Dope Aural: Cold Cadences

January is typically a slow month for new music releases; however, there were some albums that have been released recently that are worth checking out.  Last month, with the help of a friend, I fell into the rabbit hole when I was introduced to an artist, Brent Faiyaz.  His latest EP Lost was released back in October and definitely earns a listen for his unique sound. Anderson Paak has also been on heavy rotation with his latest album Oxnard.

Today marks the release of New Orleans’ own DAWN’S brand new album new breed. Last week we saw Atlanta rapper Future’s new album Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD as well as British singer-songwriter James Blake’s Assume Form.  In the world of R&B, Elijah Blake recently released Bijoux 23, and Trey Songz dropped a surprise album 11 and mixtape 28 on his birthday that you should give a listen.  Check out fresh pop releases from Alessia Cara, Rita Ora and Zayn.  If you are into hip-hop, be sure to listen to Meek Mill’s Championships, Gucci Mane’s Evil Genius, and City Girls Girl Code.

Check out these 17 EP’s and albums on Spotify by clicking the album art.

DAWN – new breed
Anderson Paak – Oxnard
Brent Faiyaz –  Lost
Alessia Cara – The Pains of Growing
Trey Songz – 11 & 28
Elijah Blake – Bijoux 23
DaniLeigh – The Plan
Arin Ray – Platinum Fire (Deluxe)
Tone Stith – Good Company
Zayn – Icarus Falls
Rita Ora – Phoenix (Deluxe)
The-Dream – Menage a Trois Sextape Vol. 1,2,3
Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD
James Blake – Assume Form
Gucci Mane – Evil Genius
Meek Mill – Championships
City Girls – Girl Code
Creed II: The Album by Mike Will Made-It

Don’t forget to check out Music Mix: 19 lbs. Down – Rise & Grind, and follow me on Spotify here for access to specially curated music playlists.

Trey Payadue is a contributing blogger and curator of music for The Black Unicorn Project. He was raised on the west bank of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area in the small town of Marrero, Louisiana. Brought up in the Black Catholic church, Trey was completely immersed in New Orleans music and Black culture through local fairs and famous celebrations like Mardi Gras, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Essence Fest. He was also exposed to various styles of music, such as gospel, pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, bounce and his first love, rhythm & blues, at a young age. His inherent love and appreciation, paired with his exposure to New Orleans Culture and events, ignited an infectious passion for music. Trey quickly became known as “The Music Man”, amateur house party DJ and the mixtape go-to guy for new music. Currently, Trey juggles a 9-5 while moonlighting as a curator of good music, a patron of popular music and Black culture, and a student of where all three intersect. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @SumthinSevere and get access to shared playlists on Spotify.

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