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 remixes of two of the biggest songs in the world, and new collaborations by Ed Sheeran, Donald Glover, Beyonce, and Tyler The Creator. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Ed Sheeran — No. 6 Collaborations Project
Ed Sheeran is one of the world’s biggest stars, so naturally, he was able to get a lot of big names involved with his new collaboration-focused album. The list of collaborators speaks for itself: Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, PnB Rock, Stormzy, Yebba, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, J Hus, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, Dave, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Skrillex, Chris Stapleton, and Bruno Mars.
Lil Nas X — “Old Town Road” (Remix) (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, and Mason Ramsey)
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” could very well become the longest-running No. 1 single of all time. It can claim that title if it remains on top for just a few more weeks, so Lil Nas X enlisted some friends to help make that happen: He shared yet another remix of the song, this time featuring Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, who is perhaps better known as the Walmart Yodeling Kid.
Billie Eilish — “Bad Guy (Remix)” Feat. Justin Bieber
If any song can challenge “Old Town Road” for the No. 1 spot, it’s Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” It’s currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but a new remix featuring Justin Bieber might be enough to push it up to the top. It’s also worth noting that Bieber is featured on “Despacito,” one of the songs that Lil Nas X needs to pass to achieve all-time chart supremacy.
Yuna — Rouge
Yuna has established herself as a rising R&B/pop star over the past few years, and now she has dropped Rouge, her most realized album yet. Among other highlights, it kicks off with the Tyler The Creator collaboration, “Castaway.”
Read our cover story about Yuna and Rouge here.
Bon Iver — “Faith” and “Jelmore”
There have been hints that a new Bon Iver album is on the way for the past month or so. Now, the follow-up to 2016’s 22, A Million is officially on its way, and Justin Vernon made the announcement with a pair of new songs. They tease that the album will borrow from different parts of Bon Iver’s sound: “Faith” sounds like vintage Vernon, while “Jelmore” adopts the alternative electronic sound of more recent Bon Iver output.
Purple Mountains — Purple Mountains
Indie rock hero David Berman ended Silver Jews in 2009, but earlier this year, he came back out of nowhere with a new band called Purple Mountains. In a recent interview, he said he has two hopes for the album: That “the music will not bother or disgust other people who are in earshot when it’s played” due to his divisive vocal style, and “that it gets to those isolated individuals who really are bound to like it.”
Joanna Sternberg — Then I Try Some More
The newcomer is a signee of Conor Oberst’s label Team Love, so right off the back, there’s a credible indie co-sign. Sternberg establishes themself as a unique and captivating talent on songs like “This Is Not Who I Want To Be,” a piano ballad led by her idiosyncratic voice. Uproxx’s Philip Cosores described the song as “a poignant look at addiction with just the right balance of regret and reflection.”
The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Since The Lion King remake was announced, fans have been waiting to hear Beyonce and Donald Glover’s contributions to the soundtrack. Sure enough, the full OST is here, and it delivers. Aside from Beyonce and Glover pairing up on the classic “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” the soundtrack also features an original Beyonce tune, “Spirit.”
Big KRIT — K.R.I.T. Iz Here
It’s only been a few months since Big KRIT’s surprise EP Thrice X, but he’s already back with another. One of the highlights on K.R.I.T. Iz Here is “Prove It,” which features KRIT touching on racism, legacy, and social inequality, while Cole goes into storytelling mode and shares the sad tale of Felicia, an early supporter of his.
Blood Orange — Angel’s Pulse
Dev Hynes apparently makes a lot more music than he releases, and sometimes opts to record it and give tapes away on the street or otherwise distribute it in odd and low-key ways. Now he has decided to release one of these collections as a new mixtape, Angel’s Pulse. The tape is a spiritual successor to Negro Swan, and it features tracks like the groovy “Baby Florence.”
Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.