The Pulse is the Uproxx Music guide to the best new albums, mixtapes, and other music releases that matter this week. Find our complete list of the records coming out in July here.
Surprise elements aren’t much of a surprise anymore, but that doesn’t mean it’s still neat when they come along. For instance, Santigold announced yesterday that she’d have a new dancehall album out, and today, it’s here. Meanwhile, this week also brought a healthy dose of breezy summer tunes courtesy of Kenny Chesney and Tony Molina, as well as a ton of hip-hop via Denzel Curry, RL Grime, Jazz Cartier, and G Herbo.
Santigold — I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions
With dancehall music having a big moment right now, Santigold found the perfect time to capitalize with her surprise album, which is led by the reggae-influenced single “Run The Road.”
Kenny Chesney — Songs For The Saints
Chesney is a bona fide country superstar, but more than a country album, Songs For The Saints is a summer album, as evidenced by his collaborations with Ziggy Marley and Jimmy Buffett.
Denzel Curry — TA1300
Curry has been releasing his latest album in three parts over the past three days, and now it’s all out. All the parts come together to form a record that’s rhythmic, melodic, and as Curry often is on the mic, aggressive.
RL Grime — NOVA
The hip-hop producer released an album that’s a tale of two parts, since it’s half all about his instrumental bangers, and half about the guests on the tracks, which include Miguel, Julia Michaels, Jeremih, Tory Lanez, Chief Keef, and more.
Tony Molina — Kill The Lights
Molina’s latest is the definition of gentle and quick: His breezy, wise indie rock comes in bite-sized portions, as few tracks here go longer than two minutes, and the 10-track record as a whole is done in under a quarter of an hour.
Jazz Cartier — Fleurever
Following a pair of successful mixtapes, the Toronto native has arrived with his debut album, and operates with a confidence that shows why he beat out Drake at the Juno Awards last year.
G Herbo & Southside — Swervo
On productions from Southside, drill pioneer G Herbo goes in on his second full-length album, with assists from 21 Savage, Chief Keef, Juice Wrld, and Young Thug.