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 yet another new Big Thief album, and an unexpected-but-wonderful remix from Pusha T. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Big Thief — Two Hands
Big Thief would have been in the conversation about 2019’s indie elite if they had only released their album U.F.O.F. this year. They didn’t stop there, though, as they just released a second new album, Two Hands, another stunning record that shows off how special this group really is.
Read our review of Two Hands here.
Camila Cabello — “Easy”
Cabello released her latest single just in time to perform it on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and although the song was fresh, she nailed it. The emotional ballad talks about the kind of love that can lead to improved self-loved, a heartfelt topic that motivates Cabello’s tender and powerful vocal performance.
Harry Styles — “Lights Up”
There have been murmurs that Styles is readying his next album, and although he hasn’t confirmed it yet, he has heavily suggested a new one is on the way by dropping his first single since 2017. He previously said his next album is “all about having sex and feeling sad,” and there’s an undeniable element of sex in the video for the song, which includes scenes with Styles shirtless and sweaty in a packed room.
Pusha T — “Puppets (Succession Remix)”
The Succession theme song bumps harder than a lot of this year’s hip-hop, and Pusha T recognized that enough to drop his own remix of the track. The cinematic TV score works well when given a more upfront hip-hop spin, and it’s tremendous fan service for fans of both parties.
Wale — Wow… That’s Crazy
Wale is consistent, having released an album every other year since 2009. His latest, Wow… That’s Crazy, shows off his finest attributes and those of his collaborators, of which there are many. That includes a pair that weren’t initially credited, as last week, he revealed that Rick Ross and Meek Mill joined him on “Routine.”
Gucci Mane — “Tootsies” feat. Lil Baby
Gucci Mane didn’t take it easy going into the weekend: Shortly after dropping the video for his Megan Thee Stallion collab “Big Booty,” he shared another joint effort: The Lil Baby-featuring “Tootsies.” Over a booming, Quay Global-produced beat, the two get boastful on the preview of Gucci’s upcoming album, Woptober II.
Casanova — Behind These Scars
The Brooklyn rapper didn’t show up at Rolling Loud New York this weekend after the NYPD apparently had him and others removed from the lineup, which some believe was due to his supposed gang affiliations. That had no impact on his new album, though, which was released as scheduled and features appearances from Young Thug, Gunna, Jeremih, and others.
FKA Twigs — “Home With You”
FKA Twigs said that “Home With You” is “a record that I’ve written from the heart, and it talks about really just me going home to the suburbs where I’m from in Gloucestershire.” Based on the track, Gloucestershire must be a fascinating place, as “Home With You,” like much of FKA Twigs’ work, is a sonic roller coaster.
Lil TJay — True 2 Myself
The Bronx rapper has gotten his name out there this year with appearances on songs from people like Polo G (“Pop Out“) and French Montana (“Slide,” which also features Blueface). All that and everything before it has led to True 2 Myself, his debut album that includes appearances from Lil rappers Baby, Durk, and Wayne.
Hayley Kiyoko — “Demons”
This one is personal for Kiyoko; She said of it, “I wanted to sing about mental health and battling the inner ‘demons’ many of us struggle with.” It’s a message many are sure to hear, thanks to Kiyoko’s supreme abilities as an elite pop songwriter and performer, which are on full display with “Demons.”
Some artists mentioned are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music.