibey re-imagination of Craig David’s “7 Days” and L.A.-based artist Jordan Ward dropped a new project called Remain Calm on Oct. 8. Also make sure to listen to Summer Walker’s new bouncy single “Ex For A Reason” featuring City Girls’ JT and “Concrete” from Orion Sun.

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