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.
Extinction Level Event 2: Wrath of God – Busta Rhymes
Serving as his 10th studio album, ELE 2 is the sequel to the classic Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front that provided the world with memorable records like “Gimme Some More,” “What’s It Gonna Be” with the legendary Janet Jackson and more. The apocalyptic predictions in the initial Extinction Level Event were a tad bit early, but with Extinction Level Event 2, Busta Bust is doubling down to the core. The New York MC made sure this body of work was special as he joined forces with a number of profound artists: Bell Biv DeVoe, Q-Tip, Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and more. In addition, Busta broke a 2020 barrier as he successfully got Kendrick Lamar on the album for his very first album placement of the year.
Positions – Ariana Grande
Positions, Ariana Grande’s sixth studio album, is yet another entry in a body of work that more often than not finds itself at the direct intersection of grand theatricality and pure, enthusiastic horniness. The album is a fantastical fairytale journey into Ariana’s depraved mind, all lush violins, sparkling whistle tones, stacked harmonies, and novelistic descriptions of a quarantine that seems to have been spent primarily fucking. It’s Judy Garland by way of Red Tube, or what might have happened had Julie Andrews loved to 69. In between the lengthy paragraphs of erotic fanfiction about herself and her realtor boyfriend, Ariana also sings movingly about her fear of letting go, of learning to love another person after her cataclysmic couple of years. But she’s also funny as hell on Positions: Ariana puns joyfully, pokes fun at her own image, sweetly asks a series of unidentified people to “shut up,” encourages a lover not to be afraid to run his hands through her famous fake ponytail, and plays fluidly with genre conventions, evoking Old Hollywood musicals one moment and going full “Would You Mind”-era Janet Jackson the next.
Halloween IX – RL Grime
Grime’s Halloween mix has grown into a VIP collection of the newest and best in trap for the next 12 months. Halloween VIII lived up to the hype. RL brought unreleased collabs with Whethan and up and comers from his label like Juelz and Montell2099. In Halloween 8 RL Grime mixed the first play on tracks from Hex Cougar, Baauer, and more. View the full track-list.
As fans of all electronic genres, we realize how important Halloween 8 is for trap. This year’s edition is especially important. It has the spooky Halloween vibes that you crave mixed with brilliant and terrifying trap music.
The Great Dismal – Nothing
Crushing sonic purges are nothing new to Philadelphia band Nothing. Their last album, 2018’s’ ‘Dance On The Blacktop’, was a blast of scouring fuzz; rough, intense, and deeply personal. On ‘The Great Dismal’, however, those great waves of sound are even heftier, their edges sharpened to a finer point. The guitars are richer and more densely layered, the drums more pummelling, everything bathed in a blaring, otherworldly wash of noise.
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