New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 12 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out this week includes new ones from the English rapper slowthai, R&B singer Pink Sweat$, the jazz super group R+R=Now, His Name Is Alive and more.

Featured Albums:
1. slowthai — Tyron
Featured Songs: "45 Smoke," "Push" and "ADHD"
2. Pink Sweat$ — Pink Planet
Featured Song: tbd
3. R+R=Now — R+R=Now Live
Featured Song: tbd
4. Jakbo Bro — Uma Elmo
Featured Song: tbd
5. Various — Cuba: Music And Revolution
Featured Song: tbd
6. Dominique Fils-Aimé — Three Little Words
Featured Song: "While We Wait"
7. Anika Pyle — Wild River
Featured Songs: "Failure II" and "June"
8. His Name Is Alive — Hope Is A Candle
Featured Songs: "Still" and "Halo"

Other notable releases for Feb. 12: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — New Fragility; Claud — Super Monster; Death by Unga Bunga — Heavy Male Insecurity; Django Django — Glowing in the Dark; Jillette Johnson — It's A Beautiful Day And I Love You; Pale Waves — Who Am I?; Sports — Get A Good Look Pt. 1; Various — Judas and the Black Messiah OST
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Pink Sweat$. His debut full-length, Pink Planet, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Feb. 12. Jimmy Fontaine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tyron, the sophomore full-length from English rapper slowthai, is a multidimensional, brilliantly nuanced journey through a world of fantastically warped sound. It's both menacing and delicate, with as much glowering swagger as there is tenderness and love. We open this week's show with a quick sampling across the album and dig into some of its multilayered themes on identity and more.

We've also got the debut full-length from R&B singer Pink Sweat$, a jazz super group known as R+R=Now that features Robert Glasper, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson, the stunning voice of singer Dominique Fils-Aime and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night in America joins Alt Latino host Felix Contreas, contributors Jewly Hight and Christina Lee along with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Feb. 12.

Featured Albums:

  1. slowthai — Tyron
    Featured Songs: "45 Smoke," "Push" and "ADHD"
  2. Pink Sweat$ — Pink Planet
    Featured Song: tbd
  3. R+R=Now — R+R=Now Live
    Featured Song: tbd
  4. Jakbo Bro — Uma Elmo
    Featured Song: tbd
  5. Various — Cuba: Music and Revolution - Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1
    Featured Song: tbd
  6. Dominique Fils-Aimé — Three Little Words
    Featured Song: "While We Wait"
  7. Anika Pyle — Wild River
    Featured Songs: "Failure II" and "Blame"
  8. His Name Is Alive — Hope Is A Candle
    Featured Songs: "Still" and "Halo"

Other notable releases for Feb. 12: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — New Fragility; Claud — Super Monster; Death by Unga Bunga — Heavy Male Insecurity; Django Django — Glowing in the Dark; Jillette Johnson — It's A Beautiful Day And I Love You; Pale Waves — Who Am I?; Sports — Get A Good Look Pt. 1; Various — Judas and the Black Messiah OST