3 Albums Out This Week 5/6/2024

3 New Albums Out This Week You Should Listen to Now: Mdou Moctar, Kamasi Washington, and Home Counties

Mdou Moctar
Mdou Moctar image via Ebru Yildiz

There’s so much good music out in the ether that sometimes it’s difficult to parse through all of it. Every week The Daily Music Report will do the hard work for you and highlight the best releases available on streaming services.

This week we’re highlighting new music from Mdou Moctar, Kamasi Washington, and Home Counties.

Mdou Moctar – Funeral for Justice

Mdou Moctar’s latest offering, Funeral for Justice, marks their seventh studio album and a bold statement from the Nigerien desert blues band. Released under Matador Records on May 3, 2024, the album has garnered positive acclaim from critics. Recorded in a New York home studio in mid-2023, the album spans cultural and political themes, delving into issues such as foreign interference in Nigerien affairs and the erosion of indigenous languages by colonial influences. Led by the eponymous Mdou Moctar, the band showcases fearlessness, inventiveness, and urgency in their exploration of these themes within the rock genre. Sung in Berber (Tamasheq) and English, Funeral for Justice presents a poignant and timely narrative, guided by producer Mikey Coltun’s expertise.

Standout Songs: Funeral for Justice, Imouhar, Takoba, Imajighen, Oh France


Funeral for justice

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Kamasi Washington – Fearless Movement

Fearless Movement, Kamasi Washington’s fifth studio album released on May 3, 2024, via Young Turks Recordings, marks a significant shift in the acclaimed American jazz saxophonist’s career. Washington describes the album as his “dance album,” not in the literal sense, but as an exploration of movement, expression, and the earthly aspects of existence. Inspired by his role as a new father, Washington infuses the album with a sense of introspection and vitality. His daughter even contributes to one of the tracks, adding a personal touch to the project. Featuring collaborations with renowned artists such as André 3000, Thundercat, George Clinton, BJ the Chicago Kid, D Smoke, and Terrace Martin, Fearless Movement promises to be a captivating and multifaceted musical journey.

Standout Songs: Lesanu, Dream State, The Garden Path, Road To Self (KO), Lines In The Sand, Prologue


Fearless Movement

Artist Links:

Apple Music

Home Counties – Exactly As It Seems

London-based band Home Counties has released their highly anticipated debut album, Exactly As It Seems, through Submarine Cat Records. Drawing from an eclectic mix of influences spanning early 2000s pop to the dynamic stage presence of Confidence Man and the art-rock stylings of Talking Heads, the album is a captivating exploration of synth-driven melodies. Produced entirely by guitarist Conor Kearney, the album captures the essence of Home Counties’ vibrant live performances, blending lyrical sincerity with infectious melodies.

Standout Songs: Uptight, Bethnal Green, Push Comes To Shove, You Break It You Bought It, Exactly As It Seems


Exactly As It Seems

Artist Links:

Apple Music

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