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 from Little Simz, the Smile, Young Dolph, For Tracy Hyde, Boldy James & Cuns, and Your Old Droog. 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.)
Little Simz: No Thank You [Forever Living Originals/AWAL]
Now a revered veteran of UK rap, Little Simz is back with the follow-up to 2021’s Mercury Prize–winning Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Produced entirely by Inflo, the record is a tight, 10-track suite of classic-sounding hip-hop, with Simz rapping over beats rooted in soul and R&B as Inflo’s Sault bandmate Cleo Sol dips in and out on backing vocals.
The Smile: The Smile (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2022) [XL]
This past July, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Tom Skinner brought their jazzy, spooky, folky alternative rock to Montreux Jazz Festival. You can hear a streamlined version of that set (minus the new songs) on this new live EP. With the eight-song collection of tracks from A Light For Attracting Attention (which includes a medley of “Free in the Knowledge” and “A Hairdryer”), the band follows the likes of Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and Wu-Tang Clan in releasing a set recorded at the venerable Swiss festival.