4 Short Albums: Planet Giza, Q, Steve Lacy, Tank and the Bangas

Planet Giza — Don’t Throw Rocks at the Moon

Planet Giza’s follow-up to debut album Added Sugar is eclectic and bursting at the seams with talent. The Montréal group can take on a variety of different sounds within hip-hop and R&B, and flex their dynamic skills on Don’t Throw Rocks at the Moon. If my words aren’t enough, know that KAYTRANADA believes in them. Their latest single, FTW, further shows that they’re ready for a breakout.

Q — The Shave Experiment

Q’s falsetto vocals and immense talent on the bass guitar make him one of the most alluring young voices in neo-soul and indie music. Blending genres with each release, this EP is capped off with the achingly beautiful “Garage Rooftop,” with a romantic video to match.

Steve Lacy — The Lo-Fis

Even when he’s just dropping loosies and short ideas he probably came up with in seconds, Lacy’s work is constantly some of the best in our contemporary landscape. Rocking a wide vocal range and an alluring songwriting style, The Lo-Fis takes the idea of an untitled, unmastered mixtape and makes it more cohesive and attractive.

Tank and the Bangas — Friend Goals

Winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest several years ago, the New Orleans outfit’s latest EP is goofy, loud, and full of energy. With features that range from rappers CHIKA and DUCKWRTH. to legendary trumpet player Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, with plenty more talent in between, the EP is stylistically varied. Keeping the project cohesive is lead vocalist Tank’s youthful energy, taking on subject matters such from the insecurity of social media to the frustration of TSA taking your shit.

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