This week has been HUGE for music lovers of all genres, ages and places of the world. Why is that, you ask? Well, there are a couple of reasons, or better yet, artists that contributed to this. This is a list of our favorite new albums released just this week, and while you’re here reading this, you might as well take some time to listen to all of them. Spoiler: It’s totally worth it!
Gorillaz have been out of touch with the industry for almost 7 years, as their last release was 2010’s The Fall. But now, finally, our favorite digitally created band is back with a track- and collaborators-list you won’t believe. From legends such as Grace Jones, Mavis Staples and Carly Simon (to name a few) to exciting newcomers and underground favs like Kali Uchis, Kelela and Zebra Katz. While other artists in our list preferred to keep things low-key in terms of promotion, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s band have been teasing us with sudden single drops, videos, intsallations and even a self-curated festival. And now, after building up all of this excitement, music’s best known cartoon-quartett brings us their spectacular comeback record Humanz. Listen to the album’s 26-track-heavy(!) deluxe version via Spotify below.
Magnus August Høiberg, known professionally as Cashmere Cat, is a Norwegian DJ and record producer. He has been active in the music industry for more than a decade – best known for his load of producer credits for The Weeknd, MØ and many more. However, it was not until today that Cashmere Cat released his long waited debut album. The record is full of ecclectic, vibe-y melodies and high-profile guest appearences by the likes of Selena Gomez, Kehlani and Ariana Grande. Listen to 9 in full right here:
SEVDALIZA is the Dutch-Iranian singer, Songwriter and Producer Sevda Alizadeh. She’s been a critic’s darling since first surfacing in 2015. Yesterday, SEVDALIZA surprise-dropped her debut Album ISON. The record is a beautifully crafted selection of otherwordly beats and emotionally charged lyrics. Head to Material Magazine to watch the accompanying visual project for ISON, or listen to it here:
Leslie Feist has created timeless, catchy but never in-your-face music throughout all of the nearly 20 years she’s been around. Remember that iPod Commercial? “1, 2, 3, 4, tell me that you love me more…”–Classic!
But now, after a 6 year hiatus from music, Feist is back with what some are calling one of the best offerings of her entire career. Pleasure is slightly more rebellious, but more vulnerable at the same time, than some of her previous work. Its title track, in particular, is a slowburning, edgy masterpiece. Listen to Pleasure below:
After GNUČČI’s single “A.Rab” was celebrated as a feminist anthem back in 2014 and she herself described her music as “Feminist’s Best Friend” not long after there’s little to no doubt that the Yugoslavia born and Sweden raised rapper is at the forefront of celebrating female artistry and equality in music. Read our interview with her here or listen to her debut album You Good I’m Good Let’s Be Great below: