6 albums released this week you should check out now

With so much good music released all the time, it can be difficult to determine what to listen to first. Every week Pitchfork offers a number of important new releases for streaming services. This week it features new albums, projects and EPs from J. Cole, Sons of Kemet, Jorja Smith, the Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Giant Claw and LSDXOXO. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All of the publications featured here are independently selected by our editors. However, if you buy something through our affiliate links, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

J. Cole:: The low season [Dreamville/Interscope/Roc Nation]

J. Cole of North Carolina said the 2018 sequel to KOD was called The Fall Off, but for now he’s back with The Off-Season. Earlier this month he released the song “Interlude”. Applying Pressure, a behind the scenes documentary about the making of the album, hit YouTube this week.

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Sons of Kemet:: Black in the future [Impulse!]

According to Sons of Kemet bandleader and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the second album by jazz trio Black to the Future shows “a movement to redefine and reaffirm what it means to strive for black power”. Arrived three years after its predecessor Your Queen Is a Reptile, the album features guest appearances by Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid and grime artist D Double E as well as Kojey Radical and Lianne La Havas on “Hustle”.

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