New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 9 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include genre-straddling polymaths Santigold and Sudan Archives, R&B sensation Ari Lennox and more.

Featured Albums:

Ari Lennox — age/sex/location
Featured Songs: "Queen Space (feat. Summer Walker)," "Hoodie"
Sudan Archives — Natural Brown Prom Queen
Featured Songs: "Copycat (Broken Notions)," "Chevy S10," "Yellow Brick Road, TDLY (Homegrown Land)"
The Paranoyds — Talk Talk Talk
Featured Songs: "Freak Out," "Single Origin Experience," "Sunburn"
Sampa the Great — As Above, So Below
Featured Songs: "Lane (feat. Denzel Curry)," "Can I Live"
Santigold — Spirituals
Featured Songs: "High Priestess," "Ain't Ready," "My Horror," "Shake"

Lightning Round:

Son Little — Like Neptune
Jackson Wang — Magic Man
Oliver Sim — Hideous Bastard
Built To Spill — When the Wind Forgets Your Name
Madison Cunningham — Revealer

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 9

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 9

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Ari Lennox experienced a huge breakthrough with 2019's much-loved Shea Butter Baby, but her new album age/sex/location promises to be even bigger. She's been teasing singles like "Hoodie" and "Pressure" for many months now, and even dropped a five-song EP called Away Message last Friday, but the album is finally here. It somehow sounds sleekly modern even as it evokes the most indelible R&B sounds of the '90s and early '00s.

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We've also got new records from genre-straddling polymaths Santigold and Sudan Archives, as well as Zambian rapper Sampa the Great and the surfy, spiky post-punk band The Paranoyds. On this week's New Music Friday, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and NPR Music contributors Christina Lee and Cyrena Touros join guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. Ari Lennox — age/sex/location
    Featured Songs: "Queen Space (feat. Summer Walker)," "Hoodie"
  2. Sudan Archives — Natural Brown Prom Queen
    Featured Songs: "Copycat (Broken Notions)," "Chevy S10," "Yellow Brick Road, TDLY (Homegrown Land)"
  3. The Paranoyds — Talk Talk Talk
    Featured Songs: "Freak Out," "Single Origin Experience," "Sunburn"
  4. Sampa the Great — As Above, So Below
    Featured Songs: "Lane (feat. Denzel Curry)," "Can I Live"
  5. Santigold — Spirituals
    Featured Songs: "High Priestess," "Ain't Ready," "My Horror," "Shake"

Lightning Round:

  • Son Little — Like Neptune
  • Jackson Wang — Magic Man
  • Oliver Sim — Hideous Bastard
  • Built To Spill — When the Wind Forgets Your Name
  • Madison Cunningham — Revealer

Other notable releases for Sept. 9:

  • The Afghan Whigs — How Do You Burn?
  • Charley Crockett — The Man From Waco
  • Flogging Molly — Anthem
  • Freedy Johnston — Back on the Road to You
  • Highly Suspect — The Midnight Demon Club
  • Jockstrap — I Love You Jennifer B
  • John Legend — Legend
  • Julian Lennon — Jude
  • Kane Brown — Different Man
  • KT Tunstall — NUT
  • Lake Street Dive — Fun Machine: The Sequel
  • Marlon Williams — My Boy
  • Miya Folick — 2007 EP
  • Ozzy Osbourne — Patient Number 9
  • Robbie Williams — XXV
  • Rocky Votolato — Wild Roots
  • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs — When the Lights Go