Ever since the global recording industry accepted Friday as the new standard release date for new albums, music fans have more to look forward to than just the weekend: Friday now signifies an array of new tunes to kick off your weekend. Here are seven of this week’s releases that stand out to us.
Almost 10 years after his debut album Greatest Hits, U.K. grime artist Skepta is set to release his fourth studio album on Friday. After gathering North American success from his single “Shutdown”, and some help with fellow Boy Better Know label-mate Drake (yes, that Drake), the album is finally hitting shelves.
Notable Guest Appearances: Pharrell Williams, A$AP Nast, BBK (Boy Better Know)
Singles: “Shutdown,” “Man (Gang),” “It Ain’t Safe”
Not many artists can say they’ve released nine studio albums. Keith Urban is just about to hit that landmark. The country singer is set to release Ripcord this week and according to a recent interview, this will be his most experimental album yet.
Notable Guest Appearances: Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Nile Rodgers
Singles: “John Cougar, John Deere,” “Break On Me,” “Wasted Time”
You might remember Mike Posner from his smash hit six years ago, “Cooler Than Me.” Now, after the success of his recent single, Posner is making a huge comeback to the mainstream.
Notable Guest Appearances: Labrinth, Big Sean
Singles: “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”
JMSN is set to release his third studio album to the public this week. After getting fans to text him to find out the artwork, name, and album’s release date, the multi-instrumentalist’s upcoming project is one to look forward to. This new album comes after JMSN and rapper Ab-Soul shelved their collaborative EP, Unit 6.
Fun Fact: He used to go by two other stage names before settling on JMSN: Snowhite, and Christian TV.
Singles: “Cruel Intentions,” “Hypnotized”
U.K. producer Tourist is gearing up to release his debut album on Friday. After gaining some popularity thanks to the songs “Patterns,” and “Holding On,” Tourist is picking the right time to drop the project. With no official tracklist out, he’s doing a good job of keeping the details under wraps and the album a surprise.
Fun Fact: He’s part of Disclosure and Sam Smith’s gang and was one of the recipients for the Grammy for the 2015 Song of the Year for co-writing “Stay With Me.”
Singles: “To Have You Back,” “Run”
Kaytranada has released 15 projects but this one that comes out on Friday is actually his debut studio album. After years of releasing EPs under various stage names, the 23-year-old Haitian-Canadian producer is ready to play in the big leagues. He signed to XL Recordings in 2014, and has been rumoured to be working with legendary producer Rick Rubin.
Notable Guest Appearances: Anderson .Paak, BADBADNOTGOOD, Vic Mensa
Singles: “Bus Ride”
This experimental hip-hop group from Sacramento is anything but ordinary. Once described as “the first truly important band of the 21st century,” this group blends hip hop, punk, and noise music together. Their layered, aggressive tunes are a spectacle and artists like Tyler, the Creator, David Bowie and Iggy Pop have all claimed to be inspired by the group.
Fun Fact: Death Grips used message boards like Reddit and 4Chan to tease their fans, and made them play Alternate Reality Games and go on Internet scavenger hunts for information regarding their previous albums.
Singles: “Hot Head”
Canadian punk-rock band White Lungs have been around for nearly 10 years and are set to release their fourth studio album on Friday. Their debut album was listed by Exclaim! as the best punk album of 2010. Are they going to stick with the punk sound or go pop? That’s the question we’re all asking this time around.
Fun Fact: According to the band the new album has no keyboards, and no synths at all.
Singles: “Kiss Me When I Bleed,” “Hungry”