Welcome to Release Radar––your weekly pass to the most exciting new releases from across the music spectrum. Attendee.com wants to put the hottest new albums on your radar so you’re always in the know and ready to catch the artists live when they come to town. From prominent pop stars and indie rockers to hip-hop’s up-and-comers, we’ve got you covered! 

King PrincessCheap Queen 

In 2018, a slew of catchy, eclectic singles propelled King Princess into the upper echelons of pop. A pair of collaborations with some of the genre’s vanguard (Fiona Apple, Mark Ronson) further boosted the 20-year-old singer’s profile. This led her to Cheap Queen, KP’s debut album that showcases not only her unique R&B vocal stylings, but also proves she’s wise beyond her years. The lyrical content of these tracks is soaked in parables and rich narrative details. The production provides ample backup with a mixture of jazz piano, old-school hip-hop percussion, and thoughtful composition. However, King Princess is still a singer of the modern age: her songs deal with the struggle and angst of being a queer youth, and her vocal influences are just as impacted by Frank Ocean and Joss Stone as they are by Billie Holiday. Cheap Queen establishes the up-and-comer as one of pop’s strongest talents. 

 

 

White Reaper – You Deserve Love

With You Deserve Love, Louisville’s White Reaper provides further evidence that they might be one of America’s last straight-forward rock n’ roll groups. First and foremost, White Reaper relies on a collage of genres and styles from rock history that morphed into a modern form. Stand-out tracks like Saturday reminisce about being young and reckless by envoking The Beach Boys, while 1F plays on the tropes of early ‘80s pop rock to give you nostalgia for a time you likely weren’t alive. Secondly, the band is unapologetically earnest. There’s not a hint of irony or detached cynicism when lead singer Tony Esposito croons about fast cars and long nights. It’s genuine fun that doesn’t try to cover its tracks.  

Floating PointsCrush 

English electronic producer Sam Shepherd’s formal response to his critically acclaimed 2015 record Elaenia might be the most transcendental album of the year. Shepherd, under the moniker of Floating Points, had been a long time contributor to Britain’s house and EDM scene before truly coming into his own as a conceptual, poignantly composer. Crush begins with the kind of orchestral swelling you’d associate with a late-19th century concert hall, before diving into lucid and mediative house music. From there, Crush combines these two sonic textures to create a deeply reflective and existential album that’s half classical composition and half dance-hall ambient. It’s an innovative record that’s not to be slept on.


Anticipation Albums 

Ghetto Sage – Häagen Dazs

Saba, Smino and Noname, the cool kids of Chicago hip-hop, are longtime collaborators. Now they’ve formed the most promising supergroup since Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne. “Häagen Daz” is equal parts of each MC’s styles: the wispy groves of Smino, the snarky rhythm of Saba, and the poetic vulgarity of Noname come together for one of the best rap tracks in recent memory.

Andy ShaufThings I Do

Andy Shauf is a bit of an anomaly. He’s a former pop-punker turned modern Loudon Wainwright. Fans of his have eagerly awaited his follow-up to his 2016 masterpiece The Party. “Things I Do” picks up exactly where Shauf left off: tender melodies and ‘70s lounge pastiche that touch on the intimacies of being an introvert in an increasingly social, yet isolated world. 

 

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