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 and EPs from Sleater-Kinney, oso oso, Young Thug, Blanck Mass, and Channel Tres. 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 may earn an affiliate commission.)
The Center Won’t Hold is the latest record from Sleater-Kinney, who recruited St. Vincent to produce. It’s Sleater-Kinney’s final album with longtime drummer Janet Weiss, who announced her departure from the band in July. Read Pitchfork’s review of “Hurry on Home,” named Best New Track.
Basking in the Glow is the third album from oso oso, the recording project of Long Island’s Jade Lillitri. It follows 2017’s the yunahon mixtape. In his review of basking in the glow, named Best New Music, Ian Cohen writes, “the music is relentless, almost ruthless in its melodic radiance, both a testament to the power of positive thinking and a poignant reminder of its limitations.”
So Much Fun is Young Thug’s first solo project since 2017’s Beautiful Thugger Girls. The record, however, is still filled with guests: Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Future, NAV, Lil Baby, Migos’ Quavo, and more appear on the album. So Much Fun also includes the single “The London,” featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott.
Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power is back with another album as Blanck Mass. Animated Violence Mild follows 2017’s World Eater. “I believe that many of us have willfully allowed our survival instinct to become engulfed by the snake we birthed,” Power said in a statement. “Animated—brought to life by humankind. Violent—insurmountable and wild beyond our control. Mild—delicious.” Watch the music video for “Love Is a Parasite.”
Channel Tres made his debut with last summer’s self-titled EP, and has now followed it up with a new EP. It’s called Black Moses. The five-track release was led by “Sexy Black Timberlake.” Read about “Black Moses” (featuring JPEGMAFIA) in Levels’ “The Ones.”