Kaytranada, Intimidated EP
2020 saw the release of Bubba, the sophomore project from influential Montreal-based producer Kaytranada. The project won Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2021 Grammys as well as the Best Dance Recording award for "10%" featuring Kali Uchis. The new three-track EP Intimidated features more collaborations: Mach-Hommy, Thundercat, and H.E.R. all appear.
Perhaps you've heard of her? Adele's fourth album comes six years after 25 took the already hugely popular singer to stratospheric new heights. Inspired by Adele's divorce, 30 is co-produced by Adele and Greg Kurstin. Its lead single "Easy on Me" broke Spotify's record for most streams in a single day soon after its release.
Gud & Rx Papi, Foreign Exchange
Rx Papi has had a breakout year with his aggressive and confessional stream-of-consciousness lyricism showcased on the solo projects 100 Miles & Walk'in and Pap Vs. The World. His latest project Foreign Exchange is produced entirely by Gud, the Swedish artist best known as a beatmaker for Yung Lean's Sad Boys.
Bby Kodie, Emotions Running High
His remix of Kelis's "Milkshake" has conquered TikTok a couple of times, but Houston's Bby Kodie has the ambitions and talent beyond your average flash in the pan. Emotions Running High is his debut full-length for Motown, and was announced with the loosie single "Children."
Mr Twin Sister, Al Mundo Azul
Al Mundo Azul is the fourth album from the indie-pop project Mr Twin Sister and follow-up to 2018's Salt. “We wanted to flip stylistic switches to their opposite positions," the band's Gabel D’Amico said in a statement. "Immediacy over complexity, alien sounds over natural ones, loose playing over perfect takes. A bright record to come after all the nighttime music we’ve made.”
Jessy Lanza, DJ-Kicks mix
The collaboration we've been waiting on: Canadian-born electronic pop wizard Jessy Lanza and the long-running DJ-Kicks series. The two-disc event contains a clutch of previously unheard Lanza tunes, some of the first new songs we've heard since her 2020 project All The Time.