Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, from artists including Migos, Craig David, Rick Springfield, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
Migos: Culture II (Quality Control Music/Motown/Capitol). The Atlanta rap trio are celebrating the anniversary of their smash debut, Culture, by releasing the follow-up one year later to the day. It proves to be another crowd pleaser, featuring collaborations from Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, and production work from Pharrell.
Craig David: The Time Is Now (RCA). This marks David’s seventh album, which may surprise those who associate him with his early aughts work. He’s weathered his bumps along the way, but has matured nicely on this release, which is filled with infectious pop. He recruits guests AJ Tracey, Ella Mai, Kaytranada, Goldlink, Bastille, and JP Cooper for an eclectic result.
Rick Springfield: The Snake King (Frontiers Music s.r.l.). Although he’s known for a career of radio-friendly hits (17 Top 40 songs, to be exact), Springfield has always harbored a penchant for the blues, which he explores on this record. Unbelievably — this is his 19th album, after all — he’s never gone down that avenue, so is a new direction for him, and it shows what everyone already knew anyway: This is a musician who goes far beyond “Jesse’s Girl.”
Jonghyun: Poet | Artist (SM Entertainment). The K-Pop star, who was the lead singer of boy band sensation SHINee, sadly killed himself on Dec. 18 at the age of 27. This release serves as a memorial to his life, career, and art, putting a spotlight on his solo work.
Machine Head: Catharsis (Nuclear Blast). Looking for your dose of metal? Machine Head broke out in this arena with their debut in 1994, and are keeping it admirably going close to a quarter century later. This is just the thing for a day you need something heavy.
Loudness: Rise to Glory (earMUSIC). Need even more metal? This should do the trick; it’s the veteran Japanese metallers’ 26th studio album, and they clearly know what they are doing.
Ty Segall: Freedom’s Goblin (Drag City). Segall co-engineered the album with Steve Albini, F. Bermudez, and Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. A key highlight is a cover of Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s a Winner.”
Nightmares on Wax: Shape the Future (Warp). The trip-hop pioneer mixes soul, hip-hop, dub and classic club sounds on his latest release. Guests Kuauhtli Vasquez, Wixarika Tribe, Andrew Ashong, LSK, Jordan Rakei, Mozez, and Sadie Walker join to round things out.
Celtic Woman: Homecoming: Live From Ireland (Manhattan). The beloved franchise returns with a live CD recorded in Dublin, in September 2017. The set contains several songs that were not aired during the broadcast of the performance, making it a nice treat for fans.
Steep Canyon Rangers: Out in the Open (Ramseur). Produced by Joe Henry, the latest set from bluegrass band known for collaborating with Steve Martin is a rich collection of well-connected synthesis between the players.
Mary Gauthier: Rifles & Rosary Beads (In the Black). Gauthier’s new set is co-written with U.S. veterans and their families via Songwriting With Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that pairs U.S. veterans with professional songwriters. An unusual and interesting project.