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JUNE 2017, which music album will be released


Nothing inspires us to roll down the windows, crank up the music and get down like the beginning of summer. If you’ve just endured an oppressive winter and a rainy spring, feeling those first tinges of warmth in the air is cause for celebration, and the month of June has the soundtrack covered. Here are some of the albums due out in the next 30 days that we can’t wait to drop the needle on, from Chuck Berry to Lorde to Vince Staples and beyond.

1. Chuck Berry, Chuck

Release Date: June 16
Label: EP

In 2016, a slew of legendary rock icons died shortly after releasing their farewell albums. In 2017, the late Chuck Berry is basically doing the same in reverse. Berry completed the aptly titled Chuck, his final studio album, shortly before his death in March. Though it’s his first album of new material in nearly 40 years, the rock-and-roll style is recognizably his own—there’s a rollicking single called “Big Boys” and a sequel to “Johnny B. Goode” titled “Lady B. Goode.” Of course, it’s remarkable that there is a new Chuck Berry album at all. It’s been 90 years since he was born, so this is the chronological equivalent of Justin Bieber putting out a new album in the year 2084. That album should be fun to listen to during the climate apocalypse. —Zach Schonfeld

2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

Release Date: June 16
Label: GOOD Music

It’s true, pretty girls do like trap music. But you know who else likes trap music? Everyone—or at least everyone looking to spend summer nights milly rocking and twerking to head-banging hip-hop beats. 2 Chainz recently released the first single from his new project, titled, “4 AM.” Featuring twice platinum-selling rapper Travis Scott, and reminiscent of Chainz’s previous work, the song offers a simple beat and catchy lyrics mixed with Scott’s signature Auto Tune-induced sound. If the track list for the Atlanta rapper’s upcoming album is any indication—songs include party-friendly titles like “Good Drank,” “Saturday Night,” “Sleep When U Die” and “It’s a Vibe,” to name a few—then fans should expect their summer to be loaded with an unlimited number of late-night thrills that turn into daytime adventures. —Janice Williams

3. Lorde, Melodrama

Release Date: June 16
Label: Republic Records

It’s been nearly four years since Lorde introduced the world to her soothing and raspy voice with the release of her first album, Pure Heroine. After her lengthy absence, the New Zealand singer returns with a new body of work that will more than likely be a source of daily motivation for more than just avocado toast advocates, aka millennials. With singles like “Green Light,” “Liability” and “Homemade Dynamite,” which she first introduced during her Coachella performance in April, fans should expect to hear an album filled with quips about the ups-and-downs of being 20-somethings in modern-day society perfectly laced over dark and brooding beats. —Janice Williams

4. Michael Nau, Some Twist

Release Date: June 16
Label: Suicide Squeeze

My first inclination was to write here about how Michael Nau’s new album, Some Twist, makes for some perfect, easygoing summer listening. This is certainly true, but then again I could just as easily picture daydreaming along to Nau’s lambent songwriting touch in some snowed-in log cabin in the dead of winter. Songwriting as graceful and elemental as Nau’s is ripe for any season, and though he’s been at it for years with Page France and Cotton Jones, he’s truly come into his own as a solo artist with this, his second release under his own name. —Ryan Bort

5. Roya, Roya

Release Date: June 16
Label: Burger Records

No label is more stocked with summer jams than Burger Records, and the Los Angeles psych-rock specialists are dropping Roya’s self-titled debut album just in time. Fronted by Rahill Jamalifard of Habibi and featuring members of The Clean, Angry Angles and Grooms, Roya, who are based in Brooklyn, have actually been around since 2015. The two-year wait for an album was worth it, though. Their psychedelic post-punk sound is driving, seductive and the perfect prescription for whatever’s ailing you as the sun shines the brightest. —Ryan Bort

6. Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory

Release Date: June 23
Label: Def Jam

Vince Staples went from promising up-and-comer to bonafide mainstream star with his 2015 album Summertime ’06 and its hit single “Norf Norf,” on which the then-21-year-old raps about hailing from the north side of Long Beach, California. Prima Donna followed a year later, and now, with Big Fish, his fourth album in four years, it looks like Staples is poised to challenge Kendrick Lamar as the king of California, and maybe even of the West Coast, and maybe even of the entire country. It goes beyond his ability to drop bars. In an interview with LA Weekly, Staples spoke of his desire to innovate, and how the album has a decidedly electronic bent. “All I can tell you is that it’s current. It’s tomorrow. It’s next Thursday,” Staples said. “We making future music. It’s Afro-futurism. This is my Afro-futurism. There’s no other kind.” —Ryan Bort

7. Algiers, The Underside Of Power

Release Date: June 23
Label: Matador

We didn’t know much about Algiers when we went to see them perform in New York City last month. We knew they were a socially and politically conscious group that could command a room with their intensity, but that was about it. Someone mentioned Rage Against the Machine as a possible comparison. This wasn’t really the case. MC5 was more like it, but even that’s kind of a stretch. In reality, the dark, swirling, soulful, reverb-washed rock of this East Coast four-piece defies comparison, which is about the rarest thing you can say about a band in 2017.

As for the political aspect, it’s certainly present. “This album was recorded in a political environment that collapses the late 70s economic crisis and the looming onslaught of arch-conservative neoliberalism, via Thatcher and Reagan, into the late 1930s, a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad,” said bassist Ryan Mahan said in a press release. The Underside Of Power is Algiers’s second album, but first on a label with the reach of Matador. Hopefully this will allow people to take notice, as we’ve never been in more desperate need of art that aims to engage—rather than distract from—America’s political landscape. —Ryan Bort

8. Beach House, B-Sides And Rarities

Release Date: June 30
Label: Sub Pop

If you like Beach House’s albums, chances are you will also enjoy Beach House’s b-sides. The dream-pop duo knows how to set a mood. This is a career-spanning collection that dates as far back as 2005, when nobody knew who Beach House was and we were all listening to Bloc Party instead, for some reason that probably made sense at the time. “Our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much,” the band writes, “just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making.” In addition to songs you haven’t heard, there’s a remix of “Norway,” which might just be the best Beach House song. —Zach Schonfeld

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10 Best New Songs of the Week


Every week, Vulture and friends highlight the best new music. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year’s best music.

Sufjan Stevens, “Chicago (Demo)”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard alternate versions of “Chicago,” the ethereal hit from Sufjan Stevens’s 2005 album, Illinois. Stevens released three other versions on The Avalanche, an album devoted to outtakes from Illinois. Personally, I would never object to more versions of this rich, beautiful song. Now, Stevens brings us a tenth-anniversary demo that is surprising, but still immensely listenable. The aggressive guitar brings to mind angsty ’00s acoustic rock like “Age Six Racer” by Dashboard Confessional or “Collide” by Howie Day (you’re welcome for reminding you about that last song). It’s fascinating to hear more of Sufjan’s process, but I’m glad that “Chicago” turned out the way it did. —Madeline Raynor (@madelineraynor_)

Corinne Bailey Rae, “Been to the Moon”
After six long years, Corinne Bailey Rae and her enviable hair are back to cast another spell on us. And to think, all this time she’d just been hanging out in outer space waiting for Earthlings to be worthy of her presence again. “When we first collide, the timing wasn’t right,” she coos, to both some foolish man and to us all, for failing to truly appreciate her the last time she was around. Welcome back to Earth, Corinne: Your voice still sounds so refreshingly out of this world. —Dee Lockett  (@Dee_Lockett)

Iggy Pop, “Sunday”
The third early offering from Iggy and Josh Homme’s Post Pop Depression (out March 18) delivers a melancholic ode to rest, freedom, and the end of the week. “The key to everything, I crawl for Sunday, when I don’t have to move,” Iggy croons. “Caught up in dreams untangled one day, where I don’t have to prove.” The song’s beginning indicates how Iggy’s classic sonic template will blend with his collaborator’s more contemporary vibes on PPD — and to earworm-y effect. But it’s the gloomy outro, which arrives and departs with ephemeral beauty like the very thing the track yearns for, that will ultimately hypnotize you into leaving this on repeat. —Sean Fitz-Gerald (@srkfitzgerald)

Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, “Atomic Number”
To what do we owe this musical marriage of queens Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs? Their upcoming collaborative album, case/lang/veirs, apparently all started when lang emailed Case and Veirs about making sweet, sweet music as a threesome, to which they obviously replied duh! and got to working over the last couple years. If harmonies and violin backdrops are your thing, “Atomic Number” is the one. —DL

Miguel, “Waves” (Tame Impala remix)
Was it possible for this song to get any more gorgeously trippy? Apparently. Tame Impala took Miguel’s Wildheart hit and enriched it by cranking its waves of color, reverb, and texture to 11. Now it doesn’t sound like you’re just listening to a great song underwater, but a great underwater song underneath yet another body of water. Ride these waves, and if you like what you hear, there are four more unique iterations — from Kacey Musgraves, Travis Scott, RAC, and Joshua Tree — available on Miguel’s recently released Rogue Waves EP. —SFG

Baauer ft. Pusha T and Future, “Kung Fu”
Last year, Pusha noted to Vulture his work with EDM producers: “People wonder why I do these records, but you can love anything that you’re in the mix of once you’re in that element. Who’s not having a good time at any of those festivals?” That idea of genre-blending born out of euphoria is all you need to know about “Kung Fu,” a collaboration between trap lords Pusha T and Future off Baauer’s new album. Call it “Trap King” — an ode to the “white world of snort” and every white metaphor for the drug (even Macklemore) that Push can come up with. —DL

Elliphant ft. Skrillex, “Spoon Me”
Perhaps the greatest song about spooning ever produced (sorry, Macklemore), Swedish rapper Elliphant and DJ Skrillex deliver an EDM-infused ode to the big and little spoons in your life. “Spoon me (Spoon me tight) / Spoon me (You gotta spoon me right),” the chorus thumps. Of course, it could also be an allusion to illicit drug use at clubs. But we’ll take Netflix and chill to the comedown of “purple gloom,” thank you. —Justin McCraw (@JustinMcCraw)

Mothers, “Hold Your Own Hand”
My OKCupid profile used to say something to the effect of my favorite songs are usually the first or last songs on albums. I thought this said a lot, by saying a little — mostly it said “Don’t date this nerd.” That said, there is truth in them hills. First/last songs tend to show bands’ extremes. First songs — ideally — are short, fast, rave-ups; last songs are slow, ethereal, sad jams. (For an example: Weezer’s debut starts with “My Names Is Jonas” and ends with “Only in Dreams.”) On occasion, artists will subvert this, playing with the vocabulary of musicals, having more of an overture, explaining intro, and a huge, choir-filled finish. (Combining both traditions, Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam” feels much more like an album closer, which it was supposed to be at first — this only makes it more powerful as an opener.) “Hold Your Own Hand” is very much a last song on a record. It starts slow with mostly solo, finger-picked guitar and Kristine Leschper’s incredible voice, but then it builds with choirlike harmonies, and a tuneful guitar jam. All of Mothers’ debut, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, which came out last Friday, is fantastic. This song just shows them at the height of their powers. —Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox)


Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple, “Left Handed Kisses”
Fiona Apple just loves to keep us waiting between albums, which is why I squealed when her new duet with Andrew Bird (for his upcoming album) came along. I’ll take new Fiona however I can get it — and here, I get it in the form of a faux love song about the problem with writing love songs. To Bird, it’s a taxing process she should appreciate. To Fiona, though, it’s all “a few 50-cent words” that amount to nothing. In the words of every woman ever: Do better. —DL

MOTHXR, “Underground”
The Penn Badgley–helmed MOTHXR is that rare actor-turned-musician band that actually works. There’s no semblance of Lonely Boy when Badgley broods over a relationship that ended before it began in “Underground.” Here, he’s more akin to multi-instrumentalist Lo-Fang than a CW heartthrob, although both have TV-ready hair. The album contains only a smattering of highlights compared to the rest, but it’s a solid first for them and anyone trying to reshape their image. —JM

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