Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
RTJ4 – Run The Jewels
On their fourth installment, Killer Mike and El-P are back to tune up the ruling class and the racist police state, this time streamlining the process and settling into their most natural rhythm. RTJ4 begins at war with the police. The titular duo—Killer Mike and El-P—work to evade a swarming force of militant cops. They draw the mob in. They shoot back. They escape. It is a fantasy. The reality comes later.
On this debut, Muzz play with a warm classic rock vibe that calls to mind the crackling of vinyl as the needle drops. Opener ‘Bad Feeling’ features angelic vocals, keys and horns, while ‘Evergreen’ boasts waltzing psychedelia; it’s Flaming Lips with a little more subtlety. The rattling Americana of album highlight ‘Red Western Sky’ establishes the record as a widescreen adventure: “Send the dust in to me, send the rest to me / Sitting lonely shapes, like we’re infinite,” Banks sings.
2020 Riots: How Many Times (single) Trey Songz
Per Rolling Stone:
Trey Songz shines a light on police brutality and institutionalized racism on his new track “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” the singer’s response to the police killing of George Floyd. “Three or four nights ago I woke up in the middle of my sleep…I couldn’t sleep. My chest was hurting. I got up and called my producer, Troy Taylor and I said ‘We’ve got to make music that really touches the soul, that really addresses what the world is feeling right now. Especially our people,’” Songz said in a statement. “So we came up with ‘2020 Riots: How Many Times.’ With the words in this song I just wanted to speak to everyone’s hearts and acknowledge the pain and anguish everyone is going through right now. I know this ain’t usually my message and you’re not used to hearing this from me, but this is the person I’ve always been.”
Ur So F’n Cool (single) – Tones and I
Per Thomas Bleach:
‘Ur So Fucking Cool’ has been a fan favourite in her set for the past eight months thanks to her candid storytelling which details a lousy Los Angeles superstar party where superficial conversation was the only thing on the menu. Left craving an actual connection, she wrote this song, and it’s one of her best yet. “Walk into a party, feeling out of place. Everyone’s too cool, everyone’s too fake. I try to start a conversation but I can’t seem to relate. Yo, I’m about to get an Uber. Cause you’re so fucking cool” she honestly sings. Layered with dark and brooding production, it follows in the footsteps of ‘Bad Child’ and shows a different side to her artistry. The pulsating synths are glitchy and cool which ironically fits in with the lyrical inception.
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