In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on December 9, 2022:
Five years after the release of her breakout debut Ctrl, SZA is finally back with her new album SOS. The record spans 23 tracks and features guest appearances from Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott, Don Toliver, and Lizzo. The late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s ‘The Stomp’ and Björk’s ‘Hidden Place’ are sampled on the song ‘Forgiveless’, while producers on the LP include ThankGod4Cody, Carter Lang, Jeff Bhasker, Rob Bisel, Benny Blanco, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Emile Haynie, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Jay Versace, and more. SZA previewed SOS with the singles ‘Shirt’, ‘Good Days’, ‘I Hate U’, as well as ‘Blind’, which she debuted on Saturday Night Live earlier this month.
Leland Whitty, Anyhow
BADBADNOTGOOD multi-instrumentalist Leland Whitty has released his debut solo album, Anyhow. Whitty plays saxophone, guitar, synthesizer, woodwinds, and strings across the LP, which includes additional instrumentation from BADBADNOTGOOD’s Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski, as well as the group’s former keyboardist Matthew Tavares. Anyhow marks the first time Whitty has worked with his older brother Lowell, who plays drums throughout. According to press materials, the album “is a look inward, expressing something personal – a reflection of the experience of music itself,” while the title alludes to Whitty’s DIY approach to composition, production, and performance.
Mount Westmore, Snoop, Cube, 40, $hort
Mount Westmore – the West Coast rap supergroup consisting of Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too $hort – have dropped their debut studio album. Out now via Mount Westmore/MNRK Music Group, Snoop, Cube, 40, $hort follows Bad MFs, a collection of tracks released as an NFT in June of 2022 via the blockchain platform Gala Music. Ahead of the record’s release, the group promoted it with the singles ‘Too Big’ (featuring Bay Area rapper and producer P-Lo), ‘Big Subwoofer’, ‘Free Game’, and ‘Activated’.
Nathan Salsburg, Landwerk No. 3
Kentucky guitarist, composer, and archivist Nathan Salsburg has issued the third installment of his Landwerk series, following the first two volumes that dropped in May and December of 2020. The LPs utilizes 78-rpm record samples along with electric guitar, resonator guitar, organ, and piano. Of Landwerk No. 3, Salsburgwhose source material ranges from 1919-1940, Salsburg said in a statement: “78s are weird, because they’re mechanically reproduced, but each one has an aura. No 78 is the same in terms of its surface noise. Every record bears the scars of its existence, and they all sound different. The records I was working with here are sonically unique objects, so it became this very personal sense of uncovering, discovery…”
Other albums out today:
Nina Hagen, Unity; Taken by Trees, Another Year; A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Me Vs Myself; Photay and Carlos Niño, More Offerings; Alejandro G. Iñárritu & Bryce Dessner, BARDO (Soundtrack From the Netflix Film); Fäust, Death From Beyond; Emotional Oranges, The Juice Vol. III; Woods of Desolation, The Falling Tide; Nagisa Ni Te, Newocean; Dylan Henner, You Always Will Be.