Haley Heynderickx’ debut LP is a masterclass in songwriting where the small things are treated with the respect that they are what compose the big things.
Young Thug is in his element on Young Martha. His co-headliner, Carnage, does a good job of supplying Thug the brash and gothic beats he thrives on. If you’re a fan of Young Thug, you already know what this is and you’ll like it anyway.
Freudian, the full-length debut from Toronto’s Daniel Caesar, has a certain old-school sensibility. While it falls prey to some of the trappings that often accompany first efforts – a lack of risk-taking, a missing narrative – it succeeds off the strength of its creator’s vocal magnetism.
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight sees Travis Scott trading in the vibrant layers of Rodeo for relatively muted colors, emphasis on relatively.
Noname’s debut mixtape is subtle, nuanced, and gorgeous. Anyone can appreciate the wordplay, creative flow, and melodicism of Telefone in a single listen. But repeated listens bear greater fruit – Telefone is one of the best releases this year, let alone one of the best debuts.