Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, even impossible. From the weekly album releases to standalone singles dropping on a daily basis, the amount of music is so vast it’s easy for something to slip through the cracks. Even following along with the Uproxx recommendations on daily basis can be a lot to ask, so every Monday we’re offering up this rundown of the best music released in the last week.
This week sees the release of Greta Van Fleet’s retro debut album, big hip-hop releases from Lil Yachty, Future, and Juice Wrld, and great indie records from Empress Of and Cloud Nothings. Yeah, it was a pretty great week for music. Check out the highlights below.
Greta Van Fleet — Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
If you feel like you’ve heard Greta Van Fleet before, you are not alone. The young Michigan band has been compared to Led Zeppelin by everyone with ears, but that doesn’t mean their debut album’s achievement is anything to scoff at. In his interview with the band, Uproxx’s Steven Hyden wrote, “Greta Van Fleet is quite good at making ancient-sounding music that remains extremely popular at a time when nobody else is seemingly interested or capable of filling that void.”
Khalid — Suncity EP
Khalid is making the most out of his time in the spotlight, popping up on endless features while his profile continues to grow on the strength of his debut album, American Teen. But his latest, Suncity, is a moment for the R&B powerhouse to start new. With a sophomore album expected early next year, Khalid said the following about this appetizer in a statement: “More than anything in life right now I want growth. I want my music to grow and represent how I am growing up. Suncity is the start of a new era for me, this music poured out of me and I didn’t want to wait to share it. I wanted to be able to live in this moment with my fans and my friends and speak from the heart.”
Cloud Nothings — Last Building Burning
Dylan Baldi has been quietly making great records with Cloud Nothings for seven years now, despite the fact that the output is anything but quiet. On his latest, Last Building Burning, the Ohio band crafted an album about “the slow destruction of identity of places,” as he told our own Derrick Rossignol. It’s not a surprising level of seriousness lyrically, but the energetic compositions also work on a purely visceral level, resulting in a multi-level experience that makes the indie-punks one of the best in their lane.
Lil Yachty — Nuthin’ 2 Prove
Following the massive hype behind last year’s Teenage Emotions, Lil Boat‘s latest endeavor comes out with a rather low-key rollout. Maybe Yachty is taking his new album title to heart, but the record still impresses with features from Cardi B, Offset, Juice Wrld, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Gunna, Kevin Gates, and many more.
Future and Juice WRLD — WRLD On Drugs
Future might just be the master of the hip-hop collaboration. Following albums with Drake and Young Thug respectively, not to mention a pair of collaborations of a different sort with Zaytoven, Future again hooks up with one of the biggest stars of the moment with this album with Juice Wrld. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Thugga, and Gunna all pop-up on the 16-song effort.
Empress Of — Us
Whether singing in English or Spanish, the pop vision of Empress Of remains one that feels distinctly of the moment. It’s not the kind of music that feels instantly ready for big stages, but, rather, it’s an indie-pop presentation that packs the infectiousness of it major label peers while still feeling within reach of the average fan.
Neneh Cherry — Broken Politics
Since 1989, Neneh Cherry has released just five albums. The fifth, Broken Politics, is produced by electronic trailblazer Four Tet and tackles issues ranging from the European refugee crisis to gun violence. As the title suggests, the state of the world plays a big part of what keeps her going creatively. In a statement about the record, she said, “It was one of the best writing periods I’ve had in a really long time. I got out of the waiting room and into the inner sanctum.”
The 1975 — “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”
None of The 1975‘s singles for their highly anticipated new albums have sounded remotely the same, and that’s a testament to just how interesting this band is. Of all the advance tastes, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” might have the most commercial appeal with its straight-ahead momentum and big chorus. No current rock band is tapping into youth culture better than The 1975, and this track might be their most wide-appealing of this latest round of music.
Thom Yorke — “Hands Off The Antarctic”
The Radiohead leader has been steadily releasing music from his upcoming Suspiria score, but “Hands Off The Antarctic” is a different beast. The song is an exclusive to Greenpeace and its title says it all. But still, it’s hard to hear any of Yorke’s current wave of music outside of the horror tilt, it’s just that environmental terror is a little more real than that which comes from cinema.
Post Malone and Swae Lee — “Sunflower”
For those who get too caught up in the near-death experiences, it’s easy to forget that maybe no one has had a better year in the music world than Post Malone. The dude was a hit factory, with both “Psycho” and “Better Now” coming close to matching the sensation that was “Rockstar.” It’s easy to see his latest tune, a collaboration with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, finding a similarly massive audience, as the song from the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is as hooky, smooth, and stylish as his best work.