Plus new tunes from Vince Staples, Haim, Algiers, and more
Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From DJ Khaled’s star-studded 10th album to a bevy of unreleased, Purple Rain-era Prince tracks, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for this week.
DJ Khaled, Grateful
Major key alert: The social-media king’s 10th album gathers practically every conceivable major name in music, from hip-hop heroes (Future, Nicki Minaj) to pop stars (Rihanna, Beyoncé) to megaproducers (Calvin Harris), for 23 epic tracks. But, according to Khaled, the LP’s most vital contributor was his 8-month-old son, Asahd. “He’s the reason all of this magic is happening,” Khaled told EW in a recent interview. “When he’s in the studio with me, he [makes] certain smiles, certain movements. I make sure I go in there more than one time with him, to see if what I’m seeing is a true feeling for him.” —Eric Renner Brown
Prince, Purple Rain Deluxe
Still searching for the Song of the Summer? The Purple One’s masterpiece just got the reissue treatment, with unreleased cuts from his massive vault, including newly unearthed jams like “Wonderful Ass.” (That’s not the most NSFW track on the album, FYI.) For more, read EW’s breakdown of all the reissue’s fresh tracks. —Kevin O’Donnell
Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory
“We were trying to create a new soundscape,” the 23-year-old California MC recently told EW. True to his word, Staples continues to push sonic boundaries on his second studio album, savvily blending forward-thinking electronica and classic G-funk. Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and Damon Albarn shine in brief cameos. For more, read EW’s A- review. —E.R.B.
Haim, “Little of Your Love”
As the sister’s highly anticipated second album, Something to Tell You, approaches, tide yourself over with the official version of the second song they rocked on Saturday Night Live with last month. And if you’ve been hooked on grainy, distorted YouTube videos of the track since it’s live stage debut last year, the final studio version will feel worth the wait. —Nolan Feeney
Radiohead, OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
The art-rock group’s masterpiece sounded like a bizarre sci-fi fantasy when it was released in 1997 — there’s no way humanity would ever become enslaved in a real-life version of Orwell’s 1984. But this 20th anniversary reissue drives home how technology, corporate greed, and global economics haven’t advanced humanity so much as led us into some sort of irreversible modern dystopia (the computer-generated “Fitter Happier” sounds downright scary today). OKNOTOK pairs the original album with eight B-sides and rarities that were recorded during the OK Computer era, including the hauntingly gorgeous “I Promise.” —K.O.
Algiers, The Underside of Power
On their second full-length, the post-punk outfit matches bleak instrumentals with even bleaker lyrics about troubling topics such as the rise of cryptofascism. “We started recording right around the time Brexit happened and finished the album’s mixing and mastering right around Trump’s inauguration,” singer Franklin Fisher told EW earlier this year when summing up The Underside of Power‘s lyrical vibe. But we promise there are shimmers of hope, too, like on the funky title track. —E.R.B.
Imagine Dragons, Evolve
The Las Vegas rockers mixed things up for their third full-length. The songs still crackle with energy, but gone are the claustrophobic arrangements of hits like “Shots,” “Demons,” and, of course, “Radioactive.” As frontman Dan Reynolds told EW earlier this month, “We wanted to be selective about each noise. In the past, all of our sonic textures have been almost a wall of noise and music. [But] we’ve found through this process that you can be just as emotional and just as grand using maybe four instruments as opposed to us using 50.” —Madison Vain
Jeff Tweedy, Together at Last
The Wilco leader’s latest features solo acoustic versions of cuts from his side projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog, along with more well-known tunes like the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot gem “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” —E.R.B.
Scarborough, Mystified EP
Nope, that’s not a typo: Mystified is the debut EP — of synth-pop, no less — from MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough. And though this is his first release, it’s probably far from his last: The broadcaster says he has plans to release 200(!) songs over the next four years. —E.R.B.
Grizzly Bear, “Four Cypresses”
Like the best songs from the indie-rock vets, “Four Cypresses” methodically adds layer after instrumental layer as it swells to intricate chamber-pop catharsis. It’s the third song Grizzly Bear have shared from their forthcoming album Painted Ruins, due in August. —E.R.B.
Fall Out Boy, “Champion”
The Chicago band departed from their usual sound for April’s EDM blast “Young and Menace,” but they’re back to their emo-tinged brand of arena rock on “Champion,” the official first single from their upcoming album M A N I A. With a chorus made of the hardened but optimistic lyric, “If I can live through this/I can do anything,” the track is the kind of shout-along anthem that’s made Fall Out Boy a stadium staple for years. —Ariana Bacle
Chad VanGaalen, “Old Heads”
The woefully underrated Canadian singer-songwriter returns in September with his seventh studio album — and this lead-off track shows off VanGaalen’s quirky gifts perfectly: it’s a Kinks-style garage-rock jam that’s spiced with interstellar synths and his high, keening croon. —K.O.
Various Artists, Baby Driver (Music from the Motion Picture)
The blockbuster’s soundtrack is a roaring compilation containing an eclectic mix from jazz throwbacks (the Dave Brubeck Quartet) to breakneck punk (the Damned) to bizarro ’90s alt-rock (Beck). And it includes “Chase Me,” the excellent original song by Danger Mouse, Big Boi, and Run the Jewels. —E.R.B.
Mondo Cozmo, “Plastic Soul”
For the latest single from his upcoming debut Plastic Soul, due Aug. 4, former East Coast Champions frontman Josh Ostrander is slowing things down. The sweeping, soul burner is a nod to the late David Bowie, who referred coined the titular term when describing his mid-’70s releases. Ostrander recorded the cut the weekend of the icon’s death last year but thanks to a tricky sample — Erma Franklin’s “Piece of My Heart” — it took until now to receive an official release. It was worth the wait. —M.V.
Various Artists, Despicable Me 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pharrell hit No. 1 with his Despicable Me 2 jam “Happy,” and he contributed five new and addictive pop tunes to DM3. For good measure, the soundtrack also includes Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” —E.R.B.
VÉRITÉ, Somewhere in Between
If you’ve been following the Brooklyn-based pop singer’s steady stream of new music this year — she put out four new songs in the first few months of 2017 alone — you know she has no problem choosing between quantity and quality. Accordingly, she’s packed her debut LP with bigs hooks, icy synth pop, and crunchy alt-pop jams like the highlight “Nothing” that will surely get you dancing. —N.F.
Flosstradamus ft. Cara, “How You Gon’ Do That”
Summer is here, and Curt Cameruci — who, as of last year, is continuing Flosstradamus as a solo artist — knows it. With twinkling, airy production and an infectious hook, his latest will vie for the top slot on your pool party playlist. —M.V.
YouTube user TRONICBOX has long been giving today’s pop hits impressive ‘80s makeovers — complete with truly hilarious Photoshopped artwork—but his videos goes well beyond remixes; they’re total from-the-ground-up reinventions. On his latest offering, he reimagines the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” as an over-the-top power ballad that’s so wrong it’s right. —N.F.
Listen to a playlist of the tracks from this week’s New Music Friday below.