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The 10 projects you should stream right now

New projects from Big Thief, Jazmine Sullivan, Empath, and more.

February 11, 2022
The 10 projects you should stream right now Big Thief. Photo by Alexa Viscius  
Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
The 10 projects you should stream right now

It's never a long wait between projects from the Big Thief camp, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is the band's fifth album since 2016 (not including the three projects from songwriter Adrienne Lenker, Abysskiss, Songs, and Instrumentals). "Time Escaping," one of the several songs released from the 20-track project, was playlisted on Songs You Need.

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Jazmine Sullivan, Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe
The 10 projects you should stream right now

The original version of Heaux Tales was The FADER's fourth favorite album of 2021, and the R&B singer's back for more. The deluxe has five new tracks (five of which are skits) and five new songs, including the previously released "Tragic."

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Kim Petras, Slut Pop
The 10 projects you should stream right now

Slut Pop is a sidebar from Kim Petras' upcoming album. On the seven new tracks sporting titles like "Throat Goat" and "Treat Me Like A Slut," the pop artist preaches unapologetic sexual empowerment.

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Shamir, Heterosexuality
The 10 projects you should stream right now

Shamir's newest album is full of bubbly synth-pop and sway-ready indie rock with a simmering urgency. “I think this album is me finally acknowledging my trauma," Shamir says in a press statement. "Everyone knows I’ve been through so much shit and I kind of just rammed through, without really acknowledging the actual trauma that I do feel on almost a daily basis.”

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Alto Arc, Alto Arc EP
The 10 projects you should stream right now

It's been awhile since we've had a good old-fashioned supergroup, and Alto Arc are here to fill the void. The project consists of Deafheaven's lead vocalist George Clarke, make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench, experimental pop genius Danny L Harle, and Trayer Tryon of Hundred Waters. Intrigued yet? Their debut single "Bordello" was one of our favorite rock songs released in January.

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OMBIIGIZI, Sewn Back Together
The 10 projects you should stream right now

OMBIIGIZI (pronounced om-BEE-ga-ZAY) is the enveloping experimental rock duo of Anishnaabe musicians Zoon (who we spoke to back in 2020) and Status/Non Status. Their gorgeous debut album Sewn Together is produced by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Nyles Spencer.

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Empath, Visitor
The 10 projects you should stream right now

Empath's refusal to be categorized help make the Philly band one of the most engaging indie rock acts working today. “We never want to be tied down to one type of song or sound," bandleader Catherine Elicson writes, "and we love all kinds of improvisational music. We try to fit everything we love into each song, and hopefully produce something new and exciting through that process of synthesis.”

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Lil Bean, forever grateful
The 10 projects you should stream right now

Lil Bean served up two well-received rap projects last year, Still Campaignin' and Care Package 4 The Streets. The Bay Area rapper is still in a giving mood with his new tape forever grateful, which enlists ZayBang, Larry June, Mike Sherm, and Rexx Life Rajj.

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$NOT, Ethereal
The 10 projects you should stream right now

The new project from the viral rapper behind hits like "Mean" featuring "Flo Milli," "Tell Em" with Cochise, and "GOSHA" is out today and comes with creative direction by A$AP Rocky's AWGE. Earlier this week Rocky appeared on the album's single "Doja."

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Raveena, Asha's Awakening
The 10 projects you should stream right now

The New York-based pop artist's sophomore project has an intriguing narrative: Asha, a resident of ancient Punjab, travels through time and space to become a princess on a distant planet. "I kind of just wanted to really tap into my confidence, and tap into my bravery as an artist, to take risks," Raveena told NPR of the new project.

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The 10 projects you should stream right now