Finnish rock band Circle join forces with the cult English singer-songwriter Richard Dawson for Henki. With a title nodding to Finnish spirits, Henki explores mythologies and other oddities of history; “Silene,” for instance, concerns a 32,000-year-old seed. They released videos for “Methuselah” and “Lily” ahead of the album.
Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon: Beautifully Black [Jewelry Rap Productions]
Beautifully Black is the second album this year from Charlotte, North Carolina rapper Lord Jah-Monte Ogbone, following May’s Too Little, Too Late. Navy Blue, who produced the project, joins him on “I Miss You,” with Kelly Moonstone, Messiah, and Phiik appearing elsewhere. Beautifully Black is the fourth album produced by Navy Blue this year, following Wiki’s Half God, Akai Solo’s True Sky, and Ankhlejohn’s As Above So Below.
Defcee & Messiah Musik: Trapdoor [Backwoodz Studioz]
Trapdoor is a new album from Chicago rapper Defcee and producer Messiah Musik. “I sought Messiah out for a whole project because his track record was perfect—I had never heard a song he produced where it wasn’t one of my favorites on the project,” Defcee said of his collaborator in press materials. The 15-track record includes contributions from PremRock, Armand Hammer, Alaska, Henry Canyons, Curly Castro, and others.