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 the return of both FKA Twigs and of Christmas music. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
FKA Twigs — Magdalene
It had been five years since the first and most recent album, LP1, but last week, she shared her long-awaited second album, Madgalene. A lot of time has passed between releases, but through it, FKA Twigs has remained as innovative and vital a force in music as ever on her artistic and daring new effort.
Read our review of Magdalene here.
Jonas Brothers — “Like It’s Christmas”
Having a Christmas hit can help your name go down in history (hi, Mariah Carey), so the Jonas Brothers have taken a stab at a holiday tune with “Like It’s Christmas.” They took the opportunity and embraced it: The group managed to blend their brand of pop-rock seamlessly with jingle bell-laden Christmas classics, and may have just made a new one.
Kevin O Chris — “Ela É do Tipo (Remix)” feat. Drake
Drake is far from a stranger to incorporating global influences into his globally beloved music, and he has done so again by collaborating with Brazilian artist Kevin O Chris. The song doesn’t sound like typical Drake fair, especially considering that Drake takes some time to sing in Portuguese.
Lucy Dacus — 2019 EP
All year long, Lucy Dacus has been releasing songs in honor of a handful of holidays, and now that 2019 is almost up, all of these tunes have been collected on one release. Dacus has a song for just about every season here, even going as far as to consider Bruce Springsteen’s birthday a holiday.
Lil Baby — “Woah”
If you’ve ever wanted a single named after the viral “Woah” dance, this is your time. As one might expect from a song about a meme dance, the song is braggadocios and fun. At the very least, it’s something to hold fans over while waiting for Lil Baby’s upcoming album, My Turn.
The Free Nationals — “Shibuya” Feat. Syd
In addition to sharing the new Syd collaboration “Shibuya,” the Free Nationals also announced the release date of their self-titled debut album: December 13. Aside from Syd, the album also features Anderson .Paak, Chronixx, Conway, Daniel Caesar, JID, Kali Uchis, Mac Miller, T.I., Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Westside Gunn.
Dave East — Survival
Fresh off a stint co-starring in Megan Thee Stallion’s Halloween web series, Dave East has finally dropped (what is surprisingly) his debut album, Survival. It includes appearances from Gunna, Fabolous, Lil Baby, Nas, Rick Ross, and Teyana Taylor.
Rosalía — “A Palé”
After making her international breakout last year, Rosalía continues to prove that she is one of the most adventurous forces in pop. She hasn’t announced a new album yet, but she’s seemingly been in album mode, as evidenced by new songs like “A Palé,” a bass-heavy experimental pop tune that is derived from Rosalía’s Barcelona upbringing.
Tinashe — “Touch & Go” feat. 6lack
Tinashe is set to release Songs For You at some unannounced point in the future, but as for the now, she just shared “Touch & Go.” On the track, she and 6lack go back and forth, with each on opposite sides of a conversation about working on a relationship.
Doja Cat — Hot Pink
“Mooo!” was a heck of a breakout hit that Doja Cat released this year, and the odd tune showed that Doja Cat has no problem with trying stuff out. Indeed, she tries on a number of styles and rhythms on her latest, and proves through it all that’s she’s not just a meme.
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