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The 8 projects you should stream right now.

New albums from Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin, and more.

September 10, 2021
The 8 projects you should stream right now. Baby Keem. Photo by Anthony Blue Jr.  
Baby Keem, The Melodic Blue
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

Keem's third full-length is his first for Kendrick Lamar's company pgLang. Its single "family ties" will probably end up being one of my favorite rap songs of the year, and the tracklist also features Travis Scott and Don Toliver.

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Kacey Musgraves, star-crossed
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

Country-pop artist Kacey Musgraves, whose previous effort Golden Hour won the Grammy for Album of the Year, returns. star-crossed was written and recorded in the wake of Musgraves's divorce from Ruston Kelly. "I have to remind myself that that's one of the strongest things you can do is to be witness being vulnerable," she told Apple Music. "So just trying to lean into that, and all the emotions that come with that."

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J Balvin, JOSE
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

Just a year out from his massive album Colores, Reggaeton superstar J Balvin returns with a new album. Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Ozuna, Khalid, Skrillex, and many more feature across the album's two-dozen tracks.

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박혜진 Park Hye Jin, Before I Die
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

South Korean artist and producer 박혜진 Park Hye Jin has shared a number of stylistically distinct songs in the lead-up to Before I Die. There was the downbeat, Nujabes-esque production of "I Need You," the punk-infused trap of "Y DON'T U," a skittering house bop called "Let's Sing Let's Dance," and "Whatchu Doin Later," full of kick explosions and jazzy piano loops. Listen below and see how they stream into one another.

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Low, HEY WHAT
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

Low emerged as titans of alternative rock in the '90s and haven't stopped releasing challenging, distinctive music. HEY WHAT comes three years after the amazing Double Negative and features "Disappearing," an ostensible shoegaze song with subgenre-defying harmonies.

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King Krule, You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

Before the pandemic, King Krule had a big tour lined up behind his recent album Man Alive!. Most of those shows didn't happen, but the few gigs that the London-based singer-songwriter was able to perform were recorded for a new live album, out today.

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Deb Never, Where Have All The Flowers Gone? EP
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

The Los Angeles musician surfs the borders of SoundCloud rap, '90s indie rock, and bedroom pop, and future electro in her new eight-song project. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? boasts production from underground pop auteurs Jim-E-Stack and Jam City. Revisit her 2019 GEN F profile here.

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Yebba, Dawn
The 8 projects you should stream right now.

Dawn, the debut album from West Memphis's Yebba, comes after years of remarkable collaborations. She shared the 2019 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance with PJ Morton for "How Deep Is Your Love," sang for Mark Ronson on Late Night Feelings, and even worked with Drake on the song "Yebba's Heartbreak" on Certified Love Boy.

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The 8 projects you should stream right now.