This weekend’s playlist features a slew of new releases including FKA twigs’ CAPRISONGS, Cordae’s From A Birds Eye View, Robert Glasper’s latest track “Black Superhero,” and much more.
FKA twigs has unveiled CAPRISONGS, a 17-track mixtape comprised of songs that she made over the course of the pandemic with the help of Rosalía producer El Guincho. Featured artists include The Weeknd, Rema, Jorja Smith, Pa Salieu, Shygirl, Daniel Caesar, and more. CAPRISONGS is twigs’ first full-length release since her acclamined 2019-album, Magdalene. The British multihyphenate artist also released a TikTok-friendly video for one of the mixtape’s lead singles, “ride the dragon.” [artist info]
It’s been more than three years since Earl Sweatshirt released his 2018-album, Some Rap Songs. This week, the rapper has returned with his fourth studio album, SICK! Produced by The Alchemist, Alexander Spit, and Black Noi$e among others, SICK! includes 10 tracks and runs roughly 25 minutes long. Fans of Earl Sweatshirt won’t have to wait long to see him perform live as he’s slated to perform, along with Action Bronson, The Alchemist, and Boldy James, on Jan. 29 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego and on Jan. 30 at the Hollywood Palladium. [artist info]
Cat Power, a.k.a Chan Marshall, is no stranger to offering her own interpretations of other musicians’ songbooks. On Friday, the Indie icon shared her third all-covers album, dubbed Covers. It includes renditions of Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion,” Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and Iggy Pop’s “Endless Sea.” “Performing covers is a very enjoyable way to do something that feels natural to me when it comes to making music,” Power said in a statement in October when she first released her interpretation of Ocean’s Channel Orange track. Power is also launching her U.S. tour next week and is scheduled to stop in L.A. on July 16. [artist info]
The Grammy award winning jazz pianist has teamed up with an all-star lineup of collaborators for his latest single “Black Superhero.” Featuring Killer Mike, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Big K.R.I.T, the powerful track is accompanied by a black-and-white video, directed by Charlie Buhler, that highlights real-life heroes in the Los Angeles community. “Black Superhero” appears on Robert Glasper’s forthcoming album Black Radio III—the third installment in Glasper’s Black Radio series—set to release on Feb. 25. Glasper is set to perform live on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and also on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 17. [artist info]
Gen Z’s lyrical frontrunner has unleashed his sophomore album, From A Birds Eye View, which features a star-studded guest list including legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, R&B polymath H.E.R., and acclaimed rappers Eminem and Lil Wayne. Two previously released tracks “Super” and “Sinister,” both of which received music videos, are included on the album. In addition to dropping the new project, Cordae has also shared a new visual for the single “Today” featuring Gunna. We highly recommend checking out his NPR Tiny Desk performance, which released on Friday as well. [artist info]
Aluna, Diplo, and Italian producer Durante teamed up for a bouncy dance track, “Forget About Me,” which makes it easy forget that its centered around a break-up. Aluna says the song “is about that moment when you’ve cleaned up the trash pile that was once your heart — you’re feeling yourself and you’ve worked out how to be alone but the past comes back to haunt you, hungry for your new self love and abundant vibes.” [artist info]
Other Worthy Mentions: BEAM, J.I.D, and Saba
BEAM shared a visual for his new single “WIN,” which feels like an anthem for the new year. Also, Dreamville’s J.I.D. released a video for “Surround Sound” featuring fellow Atlanta emcees 21 Savage and Baby Tate, and Chicago lyricist Saba unveiled a new single featuring Krayzie Bone (from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) called “Come My Way.”
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