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 from Beyoncé, Lizzo, Kelsey Lu, 03 Greedo, Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet, Body Meat, and Slauson Malone. 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 may earn an affiliate commission.)
Queen Bey surprised everyone this week when she dropped Homecoming: The Live Album, the accompanying soundtrack to her new Netflix documentary chronicling her iconic performance at Coachella 2018 (affectionately referred to as “Beychella” since its initial live stream). This 40-track behemoth of a live album features Bey’s full Coachella set, along with additional tracks such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sung by Blue Ivy, and more.
Check out the Best New Track review of “Before I Let Go,” and read Pitchfork’s review “Beyoncé’s Homecoming Film Is Her Latest Act of Meticulous Archiving,” as well as “5 Takeaways From Beyoncé’s Homecoming Documentary” on the Pitch.
CUZ I LOVE YOU is Minnesota artist Lizzo’s first full-length for Atlantic Records. It follows her 2016 Coconut Oil EP and her 2015 LP Big GRRRL Small World. Prior to the album’s release, Lizzo shared the title track, the Missy Elliott-assisted “Tempo,” and “Juice,” which got two music videos, including one with queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Check out “Lizzo’s 10 Best Flute Videos” on the Pitch.
The debut LP from singer, songwriter, and cellist Kelsey Lu was co-produced by the xx collaborator Rodaidh McDonald, and features additional production by Jamie xx, Skrillex, and Adrian Younge. Blood follows Lu’s 2016 Church EP. Read Pitchfork’s track review of “Due West.”
Los Angeles rapper 03 Greedo recorded Still Summer in the Projects prior to his incarceration last year. The project was executive produced by Mustard and features guest appearances by YG, Shoreline Mafia, and Trilliano. Read about the album’s “Trap House” on Levels.
Orange is a collection of six string quartets composed by Pulitzer Prize winner (and Kanye West collaborator) Caroline Shaw and performed by Attacca Quartet. It’s also the first full-length to feature Shaw works exclusively. Watch the music video for “The Orangery.” Revisit “Meet Composer Caroline Shaw, Kanye West’s New Pulitzer Prize-Winning Collaborator” on the Pitch.
Body Meat: Truck Music [self-released]
Christopher Taylor and Matthew Anderegg comprise the Philadelphia-based duo Body Meat. The eight-song Truck Music follows 2017 releases like the tour tape FF, the split tape Redux, and the demo collection Worlds Largest Drum. Watch Body Meat’s music video for “Nairobi Flex.”
Slauson Malone: A Quiet Farwell, 2016–2018 [Grand Closing]
Jasper Marsalis—formerly of New York art ensemble Standing on the Corner—has shared a new project under his Slauson Malone moniker. A Quiet Farwell, 2016–2018 features contributions Medhane, Caleb Giles, Def Jam rapper Maxo, Pink Siifu, Crumb’s Lila Ramani, and others. Check out videos for “Bye,” “THE MESSAGE 2,” “02/26/12, Smile #2,” and “01/01/09, My feet’s hurt....”