Drake – ‘FOR ALL THE DOGS’
Thinking we might just lose it if Drizzy makes us wait any longer for this one, but fingers crossed it’s finally coming. The album was initially set for release on September 22 but then delayed until October 6 due to his ongoing tour. Drake said, “I either cancel shows to finish the album or I complete the mission and drop the album before the last show” and we can’t blame him for wanting to give us his best work. What do we know about the release so far? There have been talks about Nicki Minaj, Bad Bunny, and Burna Boy on the list of features next to SZA following the most recent single, the cover art was done by none other than Adonis, and Lil Yachty says it has some of Drake’s best verses. Get your leashes ready for when this one drops.
Omar Apollo – ‘Live For Me’
Omar Apollo, a three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, is releasing his “Live for Me” EP on October 6th. This year has been extra busy for him, as he recently became the face of Youth to the People’s Health and Beauty line and featured in Loewe’s Fall Winter 2023 Men’s Campaign. The EP consists of four heartfelt tracks that invite listeners into his most intimate and vulnerable moments. “Ice Slipping,” shares his experience of coming out to his parents, AND a near-death car accident. This guy can’t catch a break!
boygenius – ‘the rest’
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, announced they are coming out with a new EP titled the rest. This four-track EP builds upon the success of the record and follows their performance of the first track “Black Hole” at their sold-out Boston show. The EP is produced by various talented individuals, including members of boygenius themselves, and showcases their strong songwriting skills and unique sound.
Chelsea Cutler – ‘Stellaria’
Stellaria is Chelsea’s third studio album, and its creation was a challenging but transformative two-year journey for her. In an Instagram post announcing the album’s release date, Cutler emphasized embracing the present, valuing the creative process, and finding comfort in discomfort. She sees Stellaria as a representation of life’s moments, encompassing both the ups and downs. The album’s title is derived from the word ‘stella,’ meaning star, and it is also the name of a genus of around 190 species of flowering plants. As Chelsea would say, let’s ride.
Jamila Woods – ‘Water Made Us’
Jamila Woods is set to release her third LP, Water Made Us, following her 2019 album Legacy! Legacy! She has unveiled the album’s first single, “Tiny Garden,” featuring duendita, along with an accompanying music video. The album’s title is inspired by a Toni Morrison quote, reflecting Woods’ continued admiration for Morrison’s work and influence on her music, as previously seen in her song “Sula (Paperback)” and a chapbook of her poetry. Jamila credits and shouts out her therapists, astrologers, family, and friends along the way who supported her process and facilitated the journey of transforming her journaled thoughts and qualms, into what came to be this project.
Westside Gunn – ‘And Then You Pray For Me’
Griselda Honcho Westside Gunn is about to drop his highly-anticipated, star-studded album titled, And Then You Pray For Me. In fact, this project is not just star-studded; it’s a galaxy of talent with contributions from luminaries such as RZA, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Conway The Machine, JID, DJ Drama, Giggs, Ty Dolla $ign, and Denzel Curry. Westside Gunn keeps the features hidden, explaining, “Hiding the features for a few days is a win-win-win for the album’s hyper, the fans, + the featured artists.” His innovative approach and visionary style also extend to his striking cover art, masterfully designed by the renowned Virgil Abloh.
Troye Sivan – ‘Something To Give Each Other’
Marking a departure from his previous projects, Troye Sivan is preparing to release his third LP, Something to Give Each Other. He is used to writing #sadboi music but this album is really going to show us how he’s found himself. He aims to create a sense of connection and celebration in this new music, moving away from the themes of heartbreak. Ready to reflect on the transition from sadness to excitement after a breakup, capturing the possibilities and hope that comes with it, Troye Sivan is going to be stepping on our necks, so to speak.
blink-182 – ‘ONE MORE TIME…’
Travis Barker has not one, but two babies on the way. Blink-182 has released the title track, “One More Time…,” along with a music video directed by Carlos López Estrada, from their upcoming album of the same name. The classic lineup of the band, including Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker, has also surprised fans by sharing another new song from the album titled “More Than You Know.” One More Time… is set to be released on October 20th marking the first album from this classic lineup since 2011. The album consists of 17 songs, including the previously released single “Edging,” which came out in late 2022, which reflects on why it often takes major events like plane crashes or illnesses for the band to reunite.
Sampha – ‘Lahai’
On one hand, it feels like a million years since Sampha’s last project. On the other hand, it feels like yesterday, for the way we’ve kept it in routine rotation. What we do know is that it is absolutely time for Sampha’s sophomore album. The London artist took to IG to announce the album, Lahai, a namesake for his grandfather, along with a string of words that we can only perceive as a teaser: “Fever Dreams. Continuums. Dancing. Generations. Syncopation. Bridges. Grief. Motherlands. Love. Spirit. Fear. Flesh. Flight.” The project will include the single “Spirit 2.0”, which marked the first of his new music in over six years, and the recent single “Only”.
Shay Lia – ‘FACETS’
FACETS, the highly anticipated album by Shay Lia promises to showcase her versatility and artistic evolution. Born in France, raised in Djibouti, and now residing in Montreal, Shay Lia draws from diverse cultural and musical influences, making it difficult to pin her music to a single genre. The album is expected to reflect various aspects of her life and emotions, offering a personal experience for listeners. Shay’s knack for blending genres, along with her ability to create infectious and danceable tracks, ensures that FACETS will have broad appeal, making it a top-tier addition to her discography.
Taylor Swift – ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’
Attention all swifties – ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ is right around the corner! Taylor announced the release of the re-recorded album on August 9, during her Eras Tour in Los Angeles. Since then, she’s been hyping up the release teasing vinyl LPs, cassette tapes, CDs, and five special “From the Vault” tracks that were written for the original 1989 album. Fans were teased with Easter eggs in music videos and visual clues during her concert tour. Swift also partnered with Google Search to create a word puzzle feature that revealed some of the “From the Vault” track titles. But the Swifties already know all that and are probably tuned into Taylor’s subconscious at this point.