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June 2018: the best album releases

With summer rolling in, it’s important to have your playlist ready for those long nights! To give you a helping hand, here are five of the best albums released in June.

Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer

Everything has shifted for Father John Misty’s fourth album. Even down to the cover art which features a somber Tillman, moving away from the intricate art that featured on Fear Fun, I Love You, Honeybear and 2017’s Pure Comedy. The tracks on God’s Favorite Customer aren’t as love-laden as previous efforts, set in a hotel room as his life is seemingly in tatters. In true Misty fashion, there are some well-timed jokes in there, namely the track Mr. Tillman – it shows a witty exchange between an intoxicated Josh and a hotel concierge so patient he deserves a pay rise.

Kanye West – ye

Kanye West is working harder than ever at the minute. He’s worked on Pusha T’s DAYTONA, his own album ye, Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi, Nas’s album NASIR and Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E.. Kanye’s album on the surface seems like a rushed job; it’s only 23 minutes long and the album cover was shot en route to the extravagant listening party in Wyoming, with “I hate being bi-polar, it’s awesome” scrawled across the scenic mountain image. But there are flashes of true brilliance within the album in which he starts to unbundle some of the criticisms he’s faced within the last few weeks. He’s dreading North growing up, he’s grateful Kim didn’t leave him amongst all the drama and Kanye keeps on being Kanye.

Jorja Smith – Lost and Found

Once Drake puts you on his album, you’re pretty much destined for big things. Case and point; The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Sampha. Add to this list, Jorja Smith, who featured on Drake’s More Life. Jorja’s debut album Lost and Found dropped just weeks before Drizzy’s own latest offering, Scorpion. She got the world talking back in 2016 when she sampled UK grime royalty Dizzee Rascal on her track Blue Lights before unleashing her huge UK garage-inspired track On My Mind last year. Her debut is strong, and although it doesn’t feature the songs that helped bring her to the forefront, it does contain the beautiful and pained Teenage Fantasy.

Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E

G.O.O.D Music’s Teyana Taylor had a helping hand from founder Kanye West on her new album K.T.S.E (Keep That Same Energy). Teyana’s sophomore effort has been a long time coming; her debut VII is almost four years old but she’s been busy raising her young daughter Junie. Taylor’s is the last of the Kanye-produced albums to be released and his has been well worth the wait. The immensely talented Teyana will have you humming along to Hurry all summer long.

Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic

The death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington has had such a profound effect on bandmate Mike Shinoda. Almost one year after Bennington’s untimely passing, Shinoda has poured his heart and the depths of emotions he has felt into a full album, Post Traumatic. Over Again details the difficulty Shinoda finds at having to continuously say goodbye to his friend and bandmate, penned following a memorial concert for Bennington.

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