5 albums you need to hear this week

J Hus Photograph Crowns and Owls

In this week’s selection: J Hus’unexpected sophomore album, Jeff Parker’s tribute to his mother, the new album of the Pan-African and all-female supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique and more …

Photo: Crowns and Owls

j hus big conspiracy

Big Conspiracy
J Hus

The follow-up to 2017’s BRIT and Mercury-nominated Common Sense, J Hus’ latest album, Big Conspiracy is far more diverse than J-Hus debut albumIt featured unique collaborations from present-day dancehall queen Koffee to afrobeat giant Burna Boy. Hus explained that the album was due to feature R&B singer Ella Mai but her vocals have not yet been cleared. 13 tracks doped with Afrobeat, dancehall and of course grime rhythms. It seems Hus is swinging into the new year with an ultra-refined sonic vision.

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Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown cover

Suite for Max Brown
Jeff Parker

Suite for Max Brown is a tribute to guitarist Jeff Parker’s mother, whose photograph appears on the cover. It features nine original songs as well as “Gnarciss,” an interpretation of Joe Henderson’s “Black Narcissus,” and John Coltrane’s “After the Rain.” Parker recorded the album with his New Breed ensemble, which features Makaya McCraven on drums, vocals from Parker’s daughter Ruby, and others.

 

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Kota The Friend - Lyrics To Go Vol.1

Lyrics To Go Vol.1
Kota The Friend

10 tracks, 15 mins. Lyrics To Go Vol.1 is a short album format produced entirely by Kota himself. It follows the release of 2019’s FOTO which dropped less than a year ago. Kota is at his best with consciousness flows tackle themes of depression, seeing the world through tour travel and ending the need to please everybody.

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Les Amazones d'Afrique - Amazone Power
Amazones Power
Les Amazones d’Afrique

Pan-African collective Les Amazones d’Afrique is back with Amazones Power, the sequel to the widely acclaimed 2017 debut album, Republique AmazoneIn 2017, Les Amazones d’Afrique made a huge impact with this debut album singing out against gender inequality. This time, Les Amazones reach has also extended further, bringing in new voices and rising stars from across Africa, including Beninese vocalist Fafa Ruffino, Guinean musician, dancer and artist Niariu, France-based rapper DJ Moesha13 and also Roselyne Belinga, Nancy Murillo, Nacera Ouali Mesbah, Valérie Tribord, Valérie Belinga, Abby Surya and Patricia Essong.

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M Huncho - Huncholini The 1st

Huncholini The 1st
M Huncho

The fast-rising and mysterious masked rapper M Huncho made an impact thanks to his remarkable mixtape Utopia in 2019. He feeds his influences on rappers such as Future, Yung Lean or Gunna has been more discreet on the drill scene since his debut in 2017. Throughout Huncholini The 1st, Huncho, or “Huncholini” to his friends, showcases his silvery style, opting for a higher-pitched delivery than his grime counterparts as he drops lyrics surrounding women, drugs, money, and more.

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