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 J. Cole, Sons of Kemet, Jorja Smith, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Giant Claw, and LSDXOXO. 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.)
North Carolina’s J. Cole had said the follow-up to 2018’s KOD was titled The Fall Off, but for now, he’s back with The Off-Season. He released the single “i n t e r l u d e” earlier this month. Applying Pressure, a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the album, arrived on YouTube this week.
According to Sons of Kemet bandleader and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the jazz trio’s second album Black to the Future “depicts a movement to redefine and reaffirm what it means to strive for black power.” Arriving three years after its predecessor Your Queen Is a Reptile, the record features guest spots from Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, and grime artist D Double E, plus Kojey Radical and Lianne La Havas on “Hustle.”