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Death Tops Today’s New Album Announcements

The Grim Reaper is trending thanks to a slate of upcoming posthumous releases.

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Death often seems to come in threes. But this is the first time I’ve spotted the Grim Reaper trending in the album release feed. Even worse: He’s leading a gang of four. Topping the list is late rapper Mac Miller and his posthumous release Circles, which comes out Jan. 17. The album was reportedly unfinished when the rapper died in 2018, but collaborator Jon Brion went on to complete the disc, a companion piece to his Swimming album. Second up: Night Sweats frontman Nathaniel Rateliff’s solo set And It’s Still Alright, inspired and informed by the death of the band’s producer and his longtime friend Richard Swift. It arrives on Valentine’s Day, sweetly enough. Thirdly: Philippe Cerboneschi, the surviving member of French house duo Cassius, will pay tribute to recently deceased partner Philippe Zdar by releasing their final production, a remix of Florious’s I’m Not Defeated. Nice coincidence, that. And finally, today would have been David Bowie’s 73rd birthday — so it seems like a fine time for his label to announce two new releases: 1 | The rarities EP Is It Any Wonder, which will be issued one song at a time over the next six weeks, starting with a 1996 version of The Man Who Sold The World (above); 2 | The EP Changes Now Bowie, which will feature rehearsals for Bowie’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden (also in 1996). It come out on Record Store Day, April 18. Of course, there are plenty of other discs coming out between now and then. Scroll down to see all of today’s additions, and bop over to the Upcoming Releases page to check out the entire list.


January 10

Yegorka | Stay On Your Path EP

January 17

Mac Miller | Circles
Giuliano Sorgini | Sounds From the Far Space
Various Artists / DJ Khaled | Bad Boys for Life: The Soundtrack

January 31

Lucy Johnson | Soundtracks 2013-2019 Vol. 1
Warhawks | Stardust Disco

February 14

Forever | Close To The Flame EP
The Men | Mercy
Nathaniel Rateliff | And It’s Still Alright

February 21

Cassius | I’m Not Defeated (Cassius XXL Remix)
Matt Holubowski | Weird Ones
On Thorns I Lay | Threnos

February 28

Fluisteraars | Bloem
Grizzly Bear | Horn of Plenty
Hailey Whitters | The Dream

March 6

Disq | Collector
Silverstein | A Beautiful Place to Drown 20th Anniversary

March 20

Lynn Pramuk | Fountain

March 27

Robert Forster | Danger In The Past Reissue
Robert Forster | Calling From A Country Phone Reissue
Woorms | Twitching, As Prey

April 3

Dream Nails | Dream Nails

April 18 | Record Store Day

David Bowie | Changes Now Bowie EP