Lianne La Havas, Lianne La Havas
The third project from the British soul songwriter tracks an interior journey. Speaking to Apple Music in May, she said: "For me, it kind of just paints a picture of my last few years and all the changes in my personal life that happened, and [a] lot of growing up, a lot of learning about myself. So I see this album as kind of the story of how I got here."
Blu & Exile, Miles
Laraaji, Sun Piano
Laraaji is best known for albums like Day of Radiance and Vision Songs, Vol. 1, projects where the new age multi-instrumentalist uses his zither as a device of healing as much as to transmit sound. While his musical range was apparent on the collection Celestial Music 1978-2011, the energy Laraaji brings to the piano on his new record Sun Piano reveals a new wrinkle to his talents.
Nicolas Jaar, Telas
Today is actually the second release day for Jaar's third album of 2020. Earlier this week, the producer shared Telas in its "liquid state" via a website. Today, the project sees its "solid state" release. Jaar's previous 2020 releases have been Cenizas, released under his own name, and 2017-2019, a collection shared as Against All Logic.
The Chicks, Gaslighter
Back before the right-wing somehow successfully convinced a sizeable amount of people that their free speech was being repressed, they were canceling folks like The Dixie Chicks for saying, in effect, that George W. Bush was a trash president. Now, The Chicks are back with a less offensive name and their first new album in 14 years with superproducer Jack Antonoff (Lana Del Rey, Lorde).
Crack Cloud, Pain Olympics
The long-awaited debut from one of post-punk's most exciting demands doesn't disappoint. The Vancouver-based collective spent over two years writing and recording the project, and have turned in a meticulous sonic collage that leaves no ambition unfulfilled. Stunning work.
Pink Sweat$, The Prelude
Gang Of Four, Anti Hero
If I were a superstitious person, I'd think that the tragic and untimely death of Gang of Four frontman Andy Gill in February was the event that sent 2020 crashing down. Any music that even glides around the edges of the "post-punk" subgenre owes a debt to Gill and Gang of Four, who are together again for the new EP, Anti Hero. Two brand new songs and two re-recordings, the tracklist was recorded prior to Gills passing; Gang of Four's net profits will be donated to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Bing & Ruth, Species
London producer Darren Cunningham released his new album 88 as only he can: as a free download shared on a website accessible only with a secret code (fine, the password is "fate with love") . The release is a single 49-minute track, and comes with a digital booklet hinting at another future Actress release, the long-promised Karma & Desire. According to Actress's label Ninja Tune, it's out this October. Read our interview with Actress here.