Release Roundup: Alphabet Soup’s AS

Experimental electronic duo Alphabet Soup released their “self-titled” debut EP AS on Friday morning after nearly a month of rollout.

The EP features a mixture of electronic and industrial hip-hop beats with vocals muffled under a slough of audio effects and distortion.

In the words of one member who aptly goes by Soup, “AS is about Alphabet Soup. The EP is an ode, in a way, to the artists and albums that Alphabet and I have fallen in love with over the years.”

Nearly every track, as notated by their Bandcamp, has another track along with it that the band used as inspiration in it’s creative process. On their Spotify, they also have a playlist called “A.S. Inspirations.” A comprehensive list of 10 tracks that both members used to fuel the creative fire of the record.

As of now the band has teased a physical release of their EP along with an accompanying music video for one of the songs.

Listen to AS right now:

Release Roundup: Isaiah Rashad The House is Burning

After waiting for a half a decade Isaiah Rashad is back with his third studio record The House is Burning.

In his cover story with FADER Isaiah Rashad detailed the struggles he encountered in the years following his second album The Sun’s Tirade. One of the primary factors leading to his prolonged absence was his struggle with alcohol addiction, which would eventually lead to his stay in the Dana Point Rehab facility.

“There wasn’t a whole bunch of recovery….I just went into the interviews and told n****s I fucked my life and health up,” Rashad told FADER.

If that wasn’t enough Rashad also became a irresponsible spender, draining his funds, and causing him to end up on a friends couch for a few months. “It was the quickest fall from grace I could ever imagine,” said Rashad.

Luckily, fans know how the story ends and Rashad’s meteoric rise to the forefront of hip-hop is more than welcome after his disappearance.

The record is supposed to be a more fun take on Rashad’s traditionally nostalgic production and self-conscious lyricism. Small departures into more traditional sounding hip-hop like his first single “Lay Wit Ya” occasionally dot the album as well.

With that being said, the record still follows a loose concept much like the rest of his discography.

“The world’s on fire. The water is polluted, there’s so much CO2 pouring into the ozone. But when you take it to a micro level…when your house is on fire, are you going to go into that bitch to get the personal possessions, or are you just going to trust in yourself and in God that you’re going to be able to bounce back?”

Listen to The House Is Burning now:

Mercedes-Benz Stadium embraces Kanye West’s extended stay

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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium temporarily changed their name on Twitter to the “DONDA Studio at Mercedes-Benz Stadium” to reflect Kanye West moving his studio operations to the stadium exclusively.

It’s been five days since Kanye West premiered his tenth studio album DONDA to fans via his listening event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Since the event took place West has missed his original announced deadline of July 23. In response, him and his team have locked themselves inside the stadium in order to finish the record. This includes the likes of Mike Dean, Digital Nas and Malik Yusef just to name a few.

However, the stadium has remained very supportive of his unexpected inhabitance. Aside from changing their name on Twitter, the stadium has also made a plaque for the impromptu studio which they revealed in a since-deleted Tweet.

Since then details have been quite muddy surrounding the release of DONDA. There have been a few photos that have surfaced of their current setup and living situation. Most infamous among them is a photo West posted on Wednesday morning which reveals he’s taken residence in a windowless locker room.

Since the DONDA team’s establishment in the locker rooms the Mercedes Benz Stadium is remaining closed until further notice.

Release Roundup: Vince Staples Self-titled record

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Vince Staples releases his self-titled LP this Friday after a 3 year gap following his last album FM!

The eponymous record sits at just 22 minutes and features a very different sound than what most are used to hearing from the North-side Long Beach rapper. Opting for more melodic styles of rapping and beats with stronger production its a far cry from his old ways.

With that being said, since the release of his 2018 record FM! the rapper has remained relatively quiet music wise. In 2019, Staples released 3 singles alongside episodes of his short-lived comedy web series: The Vince Staples Show. However, only 2 episodes were officially released before the show was seemingly canned.

