7 New Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Kamasi Washington, MorMor, NIN, More

Also stream releases from Death Grips, Gang Gang Dance, Michael Christmas, and Galcher Lustwerk

By: Michelle Kim via Pitchfork

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and EPs from Kamasi Washington, Nine Inch Nails, Death Grips, MorMor, Gang Gang Dance, Michael Christmas, and Galcher Lustwerk. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week.

Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth [Young Turks]

Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth double album is 16 tracks long. Washington wrote, “The Earth side represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me.” It’s Kamasi Washington’s first full-length release since 2015’s The Epic, and it follows last year’s Harmony of Difference EP. Read the track review for “Fists of Fury.”

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Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch [The Null Corporation]

Bad Witch follows Nine Inch Nails’ 2016 Not the Actual Events EP and last year’s Add Violence EP. The new release was supposed to be the last installment in NIN’s trilogy of EPs, until it grew into an LP. “The idea of this three EP thing was all too find truth in us figuring out who we are now and how we fit into the world,” Trent Reznor said in an interview with Zane Lowe. Read Pitchfork’s track review for “God Break Down the Door.

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MorMor: Heaven’s Only Wishful EP [Don’t Guess]

Heaven’s Only Wishful is the debut EP from Seth Nyquist, better known as Toronto singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Read the reviews for the project’s title track (named Best New Track) and “Whatever Comes to Mind,” plus check out the Rising feature “MorMor Is Wary of Becoming an Indie-Pop Star, But It’s Happening Anyway.”

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Gang Gang Dance: Kazuashita [4AD]

Gang Gang Dance returns with their first album in 7 years, Kazuashita. It features contributions from Jorge Elbrecht and drummer Ryan Sawyer, with production by band member Brian DeGraw. The last LP from the New York band was 2011’s Eye Contact. Read the track review for lead single, “Lotus.”

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Death Grips: Year of the Snitch [Third Worlds]

Death Grips is online. Zach Hill, MC Ride, and Andy Morin have returned with their latest album Year of the Snitch, which features collaborations with Shrek director Andrew Adamson (“Dilemma”) and Tool bassist Justin Chancellor. The band released a slew of singles before the full album, including “Flies,” “Black Paint,” “Streaky,” and others. Most recently, they shared a video for the song “Shitshow” that was promptly removed from YouTube for violating the platform’s terms of service.

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Michael Christmas: Role Model [Fool’s Gold]

Role Model is the latest release from Boston rapper Michael Christmas. It follows 2016’s Lady Parts, his collaborative album with Prefuse 73 under the name Fudge, and his 2015 solo full-length, What A Weird Day. Check out Pitchfork’s track reviews for “Girlfriend” and “Ball.”

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Galcher Lustwerk: 200% Galcher [Lustwerk Music]

New York-based producer Galcher Lustwerk follows up his 2017 debut album Dark Bliss with a new full-length, 200% Galcher. It arrives via his own Lustwerk Music label and was led by the single “Wristbands.” Check out our 2015 interview with the producer.

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