Trying to keep up with this week’s new music? Every Friday, we collect new albums available on streaming services on one page. This week, check out Aminé and Kaytranada's Kaytraminé, Reflections by Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres & Conor Hanick, Mandy, Indiana's I've Seen a Way, and more.
KAYTRAMINÉ (KAYTRANADA & Aminé), KAYTRAMINÉ
The debut full-length collaboration from the influential Montreal-born producer KAYTRANADA and Portland rapper Aminé has its roots nearly a decade ago with Aminé's unofficial remix of KAYTRANADA's song "At All." The track lead to KAYTRANADA contributing beats on the 2015 Aminé project Calling Brio, helping lead to today's album featuring Pharrell, Freddie Gibbs, Amaarae, Snoop Dogg, and Big Sean.
Mandy, Indiana, I’ve Seen a Way
The Manchester cold rave band (think post-punk, Throbbing Gristle, and a sprinkle of techno white labels from the dingiest recesses of Berghain) share their debut album today. I’ve Seen a Way was recorded "in caves, crypts and shopping malls," according to a press release, and you really get the sense of those spaces from the music. “We wanted to alter textures, create clashes, and craft those moments when what you’re expecting to happen never comes,” the band's Scott Fair says.
Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres, and Conor Hanick, Reflections
Reflections is a composition written by Sufjan Stevens for a ballet of the same name, choreographed by Justin Peck for the Houston Ballet in 2019. Today's album release enlists the pianists Timo Andres and Conor Hanick, but don't expect to hear whatever your notions of "piano music" are. “A lot of the work that I compose is anachronistic as it doesn't follow a genealogy of aesthetic," Stevens says in a press release. "It can be a cornucopia of styles.”
bar italia, Tracey Denim
bar italia create underground indie rock as seen through dark sunglasses (worn indoors and at night, of course). After celebrated releases on Dean Blunt's World Music, the London trio move to Matador for Tracey Denim, sporting the singles "changer," "punkt," and "Nurse!," a Song You Need.
Kesha, Gag Order
Kesha Rose Sebert's fifth studio album, produced by Rick Rubin, dabbles with electroclash-gospel mash-ups ("Only Love Can Save Us Now"), sparse avant-pop balladry ("Fine Line"), and drone-splashed cautionary tales ("Don't Eat The Acid"). "An artist doesn’t exist to make others happy," she wrote in an album manifesto. "I believe an artist gives voice, motion, colour to the emotions we all have."
Horse Jumper of Love, Heartbreak Rules
Less than one year out from 2022's Natural Part, Horse Jumper of Love are back with a new one. The trio's frontman Dimitri Giannopoulos wrote and recorded the entire project by himself, penning eight new songs, remixing two Natural Part tracks, and trying his hand at a cover of "Luna" by the Smashing Pumpkins.
Salami Rose Joe Louis, Akousmatikous
Big Thief collides with Erykah Badu and new-gen funk on the spirited and slinkily psychedelic latest from the Brainfeeder singer-songwriter. By the way, it's pronounced Ah-coooz-mat-e-koi. The project's narrative — which follows "a fictional post-apocalyptic keyboard-toting earthling" — was inspired by multiverses and climate change. The title track and "Propaganda" featuring Brijean came with the album's announcement in March.
Summer Walker, Clear 2: Soft Life EP
Atlanta R&B superstar Summer Walker shares a sequel to 2019's Clear EP. Writing on Instagram, Walker said that recording the EPs are "the only time I actually have fun making music. It’s raw it’s real it’s live." Childish Gambino features the one song "New Type," and Solange and Steve Lacy co-produce with John Kirby for the album closer "Agayu’s Revelation." Those who prefer the more polished Summer Walker "will get y’all auto tune packed radio joints when the album come out," she said.
The Tuareg group's newest album — their ninth — searches for the sonic connection between desert blues and the country music of the United States. In March, The FADER's Raphael Helfand called the song “Tenere Den” "a continuation of both the desert blues sound they pioneered and the revolutionary message they’ve always held close." Just last November, the group reissued their debut album Kel Tinariwen.
Mega Bog, End of Everything
In 2020, Erin Elizabeth Birgy took one look at the world's cascading collapses and decided it was time for one more wildly vivid art-pop album. Tracks like "Don't Doom Me, Now" and the Songs You Need-playlisted "The Clown" pulse with hope, defiance, and some of the classiest synths you've heard so far this year.