The Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter Cehryl. Her latest release, Time Machine, is one of our picks for the best albums out on April 9.

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It’s hard to feel bad when you listen to the music of Dutch artist Benny Sings. His latest album, simply titled Music, is a breezy, carefree collection of songs full of light and air, and wrapped in a mix of what reviewer Tarik Moody calls “Yacht Soul.” We open this week’s show with the album’s opening song, “Nobody’s Fault,” and talk about the many ways Benny Sings can bring joy to your day.

Also on the show: the group Brockhampton returns with its most personal and revealing album so far, Milwaukee native and rapper Lakeyah has her moment on her latest mixtape In Due Time, the transcendent sounds of the Vijay Iyer Trio, composer claire rousay and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night In America joins NPR Musics Lars Gotrich, contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee‘s Tarik Moody and AltLatino’s Anamarie Sayre, along with host Robin Hilton, to share their picks for the best new albums out on April 9.

Featured Albums:

  1. Benny Sings — Music
    Featured Song: “Nobody’s Fault”
  2. Brockhampton — Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
    Featured Song: “The Light”
  3. Lakeyah — In Due Time
    Featured Song: “Look At Me”
  4. claire rousay — A Softer Focus
    Featured Song: “Peak Chroma”
  5. Mon Laferte — Seis
    Featured Song: “Se Me Va Quemar El Corazon”
  6. Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley — Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection
    Featured Song: “Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection”
  7. Sheep, Dog & Wolf — Two Minds
    Featured Song: “Two Minds”
  8. Cehryl — Time Machine
    Featured Song: “Outside the Party, Inside the Dream”
  9. The Vijay Iyer Trio — Uneasy
    Featured Song: “Children of Flint”

Other notable releases for April 9: Ballaké Sissoko — Djouro; Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble — Now; Max Richter — Voices 2; Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turissi — They’re Calling Me Home; Taylor Swift — Fearless (Taylor’s Version); Yaya Bey — The Things I Can’t Take With Me.