Lana Del Rey, ASAP Rocky, And More
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 a 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 saw Lana Del Rey’s new album, as well as ASAP Rocky’s first musical offering since his legal drama in Sweden. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Lana Del Rey — Norman F*cking Rockwell
The latest full-length effort from Lana Del Rey touches a lot of bases, which is to be expected from an artist of her caliber. The album features piano ballads, dreamy pop, a Sublime cover, and even full-blown psychedelic rock. The good news is that if you’re into all this, the wait for her next album might not be too long, since Del Rey is already working on it.
Read our review of Norman F*cking Rockwell here.
Post Malone — “Circles”
Post Malone finally confirmed the title and release date of his upcoming album (Hollywood’s Bleeding will be out in September), and he shared the latest single from the project, “Circles.” The track is a bit of a departure from his usual hip-hop-leaning sound, and could perhaps be considered a return to his roots, considering the old videos floating around of him playing folk and rock songs. “Circles” is nothing near hip-hop, and it will be fascinating to see if the rest of Malone’s new material also heads in this direction.
ASAP Rocky — “Babushka Boi”
ASAP Rocky recently spent more time than he planned on in Sweden, after he found himself on the wrong side of the law. Thankfully, that issue has been resolved, and he’s back to do what he does best: making music. His new single is “Babushka Boi,” and perhaps not coincidentally, the video show him and his cohorts as outlaws as they try to avoid the pig-like police force.
Charli XCX — “Warm” Feat. Haim
Charli XCX is hyping up her upcoming album Charli by sharing most of the collaborations on it as advance singles, and the latest one is her Haim team-up “Warm.” Haim has been venturing more into indie-rock territory lately, but this joint effort brings them back into a strictly pop zone. There’s more where this came from too, as the album also features appearances from Troye Sivan, Lizzo, Christine And The Queens, and Sky Ferreira.
Whitney — Forever Turned Around
The Chicago duo’s 2016 debut album Light Upon The Lake established the pair as indie-folk darlings, and after three years, their second album has finally arrived. No sophomore slump here: Instead, Whitney mature on their latest, fleshing out their sound for a more full-bodied experience.
Pusha T — “Coming Home” Feat. Lauryn Hill and “Sociopath” Feat. Kash Doll
Pusha T was busy last week, as he dropped a pair of new singles. One the Kanye West-produced and Kash Doll-featuring “Sociopath,” which originated from the famous Kanye Wyoming sessions, but never found its way onto one of the projects from that period for whatever reason. Then there’s “Coming Home,” which finds Pusha teaming up with a surprise collaborator in Lauryn Hill.
Cigarettes After Sex — “Heavenly”
Cigarettes After Sex started working on their upcoming second album the same week they dropped their debut record in 2017, and the first results of that ambition and eagerness are here. They’ve proved the wait has been worth it with “Heavenly,” a brooding but ethereal dream-pop single that teases greatness to come.
Big Sean — “Bezerk” Feat. ASAP Ferg
“Bezerk” is an appropriate title for Big Sean’s latest, because he and ASAP Ferg go nuts over the fast-paced beat. Like many hip-hop tracks before it, the pair discuss what it’s like to be successful, and the icy instrumental keeps it interesting. They didn’t wait long to give the track its live debut either, as they performed it at the VMAs just hours after releasing the song online.
Wale — “BGM”
Wale decided to celebrate Women’s Equality Day by releasing “BGM,” which means “black girl magic.” Over a smooth and club-ready beat, Wale honors influential women, whether that influence is of a personal or more broad nature — Taraji P. Henson gets a shout-out. He also shows that he understands at least some of the struggles his female peers face: “Sometimes it be really so hard for ya / White boy, paid more, same job as you.”
Vagabon — “Water Me Down”
Vagabon has made some changes to her upcoming album, the most notable of which being that it’s now called Vagabon. That’s fitting, because Cameroon-born artist deserves to be recognized for what is shaping up to be a strong record. She recently shared “Water Me Down,” a smooth and alluring bit of ambient house.
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