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 long-awaited debut EP from viral sensation Lil Nas X, as well as posthumous tracks from Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Lil Nas X — 7
Lil Nas X hasn’t been a star for long, but he’s already become one of the biggest. The most significant question mark surrounding him post-“Old Town Road” was if he had another hit in him. Based on 7 cuts like “Panini” and the Cardi B-featuring “Rodeo,” it sure seems like he does.
88-Keys — “That’s Life” (Feat. Mac Miller and Sia)
Last week, the first posthumous verse from Mac Miller came via a new The Free Nationals track, but he played more of a supporting role on the song. On his second posthumous song, 88-Keys’ “That’s Life,” Miller takes the lead. The upbeat, soulful instrumental is the perfect home for Miller, and he sings on the track, “Yeah, I know it seem a little bit strange sometimes, yeah yeah / Everybody live a little, everybody die, yeah yeah.”
Mark Ronson — Late Night Feelings
Mark Ronson is a master collaborator and producer, and he stretches all those muscles on his latest record. The star-studded breakup album features the likes of Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello, Angel Olsen, and King Princess, among others. Read our review of Late Night Feelings here.
Spider Loc — “Count On You” (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)
This posthumous verse from Nipsey Hussle actually managed to fly under the radar a little, probably because Spider Loc is a surprising collaborator, and because Hussle is actually credited as “Naybahood Nip.” Hussle’s verse is reflective, as he raps about fallen friends, his own complicated past, and how he managed to thrive in spite of that past.
Hatchie — Keepsake
Hatchie is tough to pin down, which is what makes her one of 2019’s finest indie pop acts. One minute, she’ll be putting out dreamy pop like “Stay With Me,” and the next, she’ll be dropping dark new wave gems like “Without A Blush.” It’s this versatility and the ability to do it all well that makes Hatchie one to watch.
Black Midi — Schlagenheim
Speaking of enigmas: It takes a lot for an alternative math-rock group to break into the indie mainstream, but Black Midi have done it. The mysterious UK group just released their anticipated debut album, and it’s a gorgeous mess. Tracks like the album-opening “953” sound like punk chaos, while “Speedway” modernizes The Velvet Underground’s rebellious spirit.
Read our review of Schlagenheim here.
Nicki Minaj — “Megatron”
The first day of summer was this past Friday, which made it the perfect day for Nicki Minaj to drop her new single, “Megatron.” The track has a tropical dancehall-inspired sound, and she asserts her authority and embraces her villainy with the line, “They call me Megatron, shorty’s a mega con / It ain’t about the race either, it’s a marathon.”
Gucci Mane — Delusions Of Grandeur
Gucci Mane’s previous album, Evil Genius, came out back in December, and he didn’t waste any time with its follow-up. His second album in the past half-year or so is highlighted by a pair of high-profile collaborations: The Meek Mill-featuring “Backwards,” which also got the debauched hip-hop video treatment, and his Justin Bieber collab “Computer Love,” in which the pair look for online connections.
Mannequin Pussy — Patience
Mannequin Pussy recently picked a bit of a fight with Greta Van Fleet, and while you don’t have to pick sides, you must acknowledge that MP has just as much rock greatness in them. They also prefaced the album with an aesthetic horror-style video for “Cream,” an adrenaline-fueled romp.
Bedouine — Bird Songs Of A Killjoy
Bedouine has followed up her 2017 self-titled album, proving in the process that her brilliant tender folk record was no fluke. Bedouine can get thoughtful on songs like “One More Time,” while songs like “Echo Park” can spawn from literal jokes. Either way, it’s serious fun.
Read our interview with Bedouine here.
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