Best Releases of June 17: All Songs Considered : NPR

The last of Yaya Bey, Remember your pole star, topped this week’s shortlist of the best albums released on June 17.

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Laurent Agyei

Singer-songwriter Yaya Bey is a gifted storyteller who taps into deep emotions with sly confidence, all set to a mix of soul, reggae, jazz and R&B. On his latest album, Remember your North Star, she examines generational trauma, misogynoir, the power and importance of self-love, and ultimately, healing. We listen to several excerpts from the record on this week’s show and talk about Bey’s journey of self-discovery.

We also have new albums this week from Perfume Genius, Bartees Strange, DJ and producer J. Rocc and more. Contributor and critic Christina Lee joins NPR Music Editor Marissa Lorusso, Radio Milwaukee’s Tarik Moody and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums on June 17.

Featured Albums:

  1. Yaya bey — Remember your North Star
    Songs Featured: “alright”, “rolling stoner”, “meet me in brooklyn”
  2. Strange Bartees — From farm to table
    Featured Songs: “Mulholland Dr.”, “Hold the Line”, “Hennessy”, “Cosigns”
  3. Savage – Julius Eastman, vol. 2: Joy Boy
    Songs Featured: “Stay On It”, “Touch Him When (Heavy)”, “Joy Boy”
  4. J. Rocc — A wonderful letter
    Songs Featured: “Keep On (Yeah)”, “Pajama Party”, “Dancing With the Best”
  5. Perfume genius — ugly season
    Featured Songs: “Teeth”, “Cenote”, “Scherzo”

Flash round:

  • Erica Banks— Flow Queen Diary
  • Harkin— Honeymoon Suite
  • Kevin Gates — Khaza
  • RY X — Moon of blood

Other notable releases for June 17:

  • Alanis Morissette The storm before the calm
  • Carlos Simon & Marco Pavé — Requiem for slaves
  • Turn signal – love is yours
  • Foals — life is yours
  • Hercules and a love story — In Amber
  • Infinity & Brian Ennals Knives — king cobra
  • Logic – Vinyl Days
  • Mount Joy — orange blood
  • Sound of Ceres — emerald sea

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