The Nashville artist Houston Kendrick contains multitudes. His latest album, Small Infinity, is a rich and vibrant mix of rap, R&B and pop, with technicolor songs that reflect on childhood, young love and the journey of self-discovery. We open this week’s show with the track “Ugly Vybes” from Small Infinity and talk about the dazzling universe Kendrick has created.
Also on the program: Newly signed Sub-Pop artist Hannah Jadagu has dropped her debut EP; The West African kora player Toumani Diabaté has a transcendent new album recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra; the veteran, idiosyncratic rock band Dinosaur Jr. is back with new work as vital as any in its 40-year career and more. Nate Chinen with WBGO and Jazz Night In America joins WNXP‘s Jewly Hight, NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga, Radio Milwaukee‘s Tarik Moody and Stephen Thompson, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best albums out on April 23.
- Houston Kendrick — Small Infinity
Featured Song: “Ugly Vybes”
- Hannahg Jadagu — What Is Going On?
Featured Song: “Sundown”
- Dinosaur Jr. — Sweep It Into Space
Featured Song: “And Me”
- Arooj Aftab — Vulture Prince
Featured Songs: “Suroor” and “Baghon Main”
- Toumani Diabaté and The London Symphony Orchestra — Korolen
Featured Songs: “Elyne Road” and “Cantelowes”
- Hasaan Ibn Ali — Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album
Featured Song: “El Hasaan”
Other notable releases for April 23: Alfa Mist — Bring Backs; Ethel Cain — Inbred; Jupiter & Okwess — Na Kozonga; Yellow Ostrich — Soft.