5 New Albums You Need Hear This Week

Simi opens her fourth studio album by reflecting on the “beautiful journey” she’s been on both in music and in motherhood. To Be Honest is 11 punchy tracks where Simi’s voice is a character on the album, bending around sweet productions as on “Born Again” and flitting into harmonies as on “Loyal.” Though the album is electric, Simi’s lithe performances have a grounding effect—it’s impossible to listen to this record and not feel a rush of calmness wash over you.

The fourth Post Malone album is here, and the singer’s come a long way from “White Iverson.” Pained single “Cooped Up” tackled Posty feeling like an outcast and jittery in his own skin. On Twelve Carat Toothache, it doesn’t sound like Post enjoys being in the spotlight as much as he loves noodling around in the studio making music. In terms of features, rap’s upper echelon—Roddy Ricch, Gunna—brush shoulders with the Fleet Foxes, reminding listeners of Post Malone’s range of influences.

Though he’s been in the spotlight for the better part of a decade, Naira Marley is taking divine inspiration for his long-awaited debut album. God’s Timing’s The Best follows 2019’s Lord of Lamba EP and caps off a monster singles run over the last few years that’s made him one of the most-streamed artists on Audiomack, and one of Nigeria’s most notorious, controversial, and beloved stars. Mayorkun, Mohbad, Zinoleesky, Lil Kesh, Jada Kingdom, and more feature on Marlians head honcho’s first full-length.

About a minute into 070 Shake’s single “Skin and Bones,” there’s a blare of electric guitar that stands in for Shake’s heartbeat. The tune catalogs her unwillingness to leave a moment of love-meets-lust, and the instrumentation simulates the rush of tangled limbs. It’s one of many moments on You Can’t Kill Me where Shake’s voice and the production become a wall of emotive sound. Her sophomore album packs even more texture than 2020’s Modus Vivendi, adding vivid imagery to go with the big orchestral sweeps that mark her sound.

Vehnom is not just a performing artist/vocalist but he is also an instrumentalist who played the role as a drummer for his church and his school respectively. JOURNEY JUST COME (JJC) The EP is a compilation of VEHNORM’s pain, struggle, emotions, and deep experiences in his journey in search of the journey to Greatness. The journey that never ends, but with talent, support, devotion, and true dedication, it’s a journey that will touch lives and that’s the journey he chose to pursue instead.