New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 15 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Lizzo's Special, the ramshackle pop of Superorganism, beabadoobee, a genre-defying solo release from The Internet's Steve Lacy and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Lizzo — Special
Featured Songs: "About Damn Time," "Grrrls"
2. beabadoobee — Beatopia
Featured Songs: "10:36," "See You Soon," "Ripples," "Talk"
3. Steve Lacy — Gemini Rights
Featured Songs: "Mercury," "Helmet," "2geteher (Enterlude)"
4. Superorganism — World Wide Pop
Featured Songs: "Flying," "Teenager," "Black Hole Baby"
5. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Katalyst — JID 013
Featured Songs: "Juneteenth," "Summer Solstice"

Lightning Round:
Attia Taylor — Space Ghost
black midi — Hellfire
Lil Silva — Yesterday is Heavy
Interpol — The Other Side of Make-Believe

Other notable releases for July 15:
The A's — Fruit
Amirtha Kidambi & Luke Stewart — Zenith/Nadir
Arp — New Pleasures
Elf Power — Artificial Countrysides
j-hope — jack in the box
JoVia Armstrong — The Antidote Suite
M. Geddes Gengras — Expressed, I Noticed Silence
Ozomatli — Marching On
Ronnie Foster — Reboot

New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 15

New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 15

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Lizzo's Special leads our shortlist this week of the best new albums out on July 15. AB+DM! /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The singer, rapper and all-around life-celebrator Lizzo is back this week with the effervescent Special, an album about loving yourself and each other, and about treating one another with kindness and respect. She says she spent three years on the project and wrote more than 170 songs before trimming it down to a dozen tight tracks. We open this week's show with the banger "About Damn Time" and talk about why we're so excited to have her back.

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We've also got chaotic, ramshackle pop from Superorganism, a sublime if mercurial solo record from The Internet's Steve Lacy, another installment in the Jazz Is Dead series and more. Contributor and critic Christina Lee joins NPR Music editor Hazel Cills, WXPN's John Morrison and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new music out on July 15.

Featured Albums:

  1. Lizzo — Special
    Featured Songs: "About Damn Time," "Grrrls"
  2. beabadoobee — Beatopia
    Featured Songs: "10:36," "Ripples," "Talk"
  3. Steve Lacy — Gemini Rights
    Featured Songs: "Mercury," "Helmet"
  4. Superorganism — World Wide Pop
    Featured Songs: "Flying," "Teenager"
  5. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Katalyst — JID 013
    Featured Songs: "Juneteenth," "Summer Solstice"

Lightning Round:

  • Attia Taylor — Space Ghost
  • black midi — Hellfire
  • Lil Silva — Yesterday is Heavy
  • Interpol — The Other Side of Make-Believe

Other notable releases for July 15:

  • The A's — Fruit
  • Amirtha Kidambi & Luke Stewart — Zenith/Nadir
  • Arp — New Pleasures
  • Elf Power — Artificial Countrysides
  • j-hope — jack in the box
  • JoVia Armstrong — The Antidote Suit
  • M. Geddes Gengras — Expressed, I Noticed Silence
  • Ozomatli — Marching On
  • Ronnie Foster — Reboot