Afterward, there wasn’t much to hear from Staples, until a recent interview with GQ revealed that the rapper had been hard at work during his silence.

Not only is Vince Staples working on a new Netflix show, this one also bearing his name, he’s also planning on releasing two records the first being his self-titled and the next titled Ramona Park Broke My Heart.

While the second record has no official release date its clear that his titular record is not the last we will hear from him in 2021.

Listen to Vince Staples here:

Halsey releases album release date and cover for If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

Halsey Unveils Cover For Fourth Studio Album, 'If I Can't Have Love, I Want  Power'

Halsey revealed the album cover and release date for her upcoming Nine Inch Nails produced record If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Tuesday morning on social media.

Her fourth album was initially teased a week ago with a billboard and revealing the official title and production credits given to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

The medieval style cover features her and a child sitting atop a throne with sharp arches all seemingly pointing at her. She is adorned in a Victorian dress open at the top exposing her bare chest and on her head sits a golden crown.

According to Halsey herself the cover is very personal and expresses her feelings about pregnancy and breastfeeding. She writes: “This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. We have a long way to go with eradicating the social stigma around bodies & breastfeeding. I hope this can be a step in the right direction!”

She continues with this same mindset while explaining the concept of her new record. As she puts it the album is not only about the “joys” of pregnancy but also the “horrors.”

“It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months….  The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can co-exist peacefully and powerfully,” explained Halsey.

While the cover came as a shock to some fans, but many others were quick to point out that it bared a major similarity the “Melun Diptych” by Jean Fouquet. A painting depicting a “breast-feeding Madonna.” Something that was intentional by Halsey as the painting was a profile picture she used for an alternate account used to tease the album before its official announcement.

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power will release on August 27, 2021.

ScHoolboy Q confirms new music in Twitter spree

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During a small tweeting spree on Monday afternoon, ScHoolboy Q confirmed to fans he would “put music out.”

ScHoolboy Q has not released a full length project since his record CrasH Talk released in 2019. Aside from a few singles and features the rapper has remained tight lipped on future releases until today.

After a nearly two month period of relative silence ScHoolboy Q went on a short Twitter binge spanning about 9 tweets. It began with a short tweet from Q that simply said, “I feel good today.”

Fans immediately wrote back asking questions provoking the TDE rapper, many of which were about new music.

Q would initially only respond to a few fans who had sent photos of tattoos they had gotten as tribute to his work as well as a tweet in response to frequent collaborator, Tyler, the Creator.

Afterward, ScHoolboy Q would begin humorously responding to other responses his initial tweet garnered.

One fan said, “Tell Kendrick to drop then.” To which Q obliged.

Another asked, “You’re dropping another album right Q?” Which he sarcastically responded with, “Naw ima full time twitcH streamer. Wats rap?”

Fed up, one user responded to this tweet with a video of him on stage and a caption that read, “cmon dawg like dont you miss performing.”

Shortly after, ScHoolboy Q tweeted back, “My last sHow in da states befo COVID… Yea ima put music out.”

Q would further confirm this sentiment in a response to another frustrated Twitter user saying, “Damn… ok ima come back”

The spree would come to a close with one final tweet from the LA rapper stating, “I’m Headed to tHe gym CuHz ima bad one. Peace”

As sudden as it started it was over, and the rapper would fade back into the depths of the internet.

Halsey teases new album produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Halsey Updates on Twitter: "iamhalsey: If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power  The FOURTH album by Halsey Produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross…  https://t.co/pSJBx8uCL9"

Halsey revealed the title of her new fourth studio album: If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power via a billboard Monday morning.

Along with the title the singer also announced that it would feature exclusive production from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are the only permanent members of Nine Inch Nails and most recently won a Golden Globe for best original score for their work on Pixar’s Soul.

Both Nine Inch Nails and Halsey made identical posts announcing their collaboration along with a small snippet of a currently unnamed track.

