- To say that the path of Tinashe has been unpredictable might be an understatement: her career is one that shows how pop talent and industry buzz don’t always translate into immediate mainstream success. Frequently touted as “one to watch” around her exquisite 2014 debut, Aquarius, the Kentucky artist’s hype seemed to peter out as her “forthcoming” second album was pushed further and further into the distance. Better late than never feels a relevant descriptor now that Joyride has finally materialised though (via 2016’s Nightride mixtape). With boisterous, Offset-featuring "No Drama" brushing off the past few years of industry nonsense, Tinashe is confidently rewriting the narrative that has surrounded her of late. All lush R&B vocals over sheens of synth, with occasional revitalised moments of more hip-hop aggression, Joyride might be the moment that Tinashe finally fulfils expectations.
- Country star Jason Aldean has long specialised in the kind of twangy rock-tinged anthems that have earned him multiple platinum accolades, more than 15 million album sales, and 19 chart-topping singles. But album number eight arrives in darker context than previous releases: namely, it’s his first full-length release since the tragic mass shooting that took place at his 2017 Las Vegas show. The record is dedicated to the tragedy's victims and survivors, and finds Aldean tackling more substantial issues than before - the title alludes, he has said, to, "Putting things behind you - things that have held you down - and looking ahead."