For those of you still looking for the elusive Christmas album you can get behind featured on New Music Friday, look no further: Tyler, the Creator has released Music Inspired by Illunination & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.
For everyone else, there’s just regular New Music Friday, featuring a ton of debut albums.
Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
Pitchfork describes Paak’s album as a “rapping, singing, and drumming polymath [approaching] the funk canon from a rap perspective,” and that’s right on the money. The album is not as soulful or precise as his previous album, Malibu, but solidifies him as a force to be reckoned with in the rap world for a long time to come.
Hen Ogledd – Mogic
With a band named after “Old North,” and tracks entitled “Gwae Reged o Heddiw” and “Tiny Witch Hunter”, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the somewhat distracting medieval theme present throughout this quirky, striking album. While Richard Dawson’s previous albums were often dark and overwhelming, this album offers a refreshing, charming antithesis to his previous work.
Neurotic Fiction – Pulp Music
As one of the U.K.’s most exciting DIY bands, Neurotic Fiction’s debut album has put their name on the international map. The album varies between pop, a dreamy melodic haze, and some weird blend of indie rock and post punk. It’ll be exciting to see where they go from here.
Eyedress – Sensitive G
Eyedress takes a step away from his “all about me” attitude of his previous album Manila Ice in this new isolated, introspective album Sensitive G. This is definitely a genre-bending project, complete with lo-fi breezy psychedelic sounds.
Whethan – Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1
Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 is Whethan’s debut album, and for his fans, it is sure to not disappoint. The playful, synth-y album has features ranging from Bipolar Sunshine to HONNE, and includes some heavier hitting singles that help add a little edge.
City Girls – Girl Code
This is the debut LP from south Florida rap duo Yung Miami and JT. Girl Code features huge guest artists as well, including Cardi B. However, this might be the only album you hear from them until 2020, as JT is currently incarcerated until then.