Music 

Best New Music of August: Victoria Monét, Chika, Troye Sivan and More

New tracks and albums to dance (at home) to.

By
2,501 Hypes

August was a busy month for several chart-topping artists, who took advantage of the final weeks of summer to debut new albums, singles and music videos. R&B songstress Victoria Monét made a splash with debut project JAGUAR, a nine-track compilation including old hits and new tunes. Chika, who made XXL‘s 2020 Freshman Class, returned with  single “U Should” while Troye Sivan dropped EP IN A DREAM. Other artists with fresh material include Princess Nokia, Sevdaliza and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Keep reading for the best new music from August.

Armani Caesar – “Simply Done” feat. Benny The Butcher

The first woman signed to hip-hop collective Griselda Records, Armani Caesar recalls the likes of Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B with “Simply Done.” Featuring Benny The Butcher, the track infuses an old school hip-hop feel with Caesar’s bold verses.

Jamila Woods – “SULA (Paperback)”

Chicago-based singer and poet Jamila Woods drew inspiration from Toni Morrison’s 1973 novel Sula for her latest track of the same name. The first Morrison novel Woods ever read, the text holds special meaning for the artist. “Returning to the story several years later, it gave me permission to reject confining ideas about my identity designed to shrink my spirit,” Woods said in a statement. “[SULA (Paperback)] is a mantra to allow myself space to experience my gender, love, intimacy, and sexuality on my own terms.”

Victoria Monét - JAGUAR


The songwriter behind hits by Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, Victoria Monét stepped into the spotlight with debut project JAGUAR. “I wanted to get to the root of the music I have always loved, which is ’60s and ’70s oldies and classics,” Monét said of its development. “They remind me of memories with my grandma.”

Chika – “U Should”

Building on the release of her EP Industry Games, rapper Chika dropped “U Should,” a sultry track showcasing the artist’s standout voice and flow. Shortly after “U Should” debuted, Chika made her first foray into acting with an appearance in Netflix film Project Power.

Charlotte Day Wilson – “Take Care Of You” feat. Syd

Canadian R&B singer Charlotte Day Wilson teamed up with Syd of The Internet on “Take Care Of You,” a song that Wilson said “came really naturally and quickly.” “I just wanted to write the sort of lesbian love song that I would want to listen to,” the artist added in a statement on the smooth track.

Arlo Parks – “Hurt”

20-year-old poet-turned-musician Arlo Parks explores themes including shyness and self-doubt throughout her emotional work, which garnered the artist a spot on the cover of NME. Her latest track, “Hurt,” grapples with the difficult — yet ultimately gratifying — experience of healing from pain. “It is supposed to uplift and comfort those going through hard times,” she said of the single.

Cuppy - Original Copy


Nigerian rapper Cuppy unveiled her much-anticipated album Original Copy, exploring a sound the artist describes as “neo-Afrobeats.” Featuring collaborations with stars including Wyclef Jean and Julian Marley, the 12-track project tackles themes including independence, heartbreak and African pride, all set to danceable beats.

Troye Sivan - IN A DREAM

Troye Sivan described new EP IN A DREAM as “a story that’s still unfolding,” perhaps pointing to additional releases on the horizon. “This small collection of songs explores an emotional rollercoaster period in my life when the feelings and thoughts were most shockingly fresh,” he shared in a statement.

Princess Nokia – “I Like Him”

Princess Nokia unveiled a music video for “I Like Him” a hit single off her 2020 album, Everything Sucks. The Y2K-inspired visual builds on the song’s empowering lyrics as the rapper sizes up a lineup of tattooed prospects.

Sevdaliza - Shabrang


Iranian-Dutch artist Sevdaliza unveiled new album Shabrang, released independently on her own music label, Twisted Elegance. Highlighting the singer’s melancholy lyrics and melodic instrumentals, the album features 15 tracks produced entirely by Sevdaliza and longtime collaborator Mucky.

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

Best Music of August: DJ Khaled, Megan Thee Stallion and BLACKPINK
Music 

Best Music of August: DJ Khaled, Megan Thee Stallion and BLACKPINK

A perfect end of summer mix of funk, K-pop and rap.
1,447 Hypes

Best Music of October: Rihanna, The 1975, Taylor Swift, Ice Spice and More
Music 

Best Music of October: Rihanna, The 1975, Taylor Swift, Ice Spice and More

Highlighting pop music, comebacks and rising talent.
4,985 Hypes

Best Music of July: Steve Lacy, Beyoncé, BLACKPINK and More
Music 

Best Music of July: Steve Lacy, Beyoncé, BLACKPINK and More

A compilation of dance, pop, hip-hop and R&B-filled tracks.
38,674 Hypes


Best Music of September: Rosalía, Bomba Estéreo, Cardi B and More
Music

Best Music of September: Rosalía, Bomba Estéreo, Cardi B and More

Singles and albums perfect for your cozy weather playlist.
43,189 Hypes

Isa Boulder Debuts Collection of Crochet Knitwear, Including Lingerie
Fashion

Isa Boulder Debuts Collection of Crochet Knitwear, Including Lingerie

Spanning underwear and separates.
3,948 Hypes

Whet Your Appetite With New PS5 Game 'Play With Your Food'
Tech

Whet Your Appetite With New PS5 Game 'Play With Your Food'

Interact with mouth-watering animated burgers, sushi and more.
1,831 Hypes

We11Done Readies Fall With Logo Tees, Oversized Blazers and More
Fashion

We11Done Readies Fall With Logo Tees, Oversized Blazers and More

Captured in an exclusive editorial.
3,509 Hypes

Raf Simons' Safety Pin Earring Is the Ultimate Accessory
Fashion

Raf Simons' Safety Pin Earring Is the Ultimate Accessory

Elevate your jewelry game.
1,936 Hypes


Sustainble Brand Maggie Marilyn Unveils Breezy "Season 11" Lookbook
Fashion

Sustainble Brand Maggie Marilyn Unveils Breezy "Season 11" Lookbook

A name to keep on your radar.
2,272 Hypes

KITH To Close All Flagships, Turning Them Into Voter Registration Hubs
Culture

KITH To Close All Flagships, Turning Them Into Voter Registration Hubs

“Voting is the most powerful act we can do collectively to implement change and overturn the injustices experienced too often in this country.”
3,625 Hypes

Here's How You Can Get This Ultra Mini-Sized Nike Air Max 95
Footwear

Here's How You Can Get This Ultra Mini-Sized Nike Air Max 95

A tiny version of Nike’s latest capsule celebrating the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.
4,206 Hypes

L'Oréal USA Announces Commitment to 100% Sustainable Packaging By 2025
Beauty

L'Oréal USA Announces Commitment to 100% Sustainable Packaging By 2025

Joining a group of over 60 organizations to reduce plastic waste.
2,018 Hypes


More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.