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 projects from André 3000, Danny Brown, Kurt Vile, Ali Sethi & Nicolás Jaar, DJ Manny, Daniel Bachman, Thandi Ntuli, Rainy Miller & Space Afrika, and Frog. 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.)
André 3000: New Blue Sun [Epic]
Though he’s made occasional guest features, more than 15 years have passed since André 3000 last formally released his own music. Few would have guessed his return would be an instrumental LP dominated by flutes and digital wind instruments, though photos of his travels—flute in tow—may have offered a clue. Its opening track is titled “I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a ‘Rap’ Album but This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time.” André 3000 has said New Blue Sun is inspired by Laraaji, Brian Eno, Alice Coltrane, Steve Reich, Pharoah Sanders, and an ayahuasca trip in which he turned into a panther. Prepare yourselves.