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The 12 projects you should stream right now

New albums from Beabadoobee, black midi, DJ Premier, Steve Lacy, and more.

July 15, 2022
The 12 projects you should stream right now Beabadoobee. Photo by Erika Kamano  
black midi, Hellfire
The 12 projects you should stream right now

The third LP from the insanely talented lads of black midi picks up where their last record Cavalcade left off, then takes a u-turn and plunges into the depths of their self-created underworld, where the grotesque spectacles of medieval banquets and boxing matches, for instance, are carried gleefully to their most sinister conclusions.

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Beabadoobee, Beatopia
The 12 projects you should stream right now

22-year-old Filipino-British guitarist and singer-songwriter Beatrice Laus alternates between a twinkling zen headspace and a more classically adolescent one, flirting with emo nostalgia but staying fully in her own lane.

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DJ Premier, Hip Hop 50 Vol 1 EP
The 12 projects you should stream right now

DJ Premier is one of hip-hop’s greatest living legends, so it’s only fitting that Mass Appeal has chosen him to strike first in a series of 10 five-track, producer-led tapes to celebrate the genre’s forthcoming 50th anniversary. Hip-Hop 50 Volume 1 features eight rappers from several generations, bonded by their considerable talent, proven dedication to the game, and mutual respect for one of its elder statesmen.

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Steve Lacy, Gemini Rights
The 12 projects you should stream right now

At 24, Steve Lacy already has the chops and maturity of a veteran artist. His new record balances emotional dramas, dance grooves, and unabashed lovemaking music — something for everyone.

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Interpol, The Other Side of Make-Believe
The 12 projects you should stream right now

Paul Banks and Co. return with their seventh LP, blending lush, emotional arrangements with the post-punk chilliness intrepid Interpol fans have grown to expect over the past two decades.

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J-Hope, Jack in the Box
The 12 projects you should stream right now

The first album released by any member of BTS since the hugely popular septet announced an indefinite hiatus last month is a concept project from J-Hope, drawing its title from the Greek Myth of Pandora and the evils she unleashed on the world.

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Rowdy Rebel, Rebel vs. Rowdy
The 12 projects you should stream right now

Bobby Shmurda affiliate Rowdy Rebel delivers a stripped-down Brooklyn drill record, setting his meandering flow against beats that move with military precision.

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Superorganism, World Wide Pop
The 12 projects you should stream right now

With help from a motley features list that includes Stephen Malkmus and CHAI, Superorganism revel in the overwrought but never take themselves too seriously, allowing their earnestly manic arrangements to avoid claustrophobia.

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Lizzo, Special
The 12 projects you should stream right now

Lizzo’s fourth full-length LP features her May megahit “About Damn Time” and June’s “Grrrls” as well as 10 new tracks from the multi-talented singer, producer, dancer, actress, and flautist.

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Goon, Hour Of Green Evening
The 12 projects you should stream right now

Goon’s sophomore LP is awash with color — not only the titular green but also the saturated lavender hues of frontman Kenny Becker’s echoing guitar lines and the golden warmth of his vocals, blending with the rest of the band’s melancholy palette to build vibrant new textures.

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Kode9, Escapology
The 12 projects you should stream right now

Endlessly interesting Scottish producer Steve Goodman returns with a multimedia sci-fi saga — the new album being only one dimension of an interactive exploration of such heavy themes as his homeland’s quest for independence from the UK and its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

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Rachel Bobbitt, The Ceiling Could Collapse
The 12 projects you should stream right now

Former Vine star Rachel Bobbitt comes into her own on her solo studio debut, a six-track singer-songwriter EP brimming with muted dread.

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The 12 projects you should stream right now