We round up some of the best new albums and singles that have come out this month that we can’t stop listening to – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Artist – Phoebe Bridgers
Album – Punisher
Round Up – Bridgers’ second album, mellow acoustic guitar and heartfelt, softly spoken lyricism unites with beautiful bursts of classical, orchestral backing that creates a dynamic listen, full of new details and intricacies discovered with every play.
Top Track – I Know The End
Artist/Band – Sports Team
Album – Deep Down Happy
Round Up – An impressive debut album that explores both the minutiae and complexities of life in modern day Britain through commanding, infectiously energetic alt-rock, combined with lyrics that provide memorable statements of relatability in regard to the routines of everyday life.
Top Track – Camel Crew
Artist/Band – Haim
Album – Women in Music Pt. III
Round Up – Haim’s, ‘Women in Music Pt. III’, in all its breezy California-sunshine glory, sees the sister-trio explore topics such as relationships, depression and the music industry through a raw, honest style that feels like a true cementation of their unique, multidimensional sound.
Top Track – 3am
Artist – Jessie Ware
Album – What’s Your Pleasure?
Round Up – An album that just makes me want to go out and dance, Jessie combines smooth, soulful disco with catchy electro-pop, creating both an energetic and calming atmosphere simultaneously, a fab fourth album packed with sultry delight.
Top Track – What’s Your Pleasure?
Artist – Orlando Weeks
Album – A Quickening
Round Up – The Maccabees former frontman Orlando Weeks’ second album presents his hauntingly beautiful, instantly recognisable tone through a new lens, as he explores through changing layers of soothing instrumentation, from piano to orchestra to guitar, about how his life has changed since becoming a father.
Top Track – Safe In Sound
Artist – Beyoncé
Single – Black Parade
Round Up – Released on Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated in the USA to commemorate the official end of slavery, Beyoncé presents an a cappella anthem that embraces her African heritage and truly celebrates black culture, a powerful call for action and acceptance that, once again, places her as one of the greatest artists of out time.
Artist – Jorja Smith
Single – Rose Rouge
Round Up – A cover of St. Germain’s ‘Rose Rouge’, breezy, smooth jazz arrangements full of sax and piano unite with Jorja’s beautiful, rich vocals to create a chilled, soulful piece that is timeless in style.
Artist – Anderson .Paak
Single – Lockdown
Round Up – A funky yet immensely moving political exploration of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, Paak becomes a voice of the moment, referencing police brutality, racism and the importance of the global protests and movements for change happening during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Artist – Paul Woolford, Diplo, Kareen Lomax
Single – Looking for Me
Round Up – A brilliant dance anthem where megastar DJ Diplo and Leeds based DJ Paul Woolford join forces with Kareen Lomax, who initially reached out to share her music with Diplo via instagram, ‘Looking For Me’ showcases Lomax’s beautiful, unique sound in a soulful summer hit.
Artist – Love Fame Tragedy
Single – 5150
Round Up – Love Fame Tragedy is a solo project from The Wombats frontman, Matthew Murphy, his new song, ‘5150’, is named after a code used in California law to protect individuals who present a danger to themselves, a melancholic-electronic piece where Murphy’s confessional lyrics about escapism and reflection truly resonate.