The billboard in the post is located in L.A. on Sunset Boulevard intersecting with San Vincente Boulevard. It was found thanks to cryptic Instagram post made from an account associated with Halsey which released the coordinates of the billboard.

The account called called “iichliwp,” an abbreviation of her album title has been in use since late May and will likely continue to reveal more information about the album overtime.

As of now, there is no official release date for If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.

Release Roundup: Tyler, the Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost

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Tyler, the Creator has gone from rollout to the official release of his sixth studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST in just under a month.

The album takes a similar approach in terms of subject matter to his previous record IGOR, following a new alter ego, Tyler Baudelaire, as he falls in love with a woman already with another man. However, similarities between this record and IGOR stop there.

For CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST Tyler opted to create a more traditional hip-hop record with very select bouts of experimentation and genre-bending. The record in itself is meant to an addition to the Gangsta Grillz series of mixtapes. A series of records that were pertinent during the early 2000s.

This is evident from the frequent adlibs performed by DJ Drama, similar to those found in Kendrick Lamar’s last record DAMN.

It’s also become a form of wish-fulfillment for Tyler, as he’s wanted a Gangsta Grillz tape since 2010.

DJ Drama told Complex,: “I think this being his dream in a lot of ways, I wanted to give him the components to make his masterpiece. It has that Gangsta Grillz feel, but this is Tyler’s album. I wanted to relinquish some of the control and let him do what he always dreamed about.”

As far as the other features go, there are several prominent names on the record. Including the likes of Pharrell Williams, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Brent Faiyaz and many more.

The original number that fans spotted on billboards, kicking off the album rollout is still in use as of publication. It currently plays a snippet of the track “RISE!” from the album. However, on the day of release Tyler would pick up those who called the number.

A signup sheet now appears on the CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST website, however, it’s unknown what this will be used for.

Stream CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST here:

IDK unveils album cover and release date for upcoming project

Rapper IDK revealed the album cover and gave fans an official release date for his highly anticipated follow-up to his debut studio album.

Nearly four months of album rollout later and IDK has finally given fans a set date that they can expect his sophomore album USEE4YOURSELF to arrive; July 9.

In an Instagram post the rapper revealed the album cover along with a caption revealing some of his thoughts on the project. “The idea of love is a complicated thing. It’s even more complicated for a black man in an environment that limits your vulnerability. I needed the truth to heal. I’m only now starting to see that,” wrote IDK.

However, that’s not the say the rapper hasn’t been giving out information about the record since he officially acknowledged its existence all the way back in February.

In fact, IDK has been giving fans a lot of content like move nights on his official discord server, hidden messages from secret Instagram accounts with limited follower capacities, and even a few covers.

IDK also isn’t shy when it comes to releasing singles, releasing the first single for USEE4YOURSELF “SHOOT MY SHOT” in April and “Just Like Martin” a month prior.

Fans can certainly expect much more rollout in the month leading up to the release of his newest project.

USEE4YOURSELF is now available for pre-save on Spotify and Apple Music.

Release Roundup: Black Midi’s Cavalcade

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Black Midi released their long awaited follow-up to their debut record Schlagenheim this Wednesday two days ahead of schedule.

Instead of continuing their post-punk sound they opted for a more traditional prog-rock aesthetic for Cavalcade, very reminiscent of pioneer acts like King Crimson.

This time around the band would also have to record their guitarist Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin, due to his recent struggle with mental health issues. Regardless, Kwasniewski-Kelvin still retains some writing credits for a few tracks despite not making an appearance on the album.

The day of release Black Midi livestreamed the entire album on their YouTube channel holding a mock listening party for fans all over the world. Despite the listening party taking place two days before the album was slated to officially release it was almost immediately after the stream.

In early May Black Midi also announced a 2021 UK, Europe and US tour in support of Cavalcade.

If that wasn’t enough they will also be making an appearance at Pitchforks Music Festival in Sept. 2021.