Music Release Radar: Hottest albums and singles dropping August 28 - September 3

September is already shaping up to be a great month for new music releases! Are you ready for new tunes by artists like Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Timberlake?

It's a huge week in the music world, as Doja Cat (l,), Nicki Minaj (c.), and Justin Timberlake are dropping new bangers!
It's a huge week in the music world, as Doja Cat (l,), Nicki Minaj (c.), and Justin Timberlake are dropping new bangers!  © Collage: Noam Galai, Michael Tran, Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP (TAG24 Edit)

Get ready music lovers, because September is almost here, and it's bringing a wave of fresh tunes for your ears to float on for the last weekend of summer!

With a long Labor Day holiday weekend to relax and unwind, you'll have some extra time to listen to all of these bangers.

From albums from talents like midwxst, Sigala, Slowdive, and Speedy Ortiz, to singles from musicians including Doja Cat, Kat DeLuna, Lauren Mayberry, and Måneskin, this upcoming month's music scene is about to get a lot more exciting.

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Here are some of the highlights to look forward to!

Albums by midwxst, Sigala, Slowdive, Speedy Ortiz, SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE, The Paper Kites, and Icona Pop

Rapper midwxst (l.) and DJ Sigala are both dropping albums on Friday.
Rapper midwxst (l.) and DJ Sigala are both dropping albums on Friday.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@sigala & @midwxst
  • midwxst - E3 - September 1

Brace yourselves for the ultimate listening experience, as rapper midwxst drops his highly anticipated album, E3, this Friday.

With his innovative musical choices and captivating lyricism, midwxst is set to transport listeners to a new dimension.

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  • Sigala - Every Cloud - September 1

Get ready to feel the upbeat rhythms and melodies of DJ and record producer Sigala's latest masterpiece on Friday, Every Cloud.

Known for his chart-topping house hits, Sigala is back to add a touch of dance and euphoria to your summer playlist.

  • Slowdive - everything is alive - September 1

Slowdive is returning with their sixth album, everything is alive, on Friday.

The record focuses on an intense build-up through "post-rock-esque sonic landscapes," according to The Quietus, along with 80s-tinged electronic elements and psychedelic soundscapes.

  • Speedy Ortiz - Rabbit Rabbit - September 1

Alternative rock takes center stage with Speedy Ortiz's Rabbit Rabbit, set to be released on Friday.

This is the band's first album in five years, and the title is said to refer to a superstitious ritual one of the bandmates adopted as a child living with OCD and early trauma.

  • SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - i'm so lucky - September 1

This "collage rock" band has stretched the boundaries of genre with songs across four albums thus far.

The trio, comprised of Zack Schwartz, Corey Wichlin, and Rivka Ravede, started working on i'm so lucky during a transitional period in their lives, when Schwartz and Ravede ended their romantic relationship after being together for over 10 years.

Per the group's official website, "i'm so lucky is the start of a new era for SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE," and it's a "marker of their own growth and a hint of what's yet to come."

The album drops this Friday.

  • The Paper Kites - At The Roadhouse - September 1

Rock enthusiasts, get ready! The Paper Kites are gearing up to release their sixth album, At The Roadhouse, set to be dropped on Friday.

The band originally started performing as a house band in the small Australian town of Campbells Creek, where they played a ton of free shows while working on their new record.

  • Icona Pop - Club Romantech - September 1

Club Romantech is the upcoming third studio album by Swedish duo, Icona Pop. Set to be released on Friday, the album will mark their first studio release in ten years!

The album originally started coming to life when the duo was forced to sell their home in Los Angeles in 2020 and had to relocate back to Stockholm to quarantine during Covid.

This led to a spark of inspiration as the duo refocused on their sound and created more up-tempo beats.

Singles by Doja Cat, Kat DeLuna, Lauren Mayberry, Måneskin, Nicki Minaj, Sam Fischer, and Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake

Latin pop princess Kat DeLuna (l.) is dropping her newest single, Hottie With A Body, on Friday, followed by Måneskin's Honey (Are u coming?).
Latin pop princess Kat DeLuna (l.) is dropping her newest single, Hottie With A Body, on Friday, followed by Måneskin's Honey (Are u coming?).  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@katdeluna & @maneskinofficial

Luckily, there are just as many incredible singles to look out for as there are albums dropping this Friday!

Doja Cat is back with a new single, Demons, a dark and haunting ballad about the inner turmoil that she has been dealing with, while another kitty, Kat DeLuna, is back with her signature blend of Latin pop and dancehall on her new single, Hottie With A Body. Are you ready Delunatics?

Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry is gearing up to release her first solo single, Are You Awake? The song is a dreamy ballad about the search for meaning in life, and Mayberry's vocals are out-of-this-world. In an interview with NME, Mayberry described the project as a "fun, freaky, sad, weird, joyful pop playground."

Italian rock band Måneskin is back with their new single, HONEY! (Are u coming?). The band's blend of rock and pop is sure to get everyone up and dancing!

Nicki Minaj will release her first single of 2023, Last Time I Saw You, a dark and sultry R&B track about a toxic relationship. The song will be featured on her fifth studio album, Pink Friday 2, and will explore more of the singer's vocal abilities than her previous rap tracks.

Sam Fischer will drop his new single, Afterglow, on Friday. The song is his stadium banger, as he wrote in a Facebook post. "it's euphoric, it's cathartic, and i'm so excited for it to be yours," he said.

Last but certainly not least, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake have reunited for a new single, Keep Going Up!, a song about overcoming challenges and achieving your dreams.

The single is the long-awaited follow-up to the trio's first collab, 2007's Give It to Me, which hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 16 years ago, per Billboard.

Happy listening!

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