With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and mixes from Thom Yorke, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, Peggy Gou, Mega Bog, Daughter of Swords, Sofia Bolt, and 75 Dollar Bill. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork may earn an affiliate commission.)
ANIMA is Thom Yorke’s first studio LP as a solo artist since 2014’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. The new album, which Yorke has described as “dystopian,” was written and produced by Yorke and Nigel Godrich. ANIMA was released in conjunction with a short filmof the same name, directed by Yorke’s frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson. The vinyl edition of the new record includes the bonus track “Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You for Coming.”
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have finally released Bandana—the long-awaited follow-up to their 2014 collaborative LP Piñata. The new album features contributions from Pusha T, Black Thought, Killer Mike, Anderson .Paak, and Yasiin Bey. Read about Bandana’s “Flat Tummy Tea” and check out the new interview “Don’t Call Madlib, He’ll Call You” on Levels.
OASIS is the surprise collaborative album from Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin and Puerto Rican latin trip artist Bad Bunny. According to Bad Bunny, “OASIS is a transcendental and refreshing album; it is a rescue, a relief.”
Berlin-based artist Peggy Gou has curated the 69th edition of the long-running mix series DJ-Kicks. Gou’s 73-minute mix features music by the likes of Kode9 and Aphex Twin, as well as her own tracks.
Mega Bog: Dolphine [Paradise of Bachelors]
Mega Bog is the alias of Pacific Northwest multi-instrumentalist Erin Elizabeth Birgy. Her fifth album Dolphine is the follow-up to 2017’s Happy Together. The 11-track record features contributions from members of Big Thief, Hand Habits, and iji. Read the track review for Dolphine’s opener “For the Old World.”
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Daughter of Swords: Dawnbreaker [Nonesuch]
When Alexandra Sauser-Monnig is not performing as one-third of the vocal group Mountain Man, she makes music as Daughter of Swords, and Dawnbreaker is her debut under the moniker. The new album was recorded in Durham, North Carolina and co-produced, engineered, and mixed by Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn. Read Pitchfork’s review of “Dawnbreaker.”
Sofia Bolt: Waves [Loantaka]
Sofia Bolt is the recording project of Paris-born, L.A.-based guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Amelie Rousseaux. Waves, her debut, was recorded at Earth, Wind & Fire’s Los Angeles studio. It features an arrangement by the legendary Van Dyke Parks, as well as a backing band of Emily Elhaj (Angel Olsen), Marian Lipino (La Luz), Bryant Fox (Miya Folick), and Itai Shapira (Rhye).
75 Dollar Bill: I Was Real [tak:til/Thin Wrist]
I Was Real is the latest album from the Brooklyn-based band 75 Dollar Bill. For their third record, the main duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen are joined by eight additional musicians. I Was Realfollows 2016’s WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC/PATTERN/RHYTHM/ROCK.