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The 6 albums you should stream right now

Hear new projects from Madlib, Arlo Parks, Celeste, and more.

January 29, 2021
The 6 albums you should stream right now (L) Madlib. Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images (M) Arlo Parks. Photo by Alex Kurunis. (R) Celeste. Photo by Mia Clark  
Madlib, Sound Ancestors
The 6 albums you should stream right now

The long-awaited new album from Madlib was arranged by Four Tet a.k.a. Kieren Hebden. "We decided to work on this together," Hebden said, "with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine."

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Arlo Parks, Collapsed In Sunbeams
The 6 albums you should stream right now

After months of well-deserved hype and some excellent singles, 20-year-old London-based songwriter Arlo Parks is out with her debut album. "My album is a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it," Parks said in a statement.

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Celeste, Not Your Muse
The 6 albums you should stream right now

Fancy a dose of earth-shattering soul music? Celeste, a songwriter based in England, has you covered. It may have taken awhile for her debut album to arrive — we started writing about her in 2017 after a Lily Allen endorsement — but her talents have kept her on the industry's radar, landing her BBC's coveted Sound of 2020 last year.

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Goat Girl, On All Fours
The 6 albums you should stream right now

The London post-punk band's second album is here. If titles like "P.T.S.Tea" and "Jazz (In The Supermarket) don't pique your interest, maybe the band's appearance on our monthly best rock songs list last year will.

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Fredo, Money Can't Buy Happiness
The 6 albums you should stream right now

The UK rapper's second studio album follows 2019's Third Avenue and the massive U.K. No. 1 "Funky Friday" featuring Dave. Features on Money Can't Buy Happiness include Dave, Summer Walker, and the late Pop Smoke.

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Portrayal of Guilt, We Are Always Alone
The 6 albums you should stream right now

Fair warning: this project is the black sheep of this week's album roundup. Austin's Portrayal of Guilt are jockeying to be 2020's breakout metal band with their latest project, a combination of black metal brutality and post-hardcore melodicism as searing as hydrochloric acid.

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The 6 albums you should stream right now