half•alive – Conditions of a Punk
Long Beach trio half•alive drop their sophomore album, Conditions of a Punk, early this month. The band have already teased a good number of the tracks via their Give Me Your Shoulders, Part 1 earlier this year. Known for their shimmering, often wholesome musical qualities, expect a feelgood record.
Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains
The follow-up to his 2018 debut, Heroes & Villains has already gained notable hype after a short video has been released in the run-up to the album, featuring Gunna, Young Thug and Qatar World Cup promoter Morgan Freeman.
White Lung – Premonition
Canadian outfit White Lung drop their fifth album this month. Premonition actually dates back to 2017, when the band reconvened in Vancouver with their longtime producer Jesse Gander to begin working on the record. A lot has obviously happened since then, as it did for Frontwoman Mish Barber-Way, who had a baby in the time period. As a result, this record’s been billed as an album “about birth and rebirth”. We’ll be able to hear what that entails soon.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Me vs. Myself
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie gives us his first full-length studio album in two years with Me vs. Myself. As expected with such a title, the album cover offers a fairly pensive display, with an animated rendition of the New York staring at his reflection in a lake.
Sam Ryder – There’s Nothing but Space, Man!
For many, Sam Ryder might forever be “the singer what won us Eurovision”, but he’s an artist beyond the slightly naff glitz of the competition. And with his debut studio album, he’ll be hoping to cement his status as such. Ryder’s made a transition before mind; before Eurovision, he was known simply as a TikTok star. Underrate him at your peril.
UPSAHL – Sagittarius
Okay so it’s an EP, and I’m breaking the rules. But it’s December and I’m feeling Christmassy. Singer-songwriter UPSAHL (real name Taylor Cameron Upsahl) is dropping her EP Sagittarius early this month. The 24-year-old has already toured with the likes of Yungblud and Fletcher, and we’ll see (and hear) how much of a punch that packs in her forthcoming release.
Ab-Soul – HERBERT
Longstanding Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Ab-Soul is dropping an album named after him. The rapper, whose real name is Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, is following the artistic decision of many an artist of late, with an album he’s described as “going back to [his] foundation”.