Weekly Releases: Nilüfer Yanya, SZA, Slow Dancer, Places + Faces Sounds & Sufjan Stevens

Looking at the releases this week, there’s something here for everybody. From the heartwarming tones of London newcomer Nilüfer Yanya,the swirling R&B soundscapes courtesy of SZA, Slow Dancer’s brilliant album In A Mood and Places + Faces Sounds’ star-studded mixtape to Sufjan Stevens’ extraordinary Planetarium, we’ve got you all covered!



London newcomer Nilüfer Yanya’s voice is one that will strike a chord with you from the moment you hear it, because unlike any other you’ve heard. Having released her brilliant Better Crimes EP last year, the singer/songwriter has now shared the equally arresting Plant Feed EP which features the previously heard singles “The Florist” and “Golden Cage”, finished off with the heartwarming guitar-laden gem “Sliding Doors”. In these three songs, Yanya showcases exactly why she’s one of the most exciting new artists around – a must listen!



It’s been a long time coming, but the highly anticipated debut album from TDE artist SZA is finally upon us! Following a slew of single releases and performances, SZA’s CTRL is a breath of fresh air as her angelic musings tinged with a sharp fierceness stand out on each and every one of the fourteen tracks. With contributions from the likes of Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad, the record beautifully encapsulates SZA’s inexplicably soulful artistry whilst maintaining an element of freshness.



Sometimes the shortest albums are the ones that stay with you the longest, and that’s exactly the case with In A Mood, the breathtaking debut album from Australian singer/songwriter Slow Dancer. At just under forty minutes long, the album’s ten songs wonderfully flow into one another, creating a sense of timelessness as Simon Okely’s endearing tones soften your heart in songs like previously released singles “It Goes On” and “Don’t Believe”. Lose yourself in the dreamy instrumentation and candid songwriting below, you won’t regret it!



London based photography collective and fashion brand Places + Faces have teamed up with Red Bull Music Studios to curate an exceptional collections of songs to form a mixtape packed with absolute fire. Featuring one-off performance by a star-studded lineup including Daniel OG, Danny Seth, Jeshi as well as COLORS favourites Crave Moore, Kojey Radical, Benny Mails, Fredwave and a host of other talented artists, The + Tape is the perfect soundtrack to the summer.



Let Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly and James McAlister take you on a trip across the universe on their magical new collaborative album Planetarium. Originally performing a collection of songs that were inspired by the solar system back in 2013 with a string quartet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, you can now stream  the album in its entirety below. Stevens’ soft and haunting vocals sweep across the ever expansive and cinematic soundscapes to create an utterly immersive atmosphere. It really is out of this world!

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