This weekend’s playlist includes new albums from Robert Glasper, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West, and EARTHGANG, among others.
Its been ten years since jazz pianist Robert Glasper released his RnB-infused Black Radio, which earned him his first Grammy award. Now, with multiple Grammys under his belt and countless notable collaborations with artists ranging from J. Dilla to Herbie Hancock and Kendrick Lamar, Glasper has unveiled the third installment of the Black Radio series. Black Radio III features guest appearances from Q-Tip, Common, Ty Dolla $ign, India.Arie, H.E.R, Yebba, and several others. Fans won’t have to wait long to hear the album live as Glasper is slated to perform on Friday, March 4 at The Vermont Hollywood. [artist info]
Pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne is back with a new album titled Love Sux. The 12-track project, which is produced by Travis Barker’s DTA records, is her first offering since her confessional 2019 album, Head Above Water. It features appearances from Machine Gun Kelly and Blackbear, and writing from Lavigne’s boyfriend, Mod Sun. [artist info]
Less than six months after he released the first iteration of Donda, Kanye West (who legally changed his name to Ye), has shared Donda 2, but there’s a catch. The 16-track project is only available through his Donda Stem Player, which costs a whopping $200, so you won’t be able to stream it on other services such as Spotify or Apple Music. The album was reportedly executive produced by Future and features guest verses from Migos, Soulja Boy, Don Toliver, Baby Keem, the late XXXTentacion, and more, Pitchfork reports. [artist info]
Nigerian-American singer-songwriter Dreamer Isoima has unveiled their debut album, Goodnight Dreamer, which spans 13 tracks. The 21-year-old musician, who is based in Chicago, also shared a visual for their vibey track, “Sunset Drive.” [artist info]
Atlanta hip-hop duo EARTHGANG shared their anticipated album, GHETTO GODS. Featuring 17 tracks, the project offers guest verses from Dreamville affiliates J.Cole, JID, and Ari Lennox, as well as Musiq Soulchild, Future, and CeeLo Green. The pair is hitting the road next month and will perform in Los Angeles on April 29. [artist info]
Electronic music producer Mura Masa has teamed up with Lil Uzi Vert, PinkPantheress, and Shygirl for a new single called “bbycakes.” The genre-bending track is a collaboration we didn’t realize we needed.
“I feel like bbycakes is a future facing record. Clashing U.K. with U.S., hard drill music with cute U.K. garage culture, underground with overground,” Mura Masa said in a statement. “Most of all it’s a mission statement for the vicarious and playful nature that I think popular music needs to be looking to in order to soundtrack those crucial moments of fun and hedonism in an increasingly cynical culture.” [artist info]
“Butterfly Wings” is the latest offering from Brisbane-based singer-songwriter and producer, FELIVAND. Produced by Wesley Singermand and Taydex, the dreamy track also arrives with a colorful, animated visual. [artist info]
The Florida rapper has unveiled Back for Everything, his first project since last year’s Haitian Boy Kodak. The 19-track album includes the mega hit “Super Gremlin”—which reached No. 3 on Apple Music’s Top 100 global chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100—along with TikTok favorite “Love & War,” and a lone feature from Chicago’s Lil Durk on “Take You Back.” [artist info]
Kehlani has delivered a stunning black-and-white visual for her song “little story,” which is set to appear on her upcoming album, Blue Water Road. The video was directed by the 26-year-old singer-songwriter and Alexandra Thurmond. [artist info]
Other Worthy Mentions: Jean Dawson, Rosalía, Omar Apollo
Multi-genre musician, Jean Dawson, has shared a visual for his latest single “PORN ACTING*” and Rosalía delivered a high energy visual for her single “Chicken Teriyaki,” from her upcoming album Motomami.
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