Yves Tumor / Moor Mother / Navy Blue

Pitchfork made a list of 25 new artists "that help us consider the future of music: how it’ll be made, where it’ll come from, what role it’ll play in shaping scenes, and how genre lines may be increasingly dismantled". Some of the promising ones the P staff chose: MIKE for being "a beacon within the modern rap underground", Black Midi for "oddity and unpredictability", 100 Gecs for their "extreme pop music", Moor Mother for her "radical message", Bartees Strange for "his vision of what guitar music can encompass", Yves Tumor for their "restless experimentation", Amaarae for "bending the boundaries of Afro-fusion music", Navy Blue for being the "leader of a new class of introspective rapper-producers", Blood Incantation because they've "elevated old-school death metal into a psychedelic, ever-expanding solar system".

Experimental electronic producer Yves Tumor turned, slightly, into "bold, loud art rock" on his newest album, but, Brooklyn Vegan argues, it stays "an experimental record even during its poppiest moments... it never relies on obvious, cheap tricks and it always earns the 'art' or 'avant-' prefix". The Quietus writes highly of it as well: "On 'Heaven To A Tortured Mind', Tumor harnesses his relentless curiosity to test the boundaries of rock and noise – and reinvents what we expect from both in the process". Stereogum hears "kaleidoscopic rock and soul anthems" on "his most approachable work by far, a move to the middle that never sounds like a compromise". Exclaim says it is "the sound of all of pop history", Alexis Petridis likes the unpredictability of it, and The Skinny emphasizes the message "that there's always calmness to be found amid chaos".

The Weeknd, 'After Hours' album cover

In the week he turned 30, The Weeknd dropped 'After Hours', title song from his album of the same name, a slow-burning nightly record; Nnamdi released an unusual folk song 'Flowers to my Demons'; American soul/r'n'b veteran Swamp Dogg got some help from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on 'Good, Better, Best'; Canadian dream-pop band Purity Ring shared a song 'Stardew' from their first new album in five years; Greg Dulli made a great sunny song 'A Ghost'; Pearl Jam go retro rock on 'Superblood Wolfmoon' experimentalists Horse Lords go reggaeton and make a cool video to go with 'People's Park'; Yves Tumor stays in the weird-pop lane with 'Gospel For A New Century'; underground rap legend Kool Keith released a collaboration 'Hallucinations' with duo Thetan; Sightless Pit, the new collaborative project of Lee Buford (The Body), Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), and Dylan Walker (Full of Hell), have shared two new songs.