Music releases continue to fly at us a mile a minute, but while you’re out here compiling your mid-year best of, we’re here to help expose you to some things you may have overlooked. Take a gander at these album releases below that you might have missed.
For the Soul in you: Lady Midnight “Death Before Mourning”
If you took Sade, FKA Twigs, and Björk, and blended their respective styles, you’d get Lady Midnight. An audibly otherworldly experience, “Death Before Mourning” shines brightly when it needs to, but it’s on jams like “P((o))wr” and “Xotgun” where they lead revolutions and calm the soul at the same damn time.
For the 90s Hip Hop Aficionado: Zilla Rocca “‘96 Mentality”
Borrowing its title loosely from Wu-Tang affiliate Cappadonna, Philly’s own unsung hero Zilla Rocca comes through with a quick burst of simple and effective jams that will have you going back in the days exchanging mixtapes with your closest homies to pop in the tape deck.
For the Coke Rap Connoisseur: Benny The Butcher “The Plugs I Met”
Benny The Butcher coming back and suffocating listeners with a new EP shortly after last year’s fantastic “Tana Talk 3” as Benny delivers his strongest effort yet with appearances to make everyone happy, such as Black Thought’s appearance on “Crowns for Kings,” or Pusha T on “18 Wheeler.”
For the Avant Garde: Dua Saleh “Nūr”
Minneapolis continues to have a yearly musical renaissance, and the new EP “Nūr” adds to it by weaving a rich tapestry of experimental structures and transformative soundscapes that allows Dua’s voice to shine brightly over the project’s 21 minute runtime.