The music Gods have spoiled us this week – a slew of new music drops on Friday AND more than 600 Record Store Day releases on Saturday! Check back later this week for Ryan Arnold’s picks for Record Store Day exclusive releases. Here are five releases to get excited about this week.


Santana – Santana IV : What happens when you reunite the original members of Santana? Afro-Latin rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos. This will be the first time in 45 years (that’s 1971), that the quintet has recorded together and it couldn’t have happened any sooner. While speaking about the recording process Santana stated “It was magical, we didn’t have to try to force the vibe – it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana”.



Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – PersonA : PersonA will be Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s fourth studio album. The bulk of the album was recorded in a single room in New Orleans, and I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the culture and music of New Orleans, and hope that a little bit of it has made it’s impressions on this album. This will be the band’s first album in almost 3 years, and if their past work is any indication, this album will not disappoint.



Bear Hands – You’ll Pay For This : A slick fusion of American post-punk and indie rock, Bear Hands has a formula for creating music that spans the gamut. It’s in your face and punchy, but smooth and tender at the same time. I really like the vibes I get when I listen to their music and hope this album is more of the same.





J DillaJ Dilla – The Diary : J Dilla is highly regarded as the best Hip-Hop/Rap producer of all time, and any release, or re-release comes with an incredible amount of anticipation. The Diary is the last of Dilla’s unissued material, but unlike most of his previous releases, which are composed mostly of unedited instrumentals, The Diary is a collection of J Dilla vocals over his own production, as well as work from other legendary producers including, Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, Hit-Tek, and Karriem Riggins.




Graham Nash – This Path Tonight : Nash’s first solo studio album in 14 years. This Path Tonight is a self reflection of Nash’s 50+ year career.”What a pleasure it was recording this album. Shane [Fontayne] and I had written 20 songs in a month, and recorded them in eight days. The music has a different feel to my earlier albums, although I hear echoes of each one. This journey of mine was one of self-discovery, of intense creation, of absolute passion” – Graham Nash



Additional musicians releasing music this week inclue: Ashley Shadow, Blaqk Audio, Cate Le Bon, Dave Harrington Group, Jenny Berkel, John Carpenter, Kevin Morby, Lita Ford, PJ Harvey, Royce 5’9, Same Beam and Jesca Hoop, Sturgill Simpson, Surgical Meth Machine, The Coathangers, The Fall Of Troy, Xiu Xiu