New Music Fridays are quickly becoming the best way to lay out all the new joints hitting your music store (or streaming service) of choice over the course of a week. But this week (May 6), we’ve all got our work cut out for us. No less than 10 new projects dropped today, all of which are worth your money and attention. Whether you’re looking for blissed out electro-soul, hard-hitting glitchy punk rap, heady grooves, or thumping grime, every angle is more or less covered. All we can do is hope that there’s enough hours in the day to listen to them all.
Check the 9 albums worth your time this week.
Kaytranada – 99.9%
The Haitian-Canadian producer has culled a unique synthetic sound over the last six years, but the wait for a proper studio album is finally over today. His well-balanced ear for hip-hop, soul, disco, and R&B along with collabs with Phonte, GoldLink, Syd of The Internet, and Anderson .Paak assure that Kaytranada is reaching 100% of his potential.
Skepta – Konnichiwa
Being one of the UK grime scene’s most prominent artists/label heads has kept Skepta in the spotlight for the last decade. After a long wait, his latest album Konichiwa is ready to get everybody moving – even if he’s unable to get over to the States because of visa problems.
Homeboy Sandman – Kindness For Weakness
Queens’ finest Homeboy Sandman is as consistent and hallowed as cult MCs can possibly be. Since signing with Stones Throw Records back in 2012, the Boy Sand’s built a steadily growing following with ill flows and an uncanny ability to add color to the mundane musing of everyday life. He’s keeping humble with his sixth studio project Kindness For Weakness, more peace of mind from one of the independent scene’s seasoned vets.
JMSN – It Is
JMSN has produced tracks for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Domo Genesis, but his third solo effort (following 2012’s Priscilla and 2014’s self-titled) is another chance for the Albanian-American producer/singer/songwriter to shine.
James Blake – The Colour Of Everything
Who else has stared out of the window on rainy days like today and blown through James Blake’s moody electronic R&B before? The UK producer/vocalist released his first full-length project in three years last night, and it’s more somber food for those rainy days.
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
Did anyone really believe that Death Grips was retiring? The elusive Sacramento trio lured trolled fans by the nose to last year’s double album The Powers That B and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Bottomless Pit is another challenging maelstrom that defies categorization.
De La Soul – For Your Pain & Suffering EP
In case you missed it last week when it was released to Kickstarter backers, De La Soul dropped an EP to apologize for the wait for their eighth album And The Anonymous Nobody, now pushed back to August 26. Two songs from the album (“TrainWreck” and “Beautiful Night”) and two interludes that didn’t make the cut are officially up on the group’s YouTube page. Go get your fix.
Blu & Union Analogtronics – LA Counting
Blu is low-key one of the hardest working MCs in the game and he’s got yet another collab EP out. Working with Union Analogtronics, Blu’s got rhymes to blow your wig back.