5 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Laura Mvula, G Herbo, Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, and More

Written by on July 3, 2021

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Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula, photo by Danny Kasirye
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 projects from Laura Mvula, G Herbo, Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, Surf Gang, and YN Jay. 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.)

Laura Mvula: Pink Noise [Atlantic]

Pink Noise is the third full-length record from British R&B singer Laura Mvula, following 2016’s The Dreaming Room and the 1/f EP she released in March. It’s also her first album for Atlantic. Mvula shared “Church Girl” when she announced the album in March, chasing it with “Safe Passage” and “Got Me.”

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Laura Mvula Pink Noise

G Herbo: 25 [Machine Entertainment Group]

25, the new album from drill rapper G Herbo, arrives a little more than a year after its predecessor, PTSD. Since then, G Herbo has launched a mental health initiative for Black youth and released the singles “Really Like That” and “Break Yoself.” In December, he released the song “Statement,” on which he addressed federal fraud charges levied against him.

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G Herbo 25

Bobby Gillespie / Jehnny Beth: Utopian Ashes [Third Man]

Utopian Ashes is the collaborative album from Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and Savages’ Jehnny Beth. The 10-song LP features Beth’s frequent collaborator Johnny Hostile and Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes, Martin Duffy, and Darrin Mooney. The record was partially inspired by classic country soul duets, such as George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s We Go Together, and Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’ Grievous Angel.

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Bobby Gillespie  Jehnny Beth Utopian Ashes

Surf Gang: Surf Gang Vol. 1 [Surf Gang]

The New York City hip-hop collective Surf Gang has released a new 15-song collection to showcase rappers and producers including Polo PerksPasto Flocco, Bobainee, Mohbaretta, Casper, JDN, and Harto Falion. It also includes a guest appearance by Babyxsosa.

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Surf Gang Surf Gang Vol. 1

YN Jay: Coochie Chronicles [Alamo]

Flint, Michigan rapper YN Jay is back with his second full-length of the year. Coochie Chronicles follows January’s Ninja Warrior. The 15-track project includes guest appearances from Coi Leray, Rio da Yung OG, and Louie Ray. Read more about YN Jay in Pitchfork’s “A Guide to Michigan Rap, 2020’s Most Exciting Regional Scene.”

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YN Jay Coochie Chronicles

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