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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 12
The best new albums out this week include Cheat Codes from Danger Mouse and Black Thought, a stunning debut from singer and TikTok phenom Bella Poarch, Hudson Mohawke's Cry Sugar and more.
1. Danger Mouse & Black Thought — Cheat Codes
Featured Songs: "Strangers," "Aquamarine"
2. Bella Poarch — Dolls
Featured Songs: "Dolls," "Build a Bitch"
3. Hudson Mohawke — Cry Sugar
Featured Songs: "Rain Shadow," "Ingle Nook," "Stump," "Behold"
4. Beastie Boys — Check Your Head (Deluxe Edition)
Featured Songs: "Jimmy James," "Gratitude," "So What'Cha Want (Butt Naked Version)," "Pass the Mic (Pt. 2, Skills To Pay The Bills)"
5. NIKI — Nicole
Featured Songs: "Keeping Tabs," "Take A Chance With Me," "Facebook Friends"
Andy Bey — Experience and Judgment
Peter Mulvey & SistaSrings — Love is the Only Thing
Sylvan Esso — No Rules Sandy
Tomu DJ — Half Moon Bay
Other notable releases for Aug. 12:
Boris — Heavy Rocks (2022)
Pale Waves — Unwanted
Panda Bear & Sonic Boom — Reset
Pavement — Slanted and Enchanted (30th Anniversary Edition)
Rat Tally — In My Car
New Mix: dodie, Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin, Young Jesus, more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new project from Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson, a Vieux Farka Touré--Khruangbin collaboration and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Plains: "Problem With It," from I Walked With You A Ways
2. dodie: "Got Weird" (Single)
3. Spring Summer: "Mountaineer," from T.E.A.R.S
4. Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin: "Savanne," from Ali
5. Hermanos Gutiérrez: "El Bueno Y El Malo," from El Bueno Y El Malo
6. Young Jesus: "Ocean (feat. Tomberlin)," from Shepherd Head
New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5
NPR Music's picks for the best releases out this week include a potent new EP from the rapper Doechii, hyper-pop from Pussy Riot, roots salsa from Colombia's Meridian Brothers and more.
1. Doechii — she / her / black bitch
Featured Tracks: "Bitches Be," "Swamp Bitches," "Persuasive"
2. Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento — Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento
Featured Tracks: "Bomba Atómica," "Metamorfosis"
3. AJ Suede — Oil On Canvas
Featured Tracks: "Growing Diamonds," "Wonder," "Monochrome"
4. Pussy Riot — MATRIARCHY NOW
Featured Tracks: "PRINCESS CHARMING," "PLASTIC," "POOF BITCH"
5. Planet Drum — In The Groove
Featured Track: "King Clave"
Alexia Bomtempo — DOCE CARNAVAL
Araceli Poma — "Agua de Olvido"
Art Moore — Art Moore
Various — Rise Jamaica!
Other notable releases for Aug. 5:
Bobby Shmurda — BodBoy
Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2
Fireboy DML — Playboy
Kokoroko — Could We Be More
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires — Old-Time Folks
Mall Grab — What I Breathe
Neil Young — Noise & Flowers
T Bone Burnett — The Invisible Light: Spells
The Best Music of July
Maggie Rogers leveled up and Beyoncé dropped another album we'll think about all year. But Johnny Gandelsman also took us across America, Bear1Boss super-smashed rap and Caterina Barbieri found immanence in synths.
Featured Tracks and Artists:
1. Maggie Rogers: "Shatter" from Surrender
2. Beyoncé: "PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA" from RENAISSANCE
3. Johnny Gandelsman: "Surrender to the Adventure for Musician & Tape: 1. Blossom / American Dream" and "O for Violin & Voices" from This is America: An Anthology 2020-2021
4. Bear1Boss: "$$$" from Bear1Boss
5. Caterina Barbieri: "Canticle of Cryo" from Spirit Exit
Our panel's additional recommendations for July:
• Adam Kent, Tania León: Teclas de mi piano
• Gwenno: Tresor
• Kali Malone: Living Torch
• Maggie Rogers' summer mixtape sweats with sweetness
• Caterina Barbieri's rapturous electronica was forged in deep solitude
New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 29
Beyoncé's Renaissance isn't the only big release out now. NPR Music's other picks for the week's best new albums include Maggie Rogers' Surrender, the debut from DOMI & JD Beck and more.
1. Beyoncé — Renaissance
Featured Tracks: "PURE/HONEY"
2. Maggie Rogers — Surrender
Featured Tracks: "Want Want," "Horses," "Shatter," Different Kind of World"
3. DOMI & JD Beck — NOT TiGHT
Featured Tracks: "BOWLING," TAKE A CHANCE," "WHATUP," "PILOT"
4. Lava La Rue — Hi-Fidelity
Featured Tracks: "Don't Trip," "Motel," "Cry Baby," "Don't Come Back"
5. Florist — Florist
Featured Tracks: "Red Bird Pt 2 (Morning)," "Spring in Hours"
King Princess — Hold On Baby
Snarky Puppy — "Bet" (single)
Tems — "No Woman No Cry" (single)
Wilder Maker — Male Models
Other notable releases for July 29:
Amanda Shires — Take It Like A Man
Chat Pile — God's Country
Deaton Chris Anthony — Sid the Kid
Hayley Kiyoko — PANORAMA
Josh Rouse — Going Places
Obijuan & YUNGMORPHEUS — Slang Casino
Of Montreal — Freewave Lucifer fck
Phony — AT SOME POINT YOU STOP
$uicideboy$ — Sing Me a Lullaby My Sweet Temptation
Tedeschi Trucks Band — I Am The Moon: III, The Fall
The power of Beyoncé is about to change music... again
Due out this Friday, July 29, Beyoncé's Act I Renaissance has generated a massive wave of anticipation. In this round-table discussion, we breakdown why we're excited, why it matters and what we might expect.