With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from the Weeknd, Zebra Katz, J Balvin, Irreversible Entanglements, and Lyra Pramuk. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
The Weeknd is back with his first full-length album since 2016’s Starboy. After Hours also follows Abel Tesfaye’s 2018 release My Dear Melancholy,. It features “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” and “After Hours.” Contributors to the record include Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Max Martin, and Metro Boomin. Plus, Elton John and Bernie Taupin are credited on “Scared to Live” for the Weeknd’s interpolation of “Your Song.”
LESS IS MOOR marks the debut album by Jamaican-American artist and producer Zebra Katz. The 15-track LP features guest spots from Shygirl and S. Ruston and production by Torus, Sega Bodega, and Tony Quattro. Read Pitchfork’s track review of “ISH.”
Colores is the new solo effort from J Balvin, who, last summer, shared the Bad Bunny collaboration OASIS. The reggaeton/urbano star shared “Blanco,” “Rojo,” and “Morado” ahead of Colores’ release. Check out Balvin’s new music video for “Amarillo.”
Irreversible Entanglements are an Afrofuturist-minded free-jazz collective spread across New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., featuring Camae Ayewa of Moor Mother. Who Sent You?, a joint release between International Anthem and Don Giovanni, follows the group’s 2017 self-titled debut.
Lyra Pramuk: Fountain [Bedroom Community]
Born in Pennsylvania and now based in Berlin, interdisciplinary artist Lyra Pramuk used only vocal recordings to build the densely layered landscapes that make up Fountain. She also manipulated her vocals through production software for her debut album.