Released a year and a half after the catharsis of thank u, next, Ariana Grande is back with her horniest record to date. Positions, the singer’s sixth studio album, is a rose-tinted frolic into Ariana’s mind, complete with her trademark melismas, whistle tones, and erotic descriptions of a quarantine that seems to have been spent primarily fucking her realtor boyfriend. The songs feel freer, and more carefree, compared to Grande’s previous works, bolstered by slow, liquid beats and mellow melodies. There’s even a reference to the pop star’s famous fake ponytail – though blink and you’ll miss it.
Elsewhere, Autechre surprises fans with a nine-track LP, PLUS, which comes just 12 days after SIGN. Also this week, Charli XCX collaborator Jim-E Stack stuns with Ephemera, while Wizkid releases his highly-anticipated Made in Lagos, featuring contributions from Burna Boy, Skepta, Ella Mai, H.E.R., and more.