Why does every artist have to drop their album on the same day? For us listeners, it's a challenge to catch up with every new release, especially when it's several different releases from all really exciting artists. So to cut through the noise and make sure you have all of your ducks in a row, we're briefly rounding up the most important albums to listen to this week.
1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
The wait is finally over and DAMN.
is here. And we have one word for it: DAMN. Kendrick Lamar did it again and dropped an album with 14 fire tracks. It follows 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly
and just when we thought Kendrick couldn't get any better, he outdoes himself. The album has amazing production from James Blake, Sounwave, The Internet's Steve Lacy, Mike WiLL Made-It, The Alchemist, and BadBadNotGood. Newcomer, Zacari, makes an appearance "LOVE." and Rihanna is her ol' badass self on "LOYALTY." And Kendrick threw us a curveball by bringing U2 on the album.
2. Little Dragon - Season High
The Swedish electro-pop group is back with their fifth album, Season High
, and if you need an album to wind-down to after listening to DAMN.
on repeat, this is the one. Season High
has plenty of mellow, luxury mood tracks and they threw in an upbeat number, "Sweet," which is a favorite on the album. The album has a 80s-inspired feel to it, especially in the opening track, "Celebrate" with it's Prince-styled guitar shreds. It may not be Little Dragon's most goosebump-inducing album but it's definitely worth a listen.
3. John Mayer - The Search For Everything
John Mayer previously released 8 of the 12 songs on The Search For Everything
so some of you may have already heard most of the album. John Mayer previously said in an interview that it's the longest he's gone "in the incubation process of a record" and it's probably because this is Mayer's most raw and deeply personal album yet. It's definitely a break-up album and it opens with the track, "I Still Feel Like Your Man," which is most-likely about ex-lover Katy Perry.
4. Bishop Briggs - Bishop Briggs
As we patiently wait for a full-length album from dark pop goddess, Bishop Briggs, we can listen to her six song, self-titled EP on repeat. It includes some previously released songs, "Wild Horses", "River" and "The Way I Do" and the rest of the songs follow the same trap-soul, bass-heavy style. They're intense, bold and put Briggs' vocal ability on full display. And check out our interview with Bishop Briggs,here