Highly Anticipated Albums and Singles of 2018
Your Spotify playlist will thank you when you give it new life with these bomb new albums in 2018. Whether it’s our favorite pop stars inspiring us through the final mile, a callback to classics while we drink our morning coffee, or we’re getting creative with our indie faves, these new albums are making us very (very) happy to sit in traffic and have time to listen to them all the way through.
Migos | ‘Supastars’
Supastars is yet another drop of the Migos sound chemistry, giving you exactly what you wanted for your polished mental escape. This track took a bit longer than expected to release, but the anticipation was well worth the wait. If you truly want to dance like no one’s watching, you may want to wait until you’re alone to listen because you won’t be able to stop yourself with this beat.
First Aid Kit | ‘Ruins’
These Swedes are folky, funky, groovy, and everything you need to hear while the sun is shining and your windows are rolled down. This is their fourth album, and they did not disappoint. “Postcard” leaves a twangy buzz in your ears and a smile on your face, taking memories back to the lost days of past troubles. The way they harmonize will make you swoon over the romantic struggle you feel from long ago.
Tune-Yards | ‘I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life’
This new release from typically upbeat and politically-neutral Tune-Yards is dipping into more serious topics like white fragility and the current political climate. After a long retreat studying Buddhism and how white supremacy and fragility are poisonous to society, lead singer Merrill Garbus came back with a newfound purpose to write and play about issues that are on the forefront of our social climate. The tracks are still upbeat and dance-worthy, but the lyrics address issues that need to be talked about in all channels of pop culture.
EDEN | ‘Vertigo’
An artist’s mind is illustrated through these synthy tracks in a way that will lead listeners down a long path of emotional lyrics and instrumental mazes. The lyrical content is the old tried and true story of love, fading commitments, relationships, and heartbreak, and at only 21 years old, EDEN is in the midst of the most heart-heavy days of his life.
Drake | ‘Scary Hours’
It’s dark and feels like it was written with a heavy mind. Drake’s tasty African and Carribean beats have taken a pause for this short release that goes into a deeper mental state discussing the woes of artistry at the top. Drake has long had a reputation for introducing softness to the pop and hip-hop world, and Scary Hours is yet another interpretation of the inner workings of his loneliness. He owns his musical style, there’s no denying.
Dave East | ‘Paranoia 2’
Dave East, originating from New York, falls back on his past in this sharp album that relives the street days and offers a refreshing perspective on New York’s “Rotten Apple” rap era. Women, money, death, and dark deeds paint the theme of his lyrics, and within just six short months, this is already his third release. Dave East has established a prominent identity in the rap community and beyond, and with Nas as his mentor, we expect more monumental releases to come.
The Decemberists | ‘Severed’
This release is certainly a departure from the old stuff, but after 17 years of being a band, The Decemberists are due for some fresh tracks. With more synth and boppy beats, this track is definitely a new flavor and mixes some references to Trump’s political rhetoric, giving us a lot to look forward to for coming tracks and albums from our old friends.
Bahamas | ‘Earth Tones’
Backed by two instrumentalists who played on D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, Afie Jurvanen gives us less folk and more soul in bite-sized chunks that illustrate his profound artistry and dynamic vocal abilities. This album gives a fresh flavor for listeners and keeps us swooning over his smooth voice and funky backbeats.