A bunch of new albums are lined up for this month. Which one(s) are YOU going to pick up?
GOOD Music, Cruel Summer
GOOD (“Getting Out Our Dreams”) Music is a record label headed by the one and only Kanye West. All the acts on his label have collaborated to create Cruel Summer, with their first single being “Mercy.” Here’s their second single, “New God Flow”:
Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion, Reincarnated
Snoop Dogg, er, Snoop Lion is releasing a new album with a new sound – reggae. His recent name change came after what would be best described as a born again experience with Rastafarian priests in Jamaica (notice that I decided not to refer to it as a massive smoke session with a bunch of marijuana enthusiasts…oh wait). Only time will tell how this turns out. His first single is a Major Lazer/Diplo-produced track called “La La La”:
Yellowcard, Southern Air
I haven’t listened to Yellowcard since the Ocean Avenue days but it’s nice to go back to the sound that dominated my middle/high school years. Here’s “Always Summer”:
Bloc Party, Four
British rock band Bloc Party is releasing a new album after a three year hiatus. Before that, the band had been touring and recording non-stop for six years so it seems they took a back-to-basics approach with this album. Earlier this week, they unveiled “Day Four”:
Yeasayer, Fragrant World
With the help of artist Yoshi Sodeoka, Yeasayer has decided to leak their album in a pretty unique way. Sodeoka created a “moving visual” for each track from the album and it’s up to the listener/viewer to use clues in order to find those “hidden” tracks on the Internet. The catch is that these tracks will only be available to hear from Yeasayer themselves until tomorrow, August 3, until 8 PM EDT. This is one of their songs, “Henrietta”:
Rita Ora, O.R.A.
West London singer Rita Ora got her music career jump-started when Jay-Z signed her to his label, Roc Nation. “How We Do (Party)” is getting a decent rotation on the radio these days, but here’s another one of her songs, “R.I.P.” ft. Tinie Tempah (it features a sample from Nneka’s very cool “Heartbeat”):