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 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 Eminem surprised his fans with a surprise new album, Tash Sultana offered up an impressive debut, and Troye Sivan announced himself as a pop force that needs to be heard. Yeah, it was a pretty good week for music. Check out the highlights below.
Eminem — Kamikaze
Less than a year since the release of his latest album Revival and following an intense festival run that included headlining the likes of Coachella and Bonnaroo, Eminem is back with a surprise new collection called Kamikaze. The record features a song written for the upcoming Venom film, a collaboration with Joyner Lucas, and an attack on President Trump. It might be the album to jolt listeners out of this slow end to the dog days of summer.
Troye Sivan — Bloom
Troye Sivan isn’t yet a household name, but that all could change following the release of Bloom. Guest include pop’s woman of the hour (Ariana Grande) and an under-the-radar indie songwriter (Gordi). But really, this is Sivan’s moment to shine, as the album cements him as one of pop’s best chances for a breakout, completing the jump from Australian Youtube sensation to a fully-formed star
Big Red Machine — Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine has been a long time coming, dating back to 2009’s Dark Was The Night compilation album when Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner first collaborated. Nearly ten years later, and the pair who are also behind the PEOPLE streaming service have unveiled their first album for this long-gestating collaborative project. The good news is that it sounds like a happy medium between the two musicians’ main projects, The National and Bon Iver. As our own Steven Hyden writes, “Big Red Machine seems expressly designed to be heard as a sustained mood piece, like the second half of Sleep Well Beast with rougher, jammier edges.”
Tash Sultana — Flow State
There must be something in the water in Australia, because in addition to Troye Sivan, Tash Sultana is another artist from Down Under that is making huge waves this week. Tash’s debut album, Flow State, finds the multi-instrumentalist recording with remarkable maturity and playing many different instruments on the collection. In her interview with Tash on the record, Uproxx’s Chloe Gilke calls the album “bold, innovative, and masterful, much like the artist who created it.”
Saintseneca — Pillar Of Na
In the crowded world of indie folk, it’s hard to stand out. But Saintseneca are doing just that on the quite good new album, Pillar Of Na. The work of mastermind Zac Little, the album marks what he considers the project’s most ambitious album to date. “I wanted to use the idiom of folk-rock, or whatever you want to call it, and to try to do something that had never been done before,” he said in a statement. “To reach way back, echoing ancient folk melodies, tie that into punk rock, and then push it into the future.”
Anna Calvi — Hunter
Anna Calvi is a guitar virtuoso who has been redefining her musical role throughout her career. She’s many years removed from her NPR success of “Desire,” but in the time since, Calvi has been pushing herself as a musician to often exciting and always interesting new places. The new record promises a more raw version of herself, where everything from her voice to her musicianship is pushed father than it ever has been before. Anything close to that would be a massive success.
Twenty One Pilots — “My Blood”
In the world alternative, this fall will be defined by two artists: The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots. The latter of these is making music that fits more to what traditionally fits on the radio, but I’d argue that both are for more adventurous with their recent releases than alt usually is graced with. “My Blood” bears many of the elements typically found in the music of the band — multiple hooks, moments of rapping, electronic flourishes — but it still sounds a bit like a reinvention. Boiled down to just its core, there is only one way to truly describe it: it’s a hit.
Disclosure — “Moonlight”
The reign of Disclosure feels liks a lifetime ago, and that tells you just how fast the world of electronic music moves. But “Moonlight” finds the duo hardly resting on their laurels, and instead dropping their traditionally guest-heavy brand in favor of a glitchy, late-night dancefloor jolt. It’s a quick, direct song that doesn’t waste any time getting to its point or delivering its goods. It’s another example of how far unimpeachable taste will get you, especially in the world of dance.
Saweetie x London On Da Track — “Up Now” (Feat G-Eazy and Rich The Kid)
Even beyond the video that finds these rappers taking over a major league ballpark, Saweetie’s latest is a bona fide banger that deserves such an elaborate video treatment. Our own Aaron Wiliams writes, “As her visibility increases, there’s no doubt the 25-year-old USC alumnus will keep finding ways to get necks snapping to her party-ready raps.”
Hovvdy — “Easy”
The gentle atmospheric indie of Hovvdy feels like it could have been made in any of the last few decades. Their latest, recorded for Saddle Creek’s Document Series, finds the Austin band sounding sepia-toned as ever, creating a warm, refreshing few minutes that is as comforting as anything the project has ever made.