This month we feature new music from Dirty Projectors, Frank Ocean, Nas, Purity Ring, and Rick Ross.
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Dirty Projectors return with their third album and are sure to not disappoint. The band’s lead single “Gun Has No Trigger” is a smooth harmonious jam that is a great representation of their sound. Dirty Projectors are not afraid to experiment with their music, and Swing Lo Magellan doesn’t shy away from experimentation. You should also go and listen to their first two albums Rise Above and Bitte Orca.
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Last December we named Frank Ocean’s mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra as one of 2011’s best albums. This month Mr. Ocean releases his first studio album Channel Orange, and we couldn’t be more excited. The first track released is the epic “Pyramids” which is basically two equally amazing tracks mixed into one. Ocean has one of the best voices in music, and Channel Orange lives up to that.
Nas – Life Is Good
According to Nas “life is good,” and we agree. The new album is a mix of vintage lyrics and grown man problems. The lead track “Daughters” deals with Nas’ own joy and difficulty of raising a daughter. But the album moves from the more heartfelt tracks like “Daughters” to the street friendly “The Don.” It’s no easy to be a hip-hop legend, and Life Is Good holds up to the legend.
Purity Ring – Shrines
Shrines is the first album from synth pop duo Purity Ring, and it will have your head nodding for the rest of the year. The album is the perfect mix of hip-hop bass lines and electro pop beats that create chill club songs that sound great with the top down.
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t
It’s about friggin time! For those who don’t know, Rick Ross latest album God Forgives, I Don’t was set for release last October. But due to some medical setbacks, the album was pushed all the way back to this month.
Written By Sam Chery