St. Louis rapper Smino’s new album, Luv 4 Rent, tops our shortlist of the best releases out on Oct. 28.

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As reviewer John Morrison says on this week’s show, after a nearly a half-century of hip-hop and rap, it’s hard to “find new flows that people haven’t already run into the ground.” But that’s exactly what Smino does on his latest album, Luv 4 Rent, a head-spinning, wildly inventive collection of fractured tracks that explore the many forms love can take, from obsession to the bonds of family. We open this week’s show with Luv 4 Rent and talk about the ways Smino manages to surprise listeners at every turn.

We’ve also got a staggering, bold and beautiful new album from singer Benjamin Clementine, the meditative music of producer Nosaj Thing, Icelandic singer Ásgeir and more. WBEZ and Vocalo Radio’s Ayana Contreras joins WXPN’s John Morrison and Radio Milwaukee’s Tarik Moody, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 28.

Featured Albums:

  1. Smino — Luv 4 Rent
    Featured Tracks: “Pro Freak,” “Blu Billy,” “Pudgy”
  2. Nosaj Thing — Continua
    Featured Tracks: “We Are,” “Look Both Ways”
  3. Ásgeir — Time on My Hands
    Featured Tracks: “Time on My Hands,” “Borderland,” “Limitless”
  4. Benjamin Clementine — And I Have Been
    Featured Tracks: “Residue,” “Lovelustreman,” “Delighted”
  5. Ghost Funk Orchestra — A New Kind Of Love
    Featured Tracks: “Your Man’s No Good,” “Quiet Places”

Lightning Round:

  • Cakes da Killa — Svengali
  • Fatboi Sharif & Noface — Preaching in Havana
  • Field Guide — Field Guide
  • Junior Boys — Waiting Game

Other Notable Releases For Oct. 28:

  • Babehoven — Light Moving Time
  • The Beatles — Revolver (Super Deluxe)
  • Dear Nora — human futures
  • DIGAWOLF — INI (Spirit)
  • Lee Fields — Sentimental Fool
  • Martha — Please Don’t Take Me Back
  • Show Me The Body — Trouble The Water
  • Trampled By Turtles — Alpenglow
  • Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1 with Greg Osby — The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism (Live)
  • Yung Gravy — Marvelous