It’s been a busy week of music, with a ton of artists are dropping bodies of work. To make sure our readers are all up to speed, HYPEBEAST offers ICYMI, a list of significant new projects, songs and videos that have been recently released but you may have missed. This week’s selections include projects from Lil Durk, Steve Aoki, Pink Sweat$, Tommy Genesis, Louis The Child, Kodie Shane, SG Lewis, IDK, THEY., Westerman and Mr. Eazi.
Lil Durk – Signed To The Streets 3 [Alamo/Interscope]
Growing from a hero on the Chicago streets to a hip-hop household name, Lil Durk commands a loyal legion of fans with his melodic and poignant songwriting. Durk shares Signed to the Streets 3, his first studio album since 2016’s Lil Durk 2X. A continuation of a series that began with Durk’s 2013 breakout mixtape Signed to the Streets, the third installment of the series by the Alamo records signee features additional guest spots from Kevin Gates, Ty Dolla $ign, Kodak Black, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
Steve Aoki – Neon Future III [Ultra Music/Dim Mak]
Steve Aoki drops his newest installment to the Neon Future series, Neon Future III. The 17-track album includes cross-genre collaborations while reflecting his deep interest in futurism and serving as his most pop-driven project to date. The LP comes fresh off the heels of the hit “Waste It On Me” with global megastars BTS that has just entered the Billboard Hot 100 this week and marks Aoki’s fifth top 10 and BTS’ first on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
“We have 17 amazing collaborations on this album, including Lady Antebellum, blink-182, Mike Posner, Era Istrefi, Bella Thorne, Jimmy Eat World, Louis Tomlinson, Lauren Jauregui, and, obviously, BTS,” Aoki says. “Neon Future is also about a global community. Across the board, the artists on this album represent different cultures, languages, and walks of life coming together around this album concept. I hope you enjoy it.”
THEY. – Fireside [Mind of a Genius/WBR]
LA-based alt R&B duo THEY., consisting of Dante and Drew, release their ‘Fireside’ EP. The project features collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Gallant, Vic Mensa and Jessie Reyez. It’s lined with their signature blend of R&B that also draws from the rap, indie rock and grunge they grew up on, which continues to set them apart from the pack.
Tommy Genesis – Tommy Genesis [Downtown Records]
Rising star Tommy Genesis releaes self-titled debut album via Downtown Records. This is Genesis’ first body of work since the 2015 mixtape World Vision. To go along with the LP, Genesis also premiered a short film entitled God Is Wild, which was directed by Genesis and Brando, executive produced by Everybodyneedsus and features Richie Shazam Khan as God. Genesis will be going on the road for her God is Wild Tour that will take her through Europe and North America in 2019.
Louis The Child – Kids at Play [Interscope Records]
Chicago-bred production duo Louis the Child share their new EP, Kids at Play, via Polydor Records. Louis the Child, a duo made up of producer/musicians Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett, are led by strong singles including “Better Not” featuring Wafia.
The nine-track album features appearances by artists like Elohim, MAX, Quinn XCI, and their first collaboration with UK emerging songstress RAYE. Says Robby and Freddy, “We’re incredibly excited for the world to hear Kids at Play! We wanted to capture the feeling of being a kid and that time in your life where you’re carefree and full of excitement, curiosity, and wonder. Our hope is to take you back to that time in your life.”
Kodie Shane – Young HeartThrob [Epic Records]
Kodie Shane unleashes her debut studio album, Young HeartThrob, via Epic Records. The 15-track LP illuminate a wide creative palette, showcasing a musical evolution for the starlet that has earned her praise as one of the most exciting new artists today. Bolstering features from TK Kravitz and longtime collaborator Trippie Redd, the album includes production work from frequent collaborator Matty P, as well as names like Wundagirl, Dallas Austin, OZ, Reske, Mark Murrille and more.
IDK – IDK & Friends :) [HXLY, LLC/Foundation Media]
DMV rapper IDK drops off his EP, IDK & Friends :), a 7-track project that features guest appearances from Denzel Curry, Maxo Kream, Q Da Fool, Wale and Rico Nasty. When discussing the EP, IDK shares, “I wanted to make everything effortless and non-conceptual; I didn’t want to make this particular project a story. I just got with my rap friends and used this as an opportunity to challenge myself and make better hooks.”
Westerman – Ark [Blue Flowers Music]
West London’s Westerman releases his new Ark EP. The new EP was written over the course of two days ensuring a looser, more nebulous sound. Ark‘s sound is born from the urgency of its writing sessions. Westerman conjured up the EP in the midst of a hectic schedule, stealing the only time he could to write. “I had this brief window to go into myself and try to make sense of the shifts that were going on around me,” he says of the project. “Ark is a symbol of solace and of transition.”
Mr. Eazi – Life is Eazi Vol. 2 – Lagos to London [Banku Music]
Mr Eazi shares his new mixtape Life is Eazi Vol. 2 – Lagos to London, which features guest spots from Diplo, Chronixx, Burna Boy, Giggs and more. Fresh off his US tour in support of superstar J Balvin, Mr Eazi is one of the world’s most popular Nigerian artists at the moment millions of streaming plays across Spotify, YouTube, etc.
Pink Sweat$ – Volume 1 [Banku Music]
Philadelphia’s Pink Sweat$ is a bright new face in the R&B world who is starting to get some momentum. The budding star releases his debut project Volume 1, a six-track EP that feautures no guest appearances. The porject is led by “Drama” and “Honesty.”
SG Lewis – Dark [Casablanca/Republic Records]
Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis releases the highly-anticipated new five-track project Dark. The new record serves as the second chapter of his upcoming three-part concept album Dusk, Dark, Dawn, which chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture.
While Dusk (released earlier this year) blended disco, smooth electro and funk, the second chapter in the trilogy Dark explores distinctly heavier yet still diverse sounds.
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