8 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Amaarae, Ana Roxanne, Davido, and More
Written by [email protected] on November 14, 2020
Also stream new releases from Aesop Rock, Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin, Told Slant, Pa Salieu, and Cakes da Killa
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, projects, and EPs from Amaarae, Ana Roxanne, Davido, Aesop Rock, Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin, Told Slant, Pa Salieu, and Cakes da Killa and Proper Villains. 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 Angel You Don’t Know is the debut full-length project from Ghanaian-American artist, rapper, and producer Amaarae. The 14-track release features contributions from Cruel Santino, Princess Adjua, Kojey Radical, Moliy, and others. The Angel You Don’t Know also includes Amaarae’s “LEAVE ME ALONE” and “FANCY.”
“I strived to colour outside of the afro-pop parameters and re-define for myself what it means to create African music,” Amaarae said in a press release. “Sonically, visually and spiritually my message is stronger than ever.”
The Angel You Don’t Know follows Amaarae’s 2017 EP Passionfruit Summers. Read Pitchfork’s Rising feature “Get to Know Amaarae, Who’s Expanding the Sound of Afropop.”
Ana Roxanne’s Because of a Flower follows the Los Angeles–based ambient artist’s 2019 debut ~~~. Written and recorded over the span of five years, the album is inspired in part by Roxanne’s experiences as an intersex person. She weaves together drones, soft drums, and layers of vocal loops to summon ambient atmospheres.
Nigerian artist Davido has released a star-studded follow-up to 2019’s A Good Time. The new one, called A Better Time, features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Nas, Young Thug, Hit-Boy, Tiwa Savage, and others. The album also includes “So Crazy,” Davido’s single with Lil Baby. Davido and his son Ifeanyi Adeleke executive produced A Better Time.
Aesop Rock is back with his first solo album in over four years: Spirit World Field Guide, the follow-up to April 2016’s The Impossible Kid, was led by “The Gates,” which received a partially-animated visual directed by Rob Shaw. The 21-track album explores a parallel world and its “terrain, wildlife, and social customs,” according to press materials.
Fly Siifu’s is the new LP from Los Angeles–based artist Pink Siifu and Virginia rapper Fly Anakin. The 22-track record features contributions from Liv.e, B. Cool-Aid, $ILKMONEY, Fousheé, Madlib, Jay Versace, Richmond beatmaker Graymatter, and more. Read about the album’s “Richard Pryor” in the Ones.
Send Them to Coventry is the debut project from British-Gambian rapper Pa Salieu. Contributors to Coventry include UK artists Mahalia and M1llionz, Trinidadian artist Boy Boy, and UK singer Eight9Fly. Read Pitchfork’s track review of the project’s “Betty.”
New York MC Cakes da Killa is back with a new EP: Muvaland features four full-length tracks and two interludes, all produced by Proper Villains. Cakes recently released standout single “Don Dada” along with a colorful music video starring Bidi. The Muvaland EP follows Cakes’ 2016 debut album Hedonism.