January 30, 2023

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8 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: SZA, Valee, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and More

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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 EPs from SZA, Valee, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Leland Whitty, Hammok, Nathan Salsburg, Kamaiyah, and Bryce Dessner & Alejandro G. Iñárritu. 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.)

SZA: SOS [Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA]

Five years after the generation-defining Ctrl, SZA’s follow-up is finally here. As anticipation built to a fever pitch, news of delays and label drama spread; there were leaks, loosies, and tantalizing singles, all leading to the announcement last month that the album was (really, truly) ready. Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott, Don Toliver, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard feature on the record. Familiar songs include “Shirt,” “Blind,” “Good Days,” and “I Hate U.”

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Valee: Vacabularee [Shell Company]

Chicago rapper Valee’s Vacabularee follows a pair of short collaborative releases from last year, The Trappiest Elevator Music Ever! (with AyoChillMannn) and Gimme Five Im High (with ChaseTheMoney), as well as his 2019 EP, Runnin’ Rich, which featured his dyed dog on the cover. The new full-length has production from AyoChillMannn, Dylvinci, and others, as well as guest spots from skateboarder and rapper Na-Kel Smith and Bruiser Brigade’s Zelooperz.

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