By Angelica Bottaro
There is nothing quite like finding that perfect playlist on Spotify, pressing play, and letting the whole world melt away around you. Perfect beats, melodies, and lyrics commingled together can transport you to a place you never thought possible. A good album, like the ones I’m about to tell you about, evoke emotions in you that you may never even have known existed.
Or maybe they bring you back to that moment in time when you felt something so specific, even a memory of it can’t do it justice. Whatever music does for you—because we all experience it differently—there’s no denying that it is one of the most important art forms that exists today. Music is life, as some people may say, myself included.
New music is especially important because it allows you to bask in an entirely new experience—an experience that you weren’t expecting nor knew you needed at all. This list is full of five newly released feminist albums giving you the best of the best. So, whether you’re into new top 40, indie alternative, or old school rap and hip-hop, there’s something on here that anyone can appreciate.
Lowkey Superstar Deluxe By Kari Faux
Released on September 24, Lowkey Superstar Deluxe is a bold and brash collection of the iconic rap Faux’s fans have come to expect. Initially released in April 2020, this new deluxe version includes four more tracks to fall in love with.
You’re transported into Faux’s own little universe as she takes you on a journey of in-your-face hits that will have you feeling just as bold as she is. One central message throughout her entire masterpiece is that men, yeah, they don’t really matter. So whether you’re going through a breakup or just want to be reminded of the power you possess, Lowkey Superstar Deluxe is the album for you.
SONGWRIGHTS APOTHECARY LAB By Esperanza Spalding
The SONGWRIGHTS APOTHECARY LAB brings a whole new meaning to the term background music. While the tracks may sound like something you’d hear while in downward dog at your local yoga studio, there is so much more to the smooth jazz collection than meets the ears. Each of Spalding’s songs is strategically designed to address a specific type of healing.
While this may sound hokey, there is no denying the therapeutic pull this album can have on a person. Spalding spoke to Recording Academy and broke the album down by track and healing property, and let’s just say, if you listen to it all, you’re going to walk out of the experience less anxious, less stressed, and even more in touch with who you are and what you truly want out of life.
Trying Not To Think About It By Jojo
Jojo was around when I was just a wee lass discovering the music scene all on my own, and now she’s back and better than ever with her latest album Trying Not To Think About It. The album examines mental health and what it truly means to look inward and interrogate one’s own mental state.
It’s honest and raw and dives into her journey through anxiety and depression. In the process, it connects people who may be experiencing the same things in a way that only genuinely epic music can. Songs on the album range from raw and lyrical to straight-up soulful, and anyone who’s ever been through a dark time mentally can take something away from this masterpiece.
Access Denied By RAY BLK
RAY BLK’s debut album Access Denied spends little time pretending to be a feminist album. It straight up shouts it with its beautiful and menacing repertoire of songs about self-worth and creating boundaries in your life. The album showcases that eliminating those that make you question your worth and cross your lines is a necessity for self-preservation in this world.
In a nutshell, it tells the story of a woman who’s been through trauma and is not going to let anyone or anything stand in the way of healing from the world that has caused so much damage. If that’s not the most relatable thing I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is.
To Hell With It By PinkPantheress
Another debut on the list, To Hell With It by Pinkpantheress, just goes to show that new music is not dead. The artist started on Tiktok and is now taking the music world by storm by combining her signature voice and lyrics with the UK’s garage house beats.
Although it would appear on the surface as a lay-it-out-on-the-table, open therapy session, PinkPantheress has this unique way of opening up without even unlocking the door. The mystery surrounding who she really is is just a piece of icing on this intensity-fueled song cake, making you realise that you’re not alone, no matter what it is you’re going through.
So grab your headphones and find your feminist groove right now on Spotify.