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 a 17-track effort from Post Malone and Camila Cabello launching a new era with a pair of singles. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Post Malone — Hollywood’s Bleeding
Hollywood’s Bleeding came with little warning, but now Post Malone’s latest is here. On the record, he explores a variety of genres. Yes, there’s the hip-hop he’s known for on tracks like the Meek Mill- and Lil Baby-featuring “On The Road” (among others), but he also dabbles more in rock on the groove-led single “Circles.” Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising track of all, though, is “Take What You Want,” which features both Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott.
Camila Cabello — “Shameless” and “Liar”
It’s a good time to be Camila Cabello right now: She recently had the No. 1 song in the country, she’s getting ready to perform on the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, and now she has a new album on the way. She previewed the record with a pair of songs that show off her versatility: While “Liar” is a poppy, reggaeton-influenced track, “Shameless” is an emotional number that builds up to a big bass-heavy drop.
Charli XCX — “February 2017” feat. Clairo and Yaeji
Charli XCX’s parade of guest-featuring singles continued last week with her latest, “February 2017.” She recruited Clairo and Yaeji to bring their alternative energies to the track, and the result was an intriguing downtempo single that accomplishes a lot in under three minutes. Charli was certainly happy to work with the two, saying, “Collaborating with Yaeji and Clairo was really fun and unique. We are all very different artists but coming together on this song felt so special and right. […] I enjoy both of their music so much. I’m happy we have this song together.”
Grimes — “Violence”
Grimes started at a “crack den in Montreal” (according to her new press bio) and now she’s here, on the verge of releasing another album. She previewed it with “Violence,” a collaboration with producer i_o that is in her synthy pop wheelhouse. The track has a driving beat, Grimes’ ethereal vocals, and an indication that Grimes’ “final earth album” (as she called it) could be something great.
Earthgang — Mirrorland
The duo of Olu and Doctur Dot have established themselves as a talented and eclectic entity, and those qualities are on full display on their latest full-length. The duo incorporate vintage soulful influences with the sounds of modern hip-hop and trap, making what could ultimately be considered a bridge between hip-hop eras. The record is inspired by The Wiz, a film adaptation of The Wizard Of Oz-based musical, and that fact alone illustrates how ambitiously and independently these two think.
King Princess — “Ain’t Together”
After several indications that it was coming, King Princess finally officially confirmed that her upcoming album Cheap Queen will be released soon by sharing a firm release date. That announcement was also accompanied by “Ain’t Together,” an emotional ballad that, as King Princess put it, is perfect for any occasion, including a “wedding, funeral, corporate function, lesbian seance.” The track has a co-sign from Father John Misty as well, as he plays drums on it.
Stormzy — “Sounds Of The Skeng”
Stormzy linked up with producer Sir Spyro (who recently remixed Stormzy’s Ed Sheeran collaboration “Take Me Back To London“) for his latest single. On the new track, Stormzy shows off his exemplary flow as he reminds the world why he’s a grime legend: “”N**** I am Mr. Skeng, spot the difference / Big Mike, don’t need no assistance / So please give a n**** some distance / Name a n**** that’s this consistent.” Although he hasn’t announced it yet, it appears Stormzy is readying an album, and based on the advanced tastes of it, it’s shaping up to be a good one.
Rico Nasty — “Fashion Week”
The 2019 XXL Freshman has a thing for fashion, a point she makes clear on her latest drop, “Fashion Week.” She gives a lot of love to luxury fashion house Maison Margiela, as she repeats the name several times on the chorus. Clocking in at barely over two minutes, “Fashion Week” is a simple quick-hit that’s catchier than a song that says “Maison Margiela” this many times ought to be.
Danny Brown — “Dirty Laundry”
Danny Brown announced his upcoming album Uknowhatimsayin and described it as his “version of a stand-up comedy album,” which makes sense when you look at the video for lead single “Dirty Laundry.” A costumed Brown is a taxi driver who is about as unique as Brown’s brand of alternative hip-hop is, and the song and video go to show that Brown isn’t afraid to do his own thing.
IDK — Is He Real?
IDK earned plenty of clout with the handful of mixtapes he has released since 2014, but now he has arrived with his major label debut, Is He Real?. Unlike a lot of modern hip-hop albums that go on for a while, IDK’s latest is a concise 35 minutes, and he works a lot into that time too. That includes guest appearances from DMX, JID, Tyler The Creator, Pusha T, and others.
Read our review of Is He Real? here.
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