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New Music Friday: 8 albums to stream this week

Ziùr drops a new album, Lucinda Chua releases a spellbinding EP, and Chippy Nonstop and DJ Genderfluid’s joint release takes you straight to the club

On Antifate, Berlin experimental producer Ziùr crafts a magical realm of sonic abundance, closeness, and connection. The record is inspired by the medieval world of Cockaigne, a fictional utopia where wine flows freely and the streets are paved with pastry. Ziùr uses this imagery, originally meant as a critique of the ascetic tendencies of medieval Europe, and transposes it to our current state of social abstinence. Opening track “Alive, Unless” is emblematic of this; it lurches into a forward momentum, pushing abstracted pop forms into a dreamy haze of digital euphoria and extracting skewered soundscapes from defiant rhythms. Similarly, title track “Antifate” leads with a wall of distorted vocals, before lunging into a vivid vignette of shimmering beats. At a time when distance is mandatory, Ziùr delivers a much-needed slice of intimacy.

Elsewhere, Jimi Jules heads to outer space on his new record, Lucinda Chua releases a spellbinding EP, and Chippy Nonstop and DJ Genderfluid’s joint album takes you straight to the club.

CHIPPY NONSTOP, CHIPPY NONSTOP AND DJ GENDERFLUID

DELARA, TIMEPIECE

JIMI JULES, HAM THE MONKEY EP

KASAI, NOT THAT NORMAL PT 1

LUCINDA CHUA, ANTIDOTES 2

MEMO BOY, SELECTIONS FROM THE BILLY HOLE, PART 1

MYCHELLE, CLOSURE

ZIÚR, ANTIFATE