Surveying the arts & artists that inspire us, Impose’s Week in Pop presents some of the week’s breakout upstarts that are changing & shaping our world for the better.
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But first we present some of the week’s biggest stories & buzz with news that Cardi B released Invasion of Privacy & dropped the video for “Bartier Cardi” ft. 21 Savage; Melody’s Echo Chamber announced the new album Bon Voyage available June 15 via Fat Possum & dropped the animated video for “Breathe In, Breathe Out”; Beach House dropped the Zia Anger video for “Dark Spring”; Ryan Pollie (of 93 Bulls, fka Los Angeles Police Department) dropped “Blackout”; Drake dropped the new single & video “Nice For What” starring starring Issa Rae, Letitia Wright, Misty Copeland, Olivia Wilde, Rashida Jones, Tiffany Haddish, Syd of the Internet, Tracee Ellis Ross, etc; Johnny Jewel remixed SSION & Ariel Pink’s “At Least the Sky is Blue”; A$AP Rocky dropped “A$AP Forever” ft. Moby & an epic performance on “Jimmy Fallon”; World’s Fair dropped “Win4” ft. Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel; Hop Along dropped their new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog via Saddle Creek; John Maus announced career spanning box set arriving April 20 with word of new album Addendum available May 18 via Ribbon Music & dropped “Episode”; FAN dropped the Joe Baughman video for “Velour” off Barton’s Den available May 4 via Polyvinyl; LANZ dropped “125 BPM” from the album Hoferlanz II available April 13 via Brassland; Makeness dropped “Who Am I To Follow Love” off the upcoming Loud Patterns available April 6 via Secretly Canadian; Flatbush Zombies dropped Vacation (The Movie) starring John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ice-T; Sofi Tukker dropped “Batshit”; Azealia Banks dropped “Anna Wintour” produced by Junior Sanchez off Fantasea II; John Legend dropped “A Good Night” produced by BloodPop®; Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock remixed Spoon’s “Can I Sit Next to You”; Saba dropped “Logout” ft. Chance the Rapper; Agnes Obel announced the album Late Night Tales Compilation available May 25 & dropped “Poem About Death”; Inspired & the Sleep dropped “First Time”; Riah dropped the video for “Prom”; Freedom Fry dropped the visual for their title track “Classic” off the debut album available June 1; LEYA (Adam Markiewicz & Marilu Donovan) announced the NNA Tapes album The Fool available May 11 & dropped the Kathleen Dycaico & Matthew Mann video for “Sister”; Kevin Krauter announced the new album Toss Up available June 15 from Bayonet Records & dropped “Rollerskate”; SOPHIE dropped the Aaron Chan & Imogene Strauss video for “Faceshopping”; Bruno Major dropped the “Cold Blood” remixes & tour dates; Eleanor Friedberger dropped the Scott Jacobson video for “Make Me a Song”; The Get Up Kids announced their upcoming Kicker EP for Polyvinyl & dropped the lyric video for “Maybe”; Ladytron dropped the Fernando Nogari video for “The Animals”; Death Grips Year of the Snitch cover art revealed; Arctic Monkeys announced the new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino available May 11 via Domino & dropped the title track; Dust dropped “Dead Eyes” & the album Blackout Summer via Polyvinyl; Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders dropped “Feel Brand New” off Blue Poles available May 4 via Terrible Records; Austin’s Swimming With Bears dropped the video for “French Girls”; BODEGA announced a European tour, dropped “Can’t Knock The Hustle” off the debut album Endless Scroll available June 1 via What’s Your Rupture?; James Bay dropped the acoustic single “Us”; Eminem dropped the James Larese video for “Framed”; Jon Hassell announced the long-awaited new album Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) available June 8 via the artist’s imprint Ndeya Records & dropped “Dreaming”; Seth Graham celebrates the release of Gasp with a headline spot at the Noumenal Loom & Orange Milk showcase April 27 at H0L0 Art Gallery; Amen Dunes announced tour in support of new Sacred Bones album Freedom; Glassjaw & Quicksand announced the summer co-headlining tour; Franz Ferdinand announced summer dates; Brian Wilson announced a holiday tour; Outside Lands lineup buzz; the majority of Drag City’s extensive catalog is now streaming on various popular platforms; Empire Records the musical is in the works; Migos’ tour bus bust; major gender pay gap revealed by UK major labels; and we celebrate the lives & talents of Janka Nabay & pianist Cecil Taylor.
As we continue onward it is now our pleasure & privilege to present the following interviews, insights & exclusives from Caicos, Romantic Thriller, YASSOU, Fat Tony, Ghostel, HAETHOR, Saw Tooth Wave, Young Galaxy, featuring guest selections by Kississippi & more—in no particular order.