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! 

Trippie Redd – A Love Letter to You 4

Trippie Redd - A Love Letter To You 4The mumble rap phenomena that started back in 2016 has since diluted the perception of those caught in this genre’s dragnet. With the untimely passing of artists like Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, the remaining associated acts of this niche cultural moment have sought to reestablish themselves within the rap zeitgeist. While Lil Uzi Vert appears to be the mumbler rapper with the most staying power, there’s stiff competition from Gen Z troubadour Trippie Redd. Redd framed himself as a competitor with the irresistible single “Topanga,” and his latest mixtape showcases his ability to croon melodies and rap with precise synchronicity. The 20-year-old rapper also perfects where Young Thug and Lil Nas X left off: the use of acoustic guitars to create rhythmic and stoic hip-hop beats. The album, which runs 22 tracks, is split between the aforementioned ballads and straightforward bangers with his contemporaries like Juice WRLD, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and DaBaby. A Love Letter to You 4 is a strong case for Trippie Redd as one of the more improved rap artists of 2019.

Get tickets to Trippie Redd’s performance at Terminal 5 on February 23 Here

Beck – Hyperspace

Beck - HyperspacePop music’s most mercurial chameleon has returned with his 14th studio album. Hyperspace is the veteran writer and producer at his most modern: icy synths, well-curated autotune, and contemporary hip-hop drum orientations. However, unlike 2017’s Color, Beck is much less drawn to redressing the R&B and funk music he notoriously distorts. Instead he opts for a contemplative and scenic approach; there aren’t any particularly quirky lyrics or impromptu jam sessions. And while this record sometimes feels like it’s trying to reinvigorate Beck to a youth audience, it’s more often than not a lifelong musician entering a new stage of development in their artistic journey.

Anticipation Albums

Yo La Tengo – “Eight Candles”

Hanukkah+ Yo La TengoIndie rock staples Yo La Tengo have released the first single for their forthcoming Hanukkah album. It’s a fitting project for a band that has been throwing a yearly Hannukkah show for decades now. “Eight Candles” is in many ways a secular holiday jam: it’s mixed with just enough reverb and distortion to give one the feeling that they are immersed in the glowing lights of a winter evening. The organ that anchors the track feels spiritual in a nondenominational sense. The harmonized vocals are murmured and distant. It’ll be a great song to play when your holiday party is winding down and you’re sitting with a few close friends for a night cap.

Grab tickets to Yo La Tengo's Bowery Ballroom performance on December 22 Here

Burial – “Old Tape”

Burial - Old TapeThe critically acclaimed but incredibly secretive British dub producer Burial has released a new single. It’s apart of the collaboration with Burial’s label, Hyperdub, and the counterculture factory Adult Swim. “Old Tape” is a sprawling, eight- minute track with all the signature Burial trappings: haunted synthesizers, disassociated vocal samplings, and found sound percussion. A compilation of Burial’s EPs, Tunes 2011-2019, drops December 6th.

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