New Friday, new music. We’ve got a suburban love story, a full-length from a Bay Area legend, some liberation, some live instrumentation, and some blessings. Walk with us.
Kevin Abstract – American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
The genre-bending left turn album is undeniably one of 2016’s biggest waves, but Kevin Abstract has always been there.
American Boyfriend is a trip through suburban melancholy that refuses to be pinned down, with swirls of Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, and Tame Impala mixed in for good measure. This one’s a keeper.
E-40 – The D-Boy Diary
What do you do when a legend like E-40 drops a 44-track album? The D-Boy Diary is a weekend length project jam-packed with features and plenty of bars.
6LACK – Free 6LACK
6LACK (pronounced “Black”) is one of Atlanta’s most enigmatic figures. Beyond signing to an unknown label, there’s little out there that his debut album Free 6LACK can’t tell you. This is an artist coming into their own freedom on record, and the sounds are aptly bold.
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
“Uptown Funk” still hasn’t left my head, but Bruno Mars has finally come out of hiding with a brand-new full-length. That strong blend of old-school funk and new school pop/R&B is the backbone of 24K Magic, an undeniably infectious love letter to music.
Marv Won – Soundtrack of Autumn
Even if it doesn’t feel like it, autumn is here; and Marv Won’s got just the tunes you need for the season.
Termanology – More Politics
Politics have a death grip on American life, one that Termanology wants to use to his advantage. Term’s got a lot on his mind, and he’s got the boom-bap and the guests (Styles P, KXNG Crooked, Joey Bada$$, Bun B) to break it all down.
Lando Chill – The Madera Canyon EP
Lando Chill already wowed us with his smoothly genre-defying debut For Mark, Your Son from earlier this year, but Mello Music Group’s newest signee is already working on his second album. This mini-project, dropped earlier this week, is a peek at Lando and his live band bringing swing and showmanship to songs both old and new.
AK of The Underachievers – Blessings In The Grey 2
After some years together, The Underachievers are off making solo projects. AK is the first out the gate with the sequel to his 2014 project Blessings In The Grey, and if the cover wasn’t enough, you can expect more of the same psychedelic vibes that are customary to any UA project.
Jorja Smith – Project 11
Some R&B grooves coming your way from London yet again. Jorja Smith has a soul-tinged croon that your ears shouldn’t be missing out on, especially if you’re into live R&B instrumentation.
Anonymuz – Vice City
If that album cover isn’t a classic good vs. evil struggle, I don’t know what is. Anonymuz’s newest project has been two years in the making, and every bit of soul searching and debauchery he’s been involved in since then is right here on record. Vice City oozes a passion akin to EarthGang or The Underachievers that you need to hear to believe.
brandUn DeShay – goldUn Child: 2
DeShay has a stable of self-produced projects to his name and beats all across the spectrum from Currne$y and Danny Brown to SZA and Mega Ran/Sammus. He’s back with the second installment in his goldUn Child series, yet another step in DeShay’s eternal guessing game.
General Steele – Building Bridges
General Steele, one half of the legendary Smif-N-Wessun and founding member of the Boot Camp Clik, presents his labor of love Building Bridges. It’s not quite a solo project as he is joined by VVs Verbal playing the Ghostface to his Raekwon over production by Vermont producer Es-K. The lead single and video “Persistence” is a potent sampling of what to expect across all twelve tracks. Keep a shot of your favorite brown liquor close when the late Sean Price comes floating over “Unforgettable.”
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