New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best releases out this week include a potent new EP from the rapper Doechii, hyper-pop from Pussy Riot, roots salsa from Colombia's Meridian Brothers and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Doechii — she / her / black bitch
Featured Tracks: "Bitches Be," "Swamp Bitches," "Persuasive"
2. Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento — Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento
Featured Tracks: "Bomba Atómica," "Metamorfosis"
3. AJ Suede — Oil On Canvas
Featured Tracks: "Growing Diamonds," "Wonder," "Monochrome"
4. Pussy Riot — MATRIARCHY NOW
Featured Tracks: "PRINCESS CHARMING," "PLASTIC," "POOF BITCH"
5. Planet Drum — In The Groove
Featured Track: "King Clave"

Lightning Round:
Alexia Bomtempo — DOCE CARNAVAL
Araceli Poma — "Agua de Olvido"
Art Moore — Art Moore
Various — Rise Jamaica!

Other notable releases for Aug. 5:
Bobby Shmurda — BodBoy
Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2
Fireboy DML — Playboy
Kokoroko — Could We Be More
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires — Old-Time Folks
Mall Grab — What I Breathe
Neil Young — Noise & Flowers
T Bone Burnett — The Invisible Light: Spells

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5

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Doechii's she / her / black bitch tops our shortlist of the best new releases out on Aug. 5. Chris Parsons/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Doechii's latest release, she / her / black bitch is both provocative and alluring, with explicit take-downs, fearless swagger and, by the end of the record, a feel-good chillout at the club. We give it a spin to open this week's show before diving into the surprising hyper pop of Pussy Riot, Seattle rapper AJ Suede's Oil On Canvas, the roots salsa of Colombia's Meridian Brothers and more.

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NPR Music's Ann Powers joins Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and WXPN's John Morrison, along with host Robin Hilton, to share their picks for the best releases out on Aug. 5.

Featured Albums:

  1. Doechii — she / her / black bitch
    Featured Tracks: "Bitches Be," "Swamp Bitches," "Persuasive"
  2. Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento — Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento
    Featured Tracks: "Bomba Atómica," "Metamorfosis"
  3. AJ Suede — Oil On Canvas
    Featured Tracks: "Growing Diamonds," "Wonder," "Monochrome"
  4. Pussy Riot — MATRIARCHY NOW
    Featured Tracks: "PRINCESS CHARMING," "PLASTIC," "POOF BITCH"
  5. Planet Drum — In The Groove
    Featured Track: "King Clave"

Lightning Round:

Alexia Bomtempo — DOCE CARNAVAL
Araceli Poma — "Agua de Olvido"
Art Moore — Art Moore
Various — Rise Jamaica!

Other notable releases for Aug. 5:

Bobby Shmurda — BodBoy
Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2
Fireboy DML — Playboy
Kokoroko — Could We Be More
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires — Old-Time Folks
Mall Grab — What I Breathe
Neil Young — Noise & Flowers
T Bone Burnett — The Invisible Light: Spells