New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 19 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Hot Chip, the R&B singer Tink, Shemekia Copeland, singer-songwriter Anna Tivel and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Hot Chip — Freakout/Release
Featured Songs: "Down," "Freakout/Release," "Miss the Bliss," "The Evil That Men Do"
2. Terence Etc. — Vortex
Featured Songs: "In Contemplation of Clair's Scent," "Infinence or Infinity," "The Merchant of Flatbush"
3. Anna Tivel — Outsiders
Featured Songs: "Outsiders, "Black Umbrella," "The Basement"
4. Tink — Pillow Talk
Featured Songs: "Mine," "Drunk Text'n"
5. Shemekia Copeland — Done Come Too Far
Featured Songs: "Too Far To Be Gone," "The Talk," "Fell in Love with a Honky," "Gullah Geechee," "The Dolls are Sleeping"

Lightning Round:
Andrew Combs — Sundays
Internet Money — We All We Got
Muna Ileiwat — Twenty-Seven
THICK — Happy Now

Other notable releases for Aug. 19:
AITCH — Close to Home
Cass McCombs — Heartmind
Demi Lovato — HOLY FVCK
Eli Winter — Eli Winter
Kim Myhr — Sympathetic Magic
Loudon Wainwright III — Lifetime Achievement
Madonna — Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones
Marketa Irglova — Lila
The Mountain Goats — Bleed Out
Panic! At The Disco — Viva Las Vengeance
Röyksopp — Profound Mysteries II
Silversun Pickups — Physical Thrills
The Soft Pink Truth — Was It Ever Real?

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 19

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 19

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Terence Etc.'s Vortex is one of our picks for the best new albums out on Aug. 19. Alima Lee hide caption

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A lot of music is seeking sanctuary at the club this year — from the Hercules and Love Affair album In Amber to Beyoncé's Renaissance, dance beats are driving a cathartic release and rebuilding a sense of community in 2022. Now comes the latest from Hot Chip, the appropriately titled Freakout/Release, a collection of propulsive, four-on-the-flour grooves with just a twinge of melancholy that seems to acknowledge that the pandemic isn't really over, but we're doing the best we can.

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We've also got new albums from Terence Etc., otherwise known as Terence Nance, the creator of HBO's Random Acts Of Flyness, singer-songwriter Anna Tivel, the R&B singer Tink and more. NPR's Ann Powers joins contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best releases out on Aug. 19.

Featured Albums:

  1. Hot Chip — Freakout/Release
    Featured Songs: "Down," "Freakout/Release," "Miss the Bliss," "The Evil That Men Do"
  2. Terence Etc. — Vortex
    Featured Songs: "In Contemplation of Clair's Scent," "Infinence or Infinity," "The Merchant of Flatbush"
  3. Anna Tivel — Outsiders
    Featured Songs: "Outsiders, "Black Umbrella," "The Basement"
  4. Tink — Pillow Talk
    Featured Songs: "Mine," "Drunk Text'n"
  5. Shemekia Copeland — Done Come Too Far
    Featured Songs: "Too Far To Be Gone," "The Talk," "Fell in Love with a Honky," "Gullah Geechee," "The Dolls are Sleeping"

Lightning Round:

  • Andrew Combs — Sundays
  • Internet Money — We All We Got
  • Muna Ileiwat — Twenty-Seven
  • THICK — Happy Now

Other notable releases for Aug. 9:

  • AITCH — Close to Home
  • Cass McCombs — Heartmind
  • Demi Lovato — HOLY FVCK
  • Eli Winter — Eli Winter
  • Kim Myhr — Sympathetic Magic
  • Loudon Wainwright III — Lifetime Achievement
  • Madonna — Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones
  • Markéta Irglová — Lila
  • The Mountain Goats — Bleed Out
  • Panic! At The Disco — Viva Las Vengeance
  • Röyksopp — Profound Mysteries II
  • Silversun Pickups — Physical Thrills
  • The Soft Pink Truth — Was It Ever Real?