Grace Ives, Janky Star
Elucid, I Told Bessie
New York City based rapper and producer Elucid is an underground favorite for his contributions to Armand Hammer with billy woods (their project Haram was No. 15 on our Best Albums of 2021 list.) I Told Bessie is named in tribute to Elucid's grandmother, and features Pink Siifu, billy woods, and Quelle Chris.
Joyce Manor, 40 oz. to Fresno
The sixth album from the pop-punk group Joyce Manor arrives today and finds the California trio endeavoring to return to their roots. “This album makes me think of our early tours," the band's Barry Johnson says, "drinking a 40 in the van on a night drive blasting Guided By Voices and smoking cigarettes the whole way to Fresno.”
Neneh Cherry, The Versions
Progressive pop wouldn't look the same without Neneh Cherry, the Swedish artist who broke out in 1989 with "Buffalo Stance." The Versions brings together a selection of the artists she's helped inspire for a collection of covers. Sia, Robyn, Anohni, Greentea Peng, Kelsey Lu, Honey Dijon, Jamila Woods, Sudan Archives, and more all. show up to pay homage to Cherry's catalogue.
The Range, Mercury
Sam Gendel, Superstore
Last year, the California-based producer, jazz artist, and songwriter Sam Gendel shared a 52-track project called Fresh Bread. He's following that up today with a more modest 32 tracks on Superstore. His new project is his second of the year after Live A Little, a collaboration with his partner's 11-year-old sister Antonia Cytrynowicz.
Father, Young Hot Ebony 2
Father, the rapper and co-founder of the influential Atlanta music collective Awful Records, announced his new album Young Hot Ebony 2 just this week. The new tape sports "Let's Kick His Ass!" a single released in 2021 featuring Zack Fox and Archibald Slim, plus appearances from Tony Shhnow and Meltycanon.