We’re starting off the weekend with a whole lot of energy. Whether it’s the the heady dubstep from Stray Kids, the blood-pumping sounds of The Raconteurs or Trina’s unmissable swagger, this week’s releases are all about musical power. Take a listen to your old favorites or maybe hop on the K-Pop trend with a group that’s toppling hierarchies. Either way, you’re in for a week of extreme talent.
If there’s any K-Pop band coming out of South Korea that knows how to put on a show, it’s these nine. Stray Kids, who are releasing their eclectic album titled Clé 2: Yellow Wood, a continuation of Clé 1: MIROH, takes all the elements of popular music in 2019 and strings them into a set of up-beat bangers. What makes these guys the most interesting? They’re building their own brand, music and team. They are overseen by JYP Entertainment, who originally gave the boys a platform as performers and creators on the reality TV show first titled Stray Kids. Now, with the support of fans, who swear by the phrase “nine or none,” and the drive to push boundaries, as seen in the four mixtape tracks on Clé 2, the band is just getting ready to take over. Be sure to get a taste of their heart-pumping tracks like “Side Effects” and you’ll see just how powerful this band’s sound is.
After an 11-year hiatus, The Raconteurs are back to the thrashing sounds of their early days. The bluesy punk heroes are debuting the long-awaited release of Help Us Stranger through Third Man Records, which features newly minted rock-rooted hits such as “Bored and Razed” and “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness).” It is the creativity and non-stop fervor from Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler that keep The Raconteurs devoted to exploring what Stereogum calls “nothing…that sounds like genre-reliant clock-punching.” Through White’s unusual producing habits (see his Walkie-Talkie-Tesla tactic) and the chemistry that has culminated through years of experimentation, the release of Help Us Stranger is a new-age spin on the soulful rock experience their fans cherish. In support of the album, the band has already announced tour dates, so if you manage to get tickets before they most certainly sell out, you could get the chance to witness the masters live.
In the reigning era of rap queens, there’s always room for more sass. This week, Trina comes back with the release of The One through Rockstarr Music Group, to show the female powerhouse rappers just who started it all. With “BAPS” dropping this past Wednesday, Trina and Nicki Minaj take a 2000’s beat and give it the female-energy to top out the 2010’s. Nicki is just one of the collabs The One is set to feature. On her sixth-studio album, Trina worked alongside 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled and more, according to CNN Entertainment. Trina has clearly returned during the prime time of girl power. On an Instagram post with a picture of her younger self she writes, “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had dreams of doing it big.” Trina is back to join the women rap forces, so be sure to be among the first to listen to The One.
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