Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like this, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including J. Cole’s new album and Neil Gaiman’s latest — after the jump!
J. Cole, Born Sinner: If you like early Drake or Kendrick Lamar then you will love the sophomore effort from Jay-Z’s most recent protégé. The standout track is the single “Power Trip” featuring everyone’s favorite karate chopper Miguel on the hook.
Kelly Rowland, Talk A Good Game: If you like Destiny’s Child (duh), Mary J. Blige or any of Ciara’s new tracks (“Body Party,” anyone?), then Kelly’s latest album is perfect for you! All of the singles off this have been great so far, but the nicest surprise is the mini Destiny’s Child reunion track “You Changed” (featuring Beyonce and Michelle Williams).
Kanye West, Yeezus: If you’re into Daft Punk, Odd Future, or perhaps late 90s techno of The Prodigy’s ilk, then Kanye’s latest will be right up your alley. This is surely a divisive record, but the powerful “Strange Fruit” sample on Blood on the Leaves, and the killer Charlie Wilson hook on “Bound 2″ make this an instant classic.
Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: If you’ve read Aimee Bender’s slim, beautiful The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, or enjoyed Karen Russell’s debut St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, then Neil Gaiman’s new novel is perfect.
Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Questlove: If you liked Baratunde Thurston’s How to be Black, or Toure’s Never Drink the Kool-Aid, then this memoir from legendary Roots crew drummer is precisely what you should read next.
In The House Upon The Dirt Bewteen the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell: If you like the foreboding dreamscape of Haruki Murakami’s opus 1Q84, then you will enjoy this mythical, strange exploration of family and relationships.