“Not being afraid of using the studio for what it’s capable of is not necessarily a strategy, per se, but it does kind of open the door to infinite possibilities that I don’t think we ever really considered before this album.” That means a smattering of loop pedals and acoustic guitars — but even with the sonic tweaks, their knack for cathartic sing-alongs is alive and well. 27 For their first new album in 15 years, the ’90s kings of new jack swing sought inspiration from a younger generation of artists like Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and the Weeknd.“We would be like, ‘What would Justin say right here? “On one of our songs, ‘I’m Betta,’ we did a Timberlake impersonation.” But they also returned to their roots, and the album has nostalgic guest spots from Boyz II Men, Doug E. “We see that millennials know us from ‘Poison’ and ‘Do Me!’ but we wanted to keep it innovative,” says Ronnie De Voe.
I learned a lot and, as experience does, it folds itself into your everyday character.” , Feb.
17 Originally scheduled for this Fall, the singer-songwriter’s 16th studio album culls “quite literally 80” songs, as he told EW in Aug., down to the dozen that appear here.
TBD After three dreamy EPs and choice collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Rihanna, Solána “SZA” Rowe is finally ready to drop her debut album. “There are certain things that, in my mind, are conversations that I don’t realize are candid,” she explains.
“But my mom definitely lets me know when she hears it. ’” , March 3 Paisley has been a major Nashville player since debuting in 1999, but now he’s trying to mix things up.
“Run the Jewels is kind of a newborn child for us,” El-P says of .
“Every time we do one of these records, the kid grows up a little bit and has more to say.” This time around, they’re bringing in guests like TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and saxophone phenom Kamasi Washington.
That’d make sense considering member Jamie xx broke out in 2015 with his dazzling, dancey debut ‘s eight anthems.
“Our old strategy was trying to basically create a really great live record in the studio,” guitarist and singer Brian King says.
Adds El-P: “We can provide some music and some swagger in the face of doom.” , Jan.
13 Pop’s shiest trio have shared little details about their upcoming third LP, but judging by the lead single “On Hold,” expect them to veer into a more vibrant direction.
But their politically incendiary rhymes remain the draw, especially in the wake of 2016’s divisive election.