With so much good music released all the time, it can be difficult to determine what to listen to first. Every week Pitchfork offers a number of important new releases for streaming services. This week it features new albums and projects from Black Midi, DMX, Bachelor, Mustafa and Portico Quartet. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All of the publications featured here are independently selected by our editors. However, if you buy something through our affiliate links, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

black midi:: cavalcade [Rough Trade]

Cavalcade is the second record of London’s black midi after its debut in 2019 .Schlagenheim. The album contains the previously released tracks “John L”, “Slow” and “Chondromalacia Patella”. In his review, Andy Cush of Pitchfork writes about Cavalcade: “The chord changes are more complex, the rhythms more twisted, the pretty parts prettier, the heavy parts heavier. … When I heard Schlagenheim, it was easy to imagine that black midi was throwing jams out somewhere in a cellar. Now the imaginary environment is more like a painting by Hieronymous Bosch or a circus with three rings. “

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DMX:: Exodus [Def Jam]

DMX started working on Exodus last summer, encouraged by the outflow of positive energy in his Verzuz fight against Snoop Dogg. After the legendary rapper’s death in April, Swizz Beatz, DMX’s longtime friend and close associate, put the finishing touches to the album. The project includes a number of visiting contributors, including JAY-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and Bono.

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