May 14th is a great day for new music! Check Nu Sound’s top picks for this week:
J. Cole – The Off-Season
J. Cole’s long-awaited album The Off-Season came out this Friday! The 12-track album includes no features, which is standard for Cole, but was produced with the help of Timbaland, Boi-1da, DJ Dahi, Jake One, Frank Dukes and Tae Beast. J Cole explained to SLAM how “The Off-Season represents the many hours and months and years it took to get to top form.”
Jorja Smith – Be Right Back
British singer-songwriter Jorja Smith released her 8-track EP, Be Right Back. This is her first release since her critically-acclaimed debut Lost & Found back in 2019. This EP plays with her amazing range in sound while centralizing around strings and smooth RnB.
Damien Jurado – The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania
Damien Jurado, a folk artist who The Line of Best Fit deems “critically underrated” (and we agree) released his fourth studio album The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania. The album is made of ten different storylines of people who will not break under the circumstances they’re faced with.
Migos – “Straightenin”
Migos released their first song of 2021 this week. “Straightenin” will be on their next album Culture III.
St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home
St. Vincent‘s sixth studio album, Daddy’s Home, and it’s pretty dark. This album is her take on the 70s sound, and is framed in a shivering manner while discussing her father’s release from prison.
Oscar Lang – “Are You Happy?”
The London lo-fi artist Oscar Lang released “Are You Happy”, which is the second song from her upcoming debut Chew The Scenery. Lang says that she “wrote this tune about a mate that was having a really hard time… It can be hard though, trying not to be overbearing but I feel like this song is a great way of telling someone that you care about them.” Chew The Scenery will release on July 16th, and with perfect timing because “Oscar Lang may just be the sound of the summer we are all hoping to have” (Clash). Check out the visualizer for “Are You Happy?” here.