Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, even impossible. From the weekly album releases to standalone singles dropping on a daily basis, the amount of music is so vast it’s easy for something to slip through the cracks. Even following along with the Uproxx recommendations on a daily basis can be a lot to ask, so every Monday we’re offering up this rundown of the best music released in the last week.
This week saw Danny Brown making a comedy album the only way he knows how, and the long-awaited return of Chromatics. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Danny Brown — Uknowhatimsayin
Danny Brown may have described his new album as his “version of a stand-up comedy album,” but it’s no joke. It was executive produced by Q-Tip, which Brown has said pushed him to a new level as a rapper. There’s humor here, certainly, but ultimately, it’s top-tier rap, featuring contributions Run The Jewels, Blood Orange, Jpegmafia, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat.
Travis Scott — “Highest In The Room”
“Highest In The Room” has been floating around for a few months, but now Travis Scott has officially released the track. While an early version of the single featured a Lil Baby verse, it is nowhere to be found here. The song doesn’t suffer for that, though, as Scott is more than capable of carrying a track on his own, and does so here.
Camila Cabello — “Cry For Me”
Camila Cabello’s upcoming album Romance is all about love, but that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and rainbows. Love is a multi-faceted thing, and her latest single, “Cry For Me,” is about wanting an ex to be as heartbroken about a break-up as she is. Even if he never comes around and fulfills those hopes, having another strong single is certainly nothing to shed a tear over.
Gucci Mane — “Big Booty” Feat. Megan Thee Stallion
Gucci Mane and Megan Thee Stallion are both appreciators of women who have some meat on their bones, and that’s a sentiment they enthusiastically and wholeheartedly express on their new joint effort, “Big Booty.” Over the 2 Live Crew-sampling instrumental, they two drop lyrics like, “This the type of booty make a n**** drop his b*tch (wait) / This the type of ass when I get home, he washing dishes.” Yes, “Hot Girl Fall” truly is here.
Angel Olsen — All Mirrors
After a three-year wait, Angel Olsen released All Mirrors, her first album since 2016. The wait was worth it, too: The record is full of moments that are big and cinematic, contrasted and complemented by others that are small and intimate. More often than not, that all happens on the same song, like on the advance singles “Lark” and the title track.
Read our review of All Mirrors here.
Big Thief — “Forgotten Eyes”
Big Thief could have coasted through the rest of 2019, considering that they already released one of the year’s better indie albums with U.F.O.F. And yet, they didn’t, as they are set to release their second new record of the year, Two Hands. Before the record comes out at the end of this week, they shared “Forgotten Eyes,” another gem of a folk tune that reminds us of the importance of looking out for each other.
Chromatics — Closer To Grey
It was starting to seem like Chromatics would never release the follow-up to their 2012 record Kill For Love. Dear Tommy was announced years ago, but it has yet to arrive. The good news, though, is that out of nowhere, the group finally released a new record, Closer To Grey. It’s led by tracks like “You’re No Good,” a club-ready, synth-driven, indie-pop tune that is a reminder of why the world wanted new Chromatics so badly in the first place.
Charlie Puth — “Cheating On You”
It’s not clear if Charlie Puth has a new album on the way, but what he do know is that he just released “Cheating On You,” the third track in a three-song series. While “I Warned Myself” and “Mother” went in a more bass-driven direction, “Cheating On You” is more of a trap and R&B-influenced ballad. Like its predecessors, “Cheating On You” shows that Puth is as vital a pop voice as we have today.
Summer Walker — Over It
Summer Walker got a huge co-sign at the start of the year when Drake decided to hop on a remix of “Girls Need Love.” Drizzy’s co-sign and Walker’s subsequent activity since then have made her one of the year’s buzziest artists, and it’s warranted. She’s a fresh and exciting young voice in R&B, and her debut album also features assists from 6lack, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Jhené Aiko, and others.
Wilco — Ode To Joy
Wilco have remained one of the most consistent indie rock voices since the mid-90s, and now Jeff Tweedy and company have kept it up with Ode To Joy, their eleventh album. As is expected, the album has a lot of what has given Wilco their tremendous staying power: upbeat rock, languid ballads, indie experimentalism, and so on. As Tweedy settles into his 50s, he’s proving that he still has some great music ahead of him.
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