Words: Dylan Murphy
With the endless onslaught of new music every Friday it’s hard to keep up with all the new releases. We’ve curated the essential new albums and projects out today for you to check out.
André 3000 – New Blue Sun
It’s been nearly two decades since Outkast released an album and fans have waited in bated breath for any potential solo work from 3 Stacks. Every feature is forensically picked apart when André makes a guest appearance and anytime he’s spotted playing his trusty mayan flute in public it goes viral online. When he announced his first ever solo album, we weren’t expecting it to be a fully instrumental album, but it lands at 86 minutes long and features production from multi-instrumentalist Carlos Niño.
“There’s this misconception that I just won’t do it,” André says of releasing a rap record. “I think people feel like I’m sitting around on rap albums, or sitting around and I’m just not putting them out in that way. And no it’s not like that.” He continues: “In my mind, I really would like to make a rap album. So maybe that happens one day, but I got to find a way to say what I want to say in an interesting way that’s appealing to me at this age.”
Danny Brown – Quaranta
A long time in the making, Danny Brown’s Quaranta lands via Warp and comes after the collaborative record Scaring The Hoes with JPEGMAFIA. The album features MIKE and Bruiser Wolf amongst others.
Drake – For All The Dogs Scary Hours Edition
Following the release of For All The Dogs, Drake has shared 6 new additional tracks, including ‘Evil Ways’ with J. Cole ahead of their joint tour.
Nealo – November Medicine
Dublin rapper Nealo shares his sophomore album which features work from Saint Sister’s Morgana, Shiv, Willhouse and more. Tap in.
Offica – Hokage Pt 2: Hokage in Lagos
Anyone that listens to Offica will know his influences range from anime to afrobeats to UK drill and anything else that takes his fancy. So it makes sense he’d drop an album in two parts to showcase the different parts that form his universe. Following the more rap focused first offering of Hokage, he’s returned with the second half that pays homage to his home land of Nigeria.
Fredwave – GOODNIGHT June
London-based producer Fredwave has come through with a 5 track care package GOODNIGHT June. Standout track ‘Temple’ features Jeshi and Elijah Waters and the project comes after a string of collaborations and continues his streak of bringing together some of the most exciting UK talent under one roof.
Elsewhere on District: District’s November Gig Guide: CMAT, Playboi Carti & More.