April 2021 Black Music Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released in April 2021 across multiple genres—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Classical
String Noise: Alien Stories (Infrequent Seams)

Funk, Rock, Pop, House, Electronic
DāM-FunK: Architecture III (Glydezone)
Dumpstaphunk: Where Do We Go From Here? (The Funk Garage)
Lonnie Holley: Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection (Spacebomb)
Pink Siifu: Negro Deluxe (dig) (Bandcamp)
Robin Trower, Maxi Priest & Livingstone Brown: United State of Mind (Manhaton)

Gospel, Spirituals, CCM
Elizabeth King: Living in the Last Days (Bible & Tire)
Maverick City Music: Old Church Basement (Elevation Worship)
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia: Music from the Motion Picture (dig) (ABKCO)

Jazz
Arturo O’Farrill & Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: Virtual Birdland (Zoho Music)
3 Kings: Neuroplasticity         
Chester Thompson: Powerhouse (remastered ed.) (Black Jazz/Real Gone)
Dopolarians: The Bond (Mahakala Music/Bandcamp)
Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz is Dead 006 (Jazz Is Dead)
Gene Russell: New Direction (reissue) (Real Gone Music)
Louis Armstrong: Complete Columbia & RCA Studio Sessions 1946-66 (Mosaic)
Marion Meadows: Twice As Nice (Shanachie)
Rodney Whitaker: Outrospection: The Music of Gregg Hill (Origin)
Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta: Salswing (dig)          
Spike Wilner Trio: Aliens & Wizards (Cellar Music Group)
Tony Tixier: I Am Human (limited ed. vinyl) (Whirlwind)
Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey & Linda Oh: Uneasy (ECM)

R&B, Soul
Elhae: Aura III (dig) (Motown)
Houston Kendrick: Small Infinity (dig)           
Lucky Daye: Painted (dlx. Vinyl ed.) (RCA)
Matt Martians: Going Normal (dig) (5th Echelon Jet Repair Co.)
Rochelle Jordan: Play With the Changes (YoungArt)
Ruff Endz: Rebirth      
Shelley FKA DRAM: S/T (dig) (Atlantic)
Zo! & Tall Black Guy: Abstractions (dig) (Foreign Exchange)

Rap & Hip Hop
24hrs: Real Walker (dig) (Private Club)
AG Club: F*ck Your Expectations Pt. 1 (dig) (AWAL Recordings)
AJ Tracey: Flu Game (dig) (Revenge)
Bankroll Freddie: Big Bank (dig) (Quality Control)
Brockhampton: Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (dig) (RCA)
BSF & CF: Trust The Sopranos (dig)   
Busta Rhymes: The Coming (25th Anniv. Super Deluxe Ed.) (Warner)
Cadence Weapon: Parallel World (dig) (eOne)
Caleb Brown: Nevaeh: A Memoir (dig) (You Found Brown)
Conway The Machine: La Maquina (dig) (Griselda)
Cordae: Just Until… (Atlantic)
CRAFTY 893: Smart Dumb (dig) (Tru Thoughts)
Currensy: Financial District (dig) (300 Ent.)
DJ Megan Ryte: S/T (dig) (Ryte Way Music)
Drakeo the Ruler and Ralphy: A Cold Day in Hell (dig) (Stinc Team)
FMB DZ: War Zone (dig) (Empire)
Hoodrich Pablo Juan: Designer Dope Boyz (dig)       
Jasiah: War (dig)        
Kenny Mason: Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut Deluxe (dig)        
Kevo Muney: Lucille’s Grandson (dig) (GME LLC)
Kid Ink: Alive (dig)      
Koreatown Oddity: Little Dominiques Nosebleed (vinyl ed.) (Stones Throw)
Lakeyah: In Due Time (dig) (Quality Control)
Lil Tjay: Destined 2 Win (dig) (Columbia)
Lil Yachty: Michigan Boy Boat (dig) (Motown)
Mello Music Group: Bushido (dig) (Mello Music)
Mo3: Shootaz 4Eva (dig) (Empire)
Moneybagg Yo: A Gangster’s Pain (Interscope)
Nebu Kiniza: Back2Lyfe (dig) (RCA)
Nez: Midnight Music (dig) (Sony)
Sauce Walka: Birdz Hunt Snakes (dig) (Creative Music Group)
Sauce Walka: Sauce R&B (dig) (Creative Music Group)
Sauce Walka: God of Texas (dig) (Creative Music Group)
Sauce Walka and El Trainn: Sauce Trainn (dig) (Creative Music Group)
Saweetie: Pretty Summer Playlist (dig) (Warner)
Shelley FKA DRAM: S/T (dig) (Atlantic)
Snoop Dogg: From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites (dig) (Doggystyle)
ssgkobe: Ko (Field Trip)
Topaz Jones: Don’t Go Tellin Your Momma (dig) (New Funk Academy/Black Canopy)
Trev Rich: Out the Dark (dig) (Full Circle)
Vince Ash: Vito (deluxe ed.) (Interscope)
Young Thug and Young Stoner Life: Slime Language 2 (dig) (Young Stoner Life/300 Ent)
Zaytoven: Presents Fo15 (dig)           

Reggae, International
AYLØ: Clairsentience Live (Soulection)
Ballaké Sissoko: Djourou (No Format)
DELGRES: 4:00AM (Pias)
Soulfiya: Offering (Americano)
Toumani Diabaté & London Symphony Orchestra: Kôrôlén (World Circuit)
WheelUP: Good Love (Tru Thoughts)