With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and EPs from Bad Bunny, Boygenius, L’Rain, Jamila Woods, MIKE, Helena Deland, Westside Gunn, Squirrel Flower, Ceci Bastida, and the Drums. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
Bad Bunny: Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana [Rimas]
The latest Bad Bunny album’s title means “Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow” in English. It’s an apt name for a project the Puerto Rican star announced just this Monday. Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana features the singles “Where She Goes” and “Un Preview,” as well as contributions from Arcángel, Bryant Myers, De La Ghetto, Eladio Carrión, Feid, Luar La L, Mora, Ñengo, Young Miko, and Yovngchimi.
Boygenius: The Rest EP [Interscope]
After releasing Boygenius’ The Record in March, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus have shared a four-track companion EP, The Rest. They produced the songs with Tony Berg, Jake Finch, Ethan Gruska, Calvin Lauber, Collin Pastore, and Marshall Vore. Read Pitchfork’s live review “Boygenius’ Big, Emotional, Gay-as-Hell Night Out at Madison Square Garden” and listen to the podcast “Supergroup Therapy With Boygenius’ Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker.”
L’Rain: I Killed Your Dog [Mexican Summer]
I Killed Your Dog, Taja Cheek’s third album as L’Rain, is an “anti-breakup record,” the experimental songwriter and multi-instrumentalist said in press materials. Made with her longtime collaborators Andrew Lappin and Ben Chapoteau-Katz, the record toys with rock tropes and explores the lineage of American folk as a Black music. In his review, Pitchfork’s Stephen Kearse says the “theatrical, elliptical, and bewitching” album “revamps L’Rain’s typically introspective music into baroque dreamscapes.”
Jamila Woods: Water Made Us [Jagjaguwar]
Jamila Woods is back with her first album in four years. The Chicago R&B musician and poet enlisted Saba, duendita, and Peter CottonTale to appear on the Legacy! Legacy! follow-up. Woods said Water Made Us “feels like the most personal and vulnerable piece of art I’ve ever made,” adding, “I hope it feels like a playlist that carries you through the life cycle of a relationship, whatever stage of the journey your heart may be in.”
MIKE: Burning Desire [10k]
Swiftly on the hells of his collaborative LP with Wiki and the Alchemist, MIKE is back with a solo album. Burning Desire explores themes of grief, family, and identity over his trademark vintage soul beats. Guests include Earl Sweatshirt, Liv.e, Larry June, Crumb’s Lila Ramani, Klein, and MIKE’s 10k labelmates Niontay and El Cousteau.
Helena Deland: Goodnight Summerland [Chivi Chivi]
Helena Deland made her second album of exquisite, crystalline folk in a state of grief and inquiry. “In the summer of 2021, I lost my mother, Maria,” she wrote in press materials. “Though some songs were written before, Goodnight Summerland was recorded in the years following her death and was crucial to my experience of grief. I have grappled with accepting that in losing her, I have lost her stories, her experiences and her ability to understand mine.” To mine that feeling, Deland spoke with a childhood friend of her mother’s and reflected on the limitations and possibilities of language, allowing songs to emerge “from the space between speaking and the impossibility to express.”
Westside Gunn: And Then You Pray for Me [Griselda]
Westside Gunn has claimed that And Then You Pray for Me—the sequel to 2020’s Pray for Paris—will be his last formal studio album. “It’s back to dumping until I don’t want to dump no more,” the Buffalo rapper and Griselda co-founder told Rolling Stone. “I’m going to have fun now. It’s no more pressure.” He said the record explores “raw Memphis 1998 Three 6 Mafia-sounding tracks,” and features EST Gee, Peezy, Jeezy, and Rick Ross, as well as a beat from RZA.
Squirrel Flower: Tomorrow’s Fire [Polyvinyl]
On her new album as Squirrel Flower, Ella Williams meanders between the dreamy folk for which she is known and heavier indie-rock sounds. She recorded the album with a band including members of Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, and MJ Lenderman’s bands, as well as Dave Hartley of the War on Drugs. The record, Williams said in press materials, is partly inspired by the Indiana Dunes: “You stand in the marshlands and to your left is a steel factory belching fire and to your right is a nuclear power plant.” Singles including “Full Time Job” and “When a Plant Is Dying” preceded the LP.
Ceci Bastida: Every Thing Taken Away [self-released]
Since moving from Tijuana, Mexico, to the United States, the former Tijuana No! keyboardist and singer Ceci Bastida has released records and podcasts extending the Latinx punk tradition. Fourth album Every Thing Taken Away features recent single “Te Voy a Perder,” a blast of heavy bass, fizzling synths, and kaleidoscopic melody.
The Drums: Jonny [Anti-]
The Drums’ Jonny Pierce wrote the project’s sixth album about his experience growing up in a cult-like religious community in upstate New York. “Because my religion is humanism, the album becomes a sacred place for me to worship,” he said in press materials. “Each feeling a different pew, each song a hymn to the human heart.” He wrote and recorded the album entirely alone, along with the nude self-portraits of the artwork. To go with the release of Jonny, Pierce shared the music video for the Rico Nasty collaboration “Dying.”