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 sees the release of new records from hip-hop stars Vince Staples and Takeoff, the anticipated new single from pop queen Carly Rae Jepsen, and the hilarious album/film from rock comedians Tenacious D. Yeah, it was a pretty great week for music. Check out the highlights below.
Vince Staples — FM!
When Vince Staples says something, the world listens. This goes for his outspoken media presence, his hilarious Twitter feed, and, most of all, his consistently excellent recording output. Leave it to Vince to offer up another great record (though not his official next album) with little rollout, paying homage to Green Day with his album cover and featuring the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Kamaiyah, Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign, Jay Rock, and Tyga.
Takeoff — The Last Rocket
The year of the Migos continues. Following a massive release with the group and a solo album from Quavo, the second Migos solo album arrives. In previewing the record, our own Aaron Williams noted “if he’s going to live up to the Klay Thompson comparison Quavo made in the wake of Thompson’s incredible 53-point performance recently, he’ll have to be just as efficient, choosing his shots carefully — and making each and every one of them count.”
Tenacious D — Post-Apocalypto
In my recent interview with Tenacious D, the duo revealed that their new film/album isn’t just about the impending end of the world. “I think the message of the movie is that there is always hope,” Jack Black said, with Kyle Gass adding, “Even after annihilation by jackasses, there is still hope.” But don’t worry, it’s still got plenty of humor and drums by Dave Grohl to soften the weighty message.
Action Bronson — White Bronco
Action Bronson may be moving on from his relationship with Vice, but the rapper is set to prove that he needed them a lot less than they needed him. ASAP Rocky pops up on the album and it features production from Party Supplies, Harry Fraud, and Knxwledge on his first record since 2015’s Mr. Wonderful.
Pistol Annies — Interstate Gospel
Country artists Miranda Lamber, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley come together once again for their supergroup Pistol Annies. As Uproxx’s Caitlin White notes in her review of the record, they “have written a collection of songs that target the experience of those underserved populations with countrypolitan sass. The divorced, the townies and the women of the world deserve anthems of anger, renewal, and grace just as much as any collective on the planet — and might need them more than anyone else just to survive.”
The Tracks — Treasured Memories
Los Angeles rockers The Tracks offer up a debut album that feels as vital as any rock record of late. As I wrote in my review, “It’s the urgency of young men who’ve lived a hard life and know to make their moment count. It’s the urgency of Latin Americans who don’t know where their own country is headed and how much longer they have until their whole way of life comes crashing down. It’s the urgency that many of the voices that have dominated indie rock for the past couple decades couldn’t possibly convey out of sheer privilege or just ambivalence”
Carly Rae Jepsen — “Party For One”
There’s a good long chunk of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s highly anticipated new song where fans of the beloved Canadian pop star will wonder if she still has it. But once the verse makes its way to the chorus, Carly Rae is coming back for her crown. It’s every bit as infectious and inspiring as her best work, content at lodging itself in the heads of listeners for the rest of the day or week or lifetime. The master has once again shown up to lay down the pop gauntlet.
Lana Del Rey — “How To Disappear”
The Jack Antonoff collaborations that Lana Del Rey has been releasing in advance of her upcoming album have been among the finest music of her career. Even on this piano ballad, Del Rey seems more comfortable in her own skin than she’s ever been, less interested in referencing the old Hollywood iconography that she often resorts to than referencing herself. Finally, Lana feels bigger than her influences. Her influences, rather, are indebted to her.
Cass McCombs — “Sleeping Volcanos”
Cass McCombs’ quiet brilliance in the indie sphere has gone underappreciated for decades now. And, that’s probably how the notoriously media-shy artist wants it. On his latest, Uproxx’s Caitlin White writes, “It’s a song that spins out with the meditative grace and quiet hypnotism that has long marked his songwriting, managing to reference Armageddon, Babylon, and the beat going on and on all while holding together a cohesive thread.”
King Princess — “P*ssy Is God”
Even with turning down appearances opening for Harry Styles, King Princess can’t avoid their star rising rapidly. With her latest single, Mikaela Straus crafts what Uproxx’s Chloe Gilke calls “a romantic anthem,” filled with sharp humor and hooks for days, proving to be one of the most exciting voices to come out of the pop world this year.