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10 new albums you should listen to this week

Every week, we highlight significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s selection includes albums from Kid Cudi, Tia Maria Produções, Hallelujah Chicken Run Band and more.

Man on the Moon III: The Chosen
Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi finally follows up on his pharaonic project on this third chapter of Man on the Moon: 18 tracks follow and a hand-picked guest list: Skepta, the late Pop Smoke, Trippie Red and Phoebe Bridgers. The back cover reads: “In the last 10 years, Scott Mescudi has been through hell and back”.

Listen here.

Lei Da Tia Maria
Tia Maria Produções

DJ Danifox, DJ B.Boy, DJ Lycox and Puto Márcio meet on the Lei Da Tia Maria EP from the Portuguese label Príncipe, with the aim of expelling violence from everyday life. Tia Maria, a certified dream team, has the recipe to expunge our pain and take a little musical respite in a good dose of dirty batida and hot-tempered DJs, ones who can’t resist sumberging themselves in the bad vibes.

Listen here.

Take One
Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

This album was only released in 2006 on CD, but given the unstoppable success of these titans of Zimbabwean culture, Analog Africa couldn’t resist the prospect of a vinyl and CD re-release – made possible thanks to an agreement from the musicians of Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, who are still alive today.

Listen here.

Jazz Is Dead 005 
Doug Carn, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge

Black Jazz Records’ biggest hit of the 70’s … jazz-funk organist Doug Carn joins Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A pianist, organist and multi-instrumentalist, this new studio album on the already prestigious Jazz is Dead series marks his great comeback!

Listen here.

COLORS Live in NYC
Gaidda

The three-track EP, recorded live at COLORS Studios in New York, marks Gaidaa‘s first-ever American performance when she took to the stage alongside Kojey Radical and Dua Saleh at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. Gaidaa is a 21-year-old Dutch-Sudanese artist at the vanguard of a new generation that accesses soul through organic R&B punctuated by acoustic instrumentation and lyrics imbued with raw vulnerability.

Listen here.

Jok’Chirac (VI Republique)
Jok’Air

The rapper returns with an album with an evocative title and an eminently political opus. Not to mention his cover featuring the militant Assa Traoré, “In my opinion, the most beautiful cover of my little career, Jok’Air wrote about it on Instagram.”

Listen here.

Old Romance
Tekno

The rapper returns with an album with an evocative title and an eminently political opus. Released in the United States on Island Records, Tekno is now exporting his declarations of love internationally on slow and catchy rhythms.

Listen here.

Danko!
Samthing Soweto

Samthing Soweto launches on an amapiano EP that follows his platinum album Isphithiphithi released last year. Pioneer of the genre, he is also known for his a capella singing alongside the Mzansi choir from South Africa, whom he invites on the last track “The Danko! Medley” – a song that may well become the anthem of the end of the year 2020, “Danko” meaning “thank you” in Esperanto.

Listen here.

Grace
DJ Spinnal

The DJ and producer sees his fifth album as a moment of reflection on his music. Through his numerous collaborations, he expresses a need to transcend borders by inviting a wide range of artists from all over the African continent: Oxlade, Tiwa Savage, Minz & Omah Lay, Niniola and many others… 

Listen here.

Bolingo
Jupiter & Okwess

After having brought Congolese rock to the four corners of the planet, Jupiter & Okwess return to their Afro-Brazilian origins in the company of guitarist Rogê in an ode to love as the only teaching of life – leaving aside travel and other material possessions.

Listen here.

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