Horse Jumper of Love, Natural Part
Boston slowcore trio Horse Jumper of Love sound both as dreamlike and as empathetic as their name implies on their third studio LP. “It’s melancholy in the most appropriate way,” bassist John Margaris writes in the band’s track-by-track breakdown of the record. He’s referring to its closing cut, but the comment equally applies to the entire project.
Flasher, Love Is Yours
Flasher have unshackled themselves from the strictures of post-punk. On their sophomore LP, Love Is Yours, the D.C.-founded but currently bicoastal duo of Taylor Mulitz and Emma Baker expand on their electric 2018 debut LP, Constant Image for a more well-rounded listen. Check out their track-by-track breakdown of the new record.
Drake, Honestly, Nevermind
Champagne Papi is back with a surprise follow-up to last year’s Certified Lover Boy. On his surprise-released seventh solo studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, Drake is as moody as ever, musing on serial monogamy (“Falling Back”), breakups (“Texts Go Green”), and much more.
Kevin Gates, Khaza
Kevin Gates‘ third studio album is a compendium of his personas from the last three years. From the silly swagger of the viral Juicy J collab “Thinking With My Dick” to the spiritual catharsis of “Big Lyfe” to the stone-cold confidence of “Intro,” Khaza has something for every type of Kevin Gates fan.
Perfume Genius, Ugly Season
Perfume Genius’ sixth studio LP began as the accompaniment for a dance piece, and earlier this week, parts of it were used to soundtrack a surreal short film. It’s an initially jarring step in a different direction from his past work, but not a wrong one. but. It’s dubby, disjointed, and ethereal in all the right ways.
Yaya Bey, Remember Your North Star
Remember Your North Star, the latest album from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Yaya Bey, arrives a little over a year after her EP The Things I Can’t Take With Me. Speaking about the album, Bey recalled reading a tweet that said "Black women have never seen healthy love or have been loved in a healthy way" and that this album serves as her “thesis.” “Even though we need to be all these different types of women, ultimately we do want love: love of self and love from our community. The album is a reminder of that goal,” she says. Remember Your North Star was co-produced alongside Phony Ppl’s Aja Grant and Washington D.C. producer DJ Nativesun and includes previously released singles “keisha” and “alright.”
In 2021, Tirzah was a FADER cover star and released one of our favorite albums of the year — the woozy, cryptic Colourgrade. On her new remix project, Highgrade, she hands the songs from that record over to some of the most prominent figures at the intersection of experimental and popular electronic music and let’s them run with the music.