BB/Ang3l marks the sixth studio album by Tinashe. Released under her independent label, Tinashe Music, and Nice Life Recording Co., the album is more quality-based than quantity-based. With only seven tracks, Tinashe justified the release to Nylon stating, “This album has a very personal approach. It doesn’t feel performative or like there’s a lot of extras. It’s just really down to the raw emotion.” The album is a solid listen from start to finish and sets a precedent of artists releasing more experimental projects. Granted, although this could have been an EP, it is better than going unreleased as is the case so often within this industry.
Club Romantech is the third studio album by Swedish duo Icona Pop. Moreover, the album marks the duo’s first release in 10 years. The long-awaited 15-track project is full of EDM gems. Recommendations include the Galantis collaboration, “I Want You,” “Desire” (with Joel Corry and Rain Radio), and “Fall In Love.” A good portion of the songs on this album, particularly the aforesaid, belong blowing up on dance radio and nightclubs alike. While the singles have been gaining momentum this year, it should be stronger, since this is a very impressive delivery and sure to get you pumped for any fall parties.
CiCi is the latest extended-play by Ciara and her first release since the 2019 Beauty Marks, her seventh studio album. The lead single, “How We Roll,” features Chris Brown and is a fire R&B collaboration. These two should have teamed up a long time ago. Let’s hope this is not the last time we hear these two on a track. The EP features subsequent cameos from Lil Baby (“Forever”) and Big Freedia (“Winning”). Although Ciara is a Grammy-winning artist who has sold over 4.5 million albums, she is still very much underrated given how talented she is as a singer, songwriter, and dancer. This EP reminds us of that with its pure R&B vibes.
Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season) is the second release by Colombian sensation Karol G, the latest Colombian import to achieve massive success within the United States and internationally. This mixtape has become the second all-Spanish language album by a woman to reach the top three on the Billboard 200, following her fourth studio album (Mañana Será Bonito) earning 67,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. The album also hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Karol G’s proliferating success is a testament to all of the Latin bops she has been releasing as of late. Currently, Karol G is embarking on tour, selling out across the country, including local dates at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium.
Austin marks the fifth studio album by Post Malone, who has been going hard nonstop lately. Post Malone toured the world on the Twelve Carat Tour from September 2022 through May 2023. Only two months after wrapping the tour, Post hit the road again on the If Y’all Weren’t Here, I’d Be Crying Tour in July. This new tour runs through December. Also in July, Post dropped Austin on us. The album differs significantly compared to his 2022 album Twelve Carat Toothache. Austin is a shift away from trap and hip-hop to more pop. The vibe is also lighter and more simplistic as opposed to Twelve Carat Toothache, which was harder and more emotional. A welcome change overall, albeit initially surprising to long-time Posty fans like myself.