Stream this week's must-listen releases, hand-picked by our editors.
Victoria Monét's Jaguar II
Victoria Monét's highly anticipated album Jaguar II emerges as a dynamic and captivating musical endeavor. Building upon her distinctive artistry, Monét weaves a tapestry of sound that effortlessly melds R&B, pop, and soul influences. This sequel to her initial EP release continues to explore themes of empowerment, sensuality, and self-discovery. With her signature silky vocals and lyrical depth, Monét crafts a collection of tracks that delve into personal narratives and universal emotions. "Jaguar II" is a testament to Monét's growth as an artist, embracing vulnerability and strength in equal measure, ultimately delivering an album that resonates with authenticity and musical prowess.
BETWEEN FRIENDS' I Love My Girl, She's My Boy
The LA-based Alt/Pop duo released their highly-anticipated debut album, I Love My Girl, She's My Boy. The fourteen-track album marks a nostalgic turn in their music, drawing inspiration from fractured relationships. This introspective collection navigates diverse sounds, ranging from atmospheric electronica in "Bb" to dreamy bedroom pop in "Sloppy stella," even venturing into 2000s indie rock with "Stalker." Beneath it all, poignant lyrics trace the arc of doomed love, encapsulating the full spectrum from passionate beginnings to bitter conclusions. Notably, the track "self destruct" starkly captures the emotional impact of encountering an ex on a new date. This album is a heartfelt journey through introspection and emotion, capturing the complexities of love's rise and fall.
Toro y Moi's Sandhills
Toro y Moi's Sandhills EP is a heartfelt musical journey and autobiographical exploration, embodying a return to the artist's Southern roots. Accompanied by a poignant companion film directed by Steve Daniels, the project encapsulates Toro y Moi's homecoming to South Carolina. Through its loping folk-pop melodies, the EP delves into themes of nostalgia and growing up, resonating with raw emotion and vulnerability. Sandhills stands as a sonic evolution for Toro y Moi, embracing Americana influences while delivering a genuine and introspective collection of tracks that bridge past experiences with present reflections.
Ashnikko's Weed Killer
Ashnikko's Weed Killer exudes a fierce and unapologetic energy, exemplifying her boundary-pushing style. With a blend of hip-hop, pop, and experimental elements, the track encapsulates Ashnikko's fearless approach to music. Lyrically, Weed Killer showcases her sharp wit and clever wordplay, tackling themes of independence, confidence, and empowerment. The song's dynamic production and Ashnikko's powerful vocals create an infectious and memorable anthem that solidifies her position as a trailblazing artist unafraid to challenge norms and ignite conversations. Weed Killer is a testament to Ashnikko's ability to craft bold and captivating music that resonates with her ever-growing fanbase.
Burna Boy's I Told Them...
Burna Boy has once again taken the global stage with his latest album, I Told Them. Known for his distinctive Afro-fusion sound that seamlessly blends Afrobeat, reggae, and hip-hop elements, Burna Boy's new release continues to captivate listeners with its infectious rhythms and socially-conscious lyrics. I Told Them showcases Burna Boy's knack for storytelling, addressing themes ranging from societal challenges to personal growth. With his characteristic smooth vocals and charismatic delivery, the album is a testament to his evolution as an artist, firmly establishing him as a leading figure in the international music scene. Through tracks that are both danceable and thought-provoking, Burna Boy once again proves his ability to bridge cultural gaps and offer a sonic journey that resonates with a global audience.
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