New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 28 : All Songs Considered The singer and rapper Labrinth, beloved for his score to the HBO show Euphoria, drops his latest album this week, along with new ones from Jessie Ware, Smokey Robinson, Joy Oladokun and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Labrinth — Ends & Begins
Featured Songs: "Kill For Your Love," "Everything," "Power Couple"
2. Jessie Ware — That! Feels Good!
Featured Songs: "Freak Me Now," "Beautiful People"
3. Joy Oladokun — Proof of Life
Featured Songs: "Spotlight (available only on CD and vinyl)," "Changes," "Taking Things For Granted," "We're All Gonna Die"
4. Baby Rose — Through And Through
Featured Songs: "Fight Club (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)," "Stop the Bleeding," "I Won't Tell (feat. Smino)"
5. Smokey Robinson — Gasms
Featured Songs: "How You Make Me Feel," "Beside You," "Gasms"

Lightning Round:
Dreamer Isioma — Princess Forever
Indigo De Souza — All of This Will End
The National — First Two Pages of Frankenstein
Tony Shhnow — Love Streak

Other notable releases for April 28:
Arturo O'Farrill — Legacies
Avalon Emerson — & the Charm
Bebe Rexha — Bebe
Diplo — Thomas Wesley: Chapter 2, Swamp Savant
Great Lake Swimmers — Uncertain Country
JFDR — Museum
Jim Legxacy — homeless n**** pop music
Josh Ritter — Spectral Lines
Joseph — The Sun
Neil Gaiman & Fourplay String Quartet — Signs of Life
New Breed Brass Band — Made in New Orleans
Peach PRC — Manic Dream Pixie
Rickie Lee Jones — Pieces Of Treasure
Skinny Pelembe — Hardly the Same Snake
Taj Mahal — Savoy
Y La Bamba — Lucha
YUNGMORPHEUS — From Whence It Came

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 28

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 28

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Labrinth's new album, Ends & Begins, is on our shortlist of the best releases out on April 28. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The singer and rapper Labrinth, beloved for his score to the HBO teen drama Euphoria, has a new solo full-length out called Ends & Begins. Much like the series that made him a household name among some fans, it's an album built on drama, head-spinning arrangements and gauzy reflections on the ways that life's smallest moments can feel cosmic. We open this week's show with several samples from across Ends & Begins and talk about the ways Labrinth finds romance in the darkness.

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We've also got disco jams from Jessie Ware, a sweetly beautiful album from Smokey Robinson (who turned 83 earlier this year), singer Joy Oladokun and more. WBEZ and Vocalo Radio's Ayana Contreras, contributor Christina Lee and NPR Music editor Hazel Cills join host Robin Hilton to share their picks for the best new releases out on April 28.

Featured Albums:

  1. Labrinth — Ends & Begins
    Featured Songs: "Kill For Your Love," "Everything," "Power Couple"
  2. Jessie Ware — That! Feels Good!
    Featured Songs: "Freak Me Now," "Beautiful People"
  3. Joy Oladokun — Proof of Life
    Featured Songs: "Spotlight (available only on CD and vinyl)," "Changes," "Taking Things For Granted," "We're All Gonna Die"
  4. Baby Rose — Through And Through
    Featured Songs: "Fight Club (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)," "Stop the Bleeding," "I Won't Tell (feat. Smino)"
  5. Smokey Robinson — Gasms
    Featured Songs: "How You Make Me Feel," "Beside You," "Gasms"

Lightning Round:

  • Dreamer Isioma — Princess Forever
  • Indigo De Souza — All of This Will End
  • The National — First Two Pages of Frankenstein
  • Tony Shhnow — Love Streak

Other notable releases for April 28:

  • Arturo O'Farrill — Legacies
  • Avalon Emerson — & the Charm
  • Bebe Rexha — Bebe
  • Diplo — Thomas Wesley: Chapter 2, Swamp Savant
  • Great Lake Swimmers — Uncertain Country
  • JFDR — Museum
  • Jim Legxacy — homeless n**** pop music
  • Josh Ritter — Spectral Lines
  • Joseph — The Sun
  • Neil Gaiman & Fourplay String Quartet — Signs of Life
  • New Breed Brass Band — Made in New Orleans
  • Peach PRC — Manic Dream Pixie
  • Rickie Lee Jones — Pieces Of Treasure
  • Skinny Pelembe — Hardly the Same Snake
  • Taj Mahal — Savoy
  • Y La Bamba — Lucha
  • YUNGMORPHEUS — From Whence It Came