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 – Taylor Swift
Album – folklore
Round Up – A dramatic surprise release on July 24th, Taylor’s eighth album embodies a poignant move away from her usual style of catchy pop to an experimental take on the songwriting and sound of her earlier days; resulting in a more stripped-down, acoustic-folk vibe. Rich with intimate, heartfelt storytelling, ‘folklore’ unites delicate piano, acoustic guitar and Swift’s soft, peaceful vocals into one beautiful listen.
Top Track – the last great american dynasty
Artist – DMA’s
Album – The Glow
Round Up – The three-piece rock band from Sydney’s third album is euphoric, emotional, uplifting and overwhelming all rolled into one. Their recognisable Britpop sound has been elevated into a mixture of tracks bursting with energy and versatility, blending guitar with exciting electronica to forge a unique sound that I am itching to see live.
Top Track – Silver
Artist – Lianne La Havas
Album – Lianne La Havas
Round Up – With five years since La Havas’ last album release, her third, ‘Lianne La Havas’ has been hugely anticipated. A self titled album, this statement itself tells us this is Havas at her most honest, liberated and free. Delving into the issues of relationships coming to and end, identity and change, her rich vocals and use of gentle guitar create a cohesive, poetic listen full of raw emotion and soul.
Top Track – Paper Thin
Artist – The Streets
Album – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive
Round Up – ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’ is the first release from The Streets in almost a decade. Fronted by Mike Skinner, his hugely recognisable, realist, spoken word vocals unite with catchy garage and drum’n’base beats, embodying the unique genre they’re so loved and respected for. However, this album/mixtape marks a shift in sound, not only due to collaborative nature of the piece – with artists from Tame Impala to Idles featuring, but due to how Skinner’s storytelling has progressed with an air of nostalgia and maturity.
Top Track – Conspiracy Theory Freestyle (feat. Rob Harvey)
Artist – Juice WRLD
Album – Legends Never Die
Round Up – Following his death in December 2019, Juice WRLD’s posthumous record, ‘Legends Never Die’, is defined by a melancholy mix of emo-rap, hip hop and rock. Known and remembered for his impressive freestyles and deeply personal lyrics that explored his battles with anxiety, drugs and fame, ‘Legends Never Die’ truly celebrates Juice’s star quality and talent, tragically taken too soon.
Top Track – Righteous
Artist – Beabadoobee
Single – Care
Round Up – A hugely exciting rising star, London based Beabadoobee, who’s signed to The 1975’s ‘Dirty Hit’ record label, is championed and loved for her confessional, unique pop-rock sound. In ‘Care’, a soft, quiet start quickly builds into a catchy, grungy guitar anthem that explores through impactful repetition the issues we face when trying to communicate with others.
Artist – Love Regenerator, Steve Lacy
Single – Live Without Your Love
Round Up – Love Regenerator, a new alias that Calvin Harris is working under, sees him delve into the nostalgia of deep, underground dance and rave music. In ‘Live Without Your Love’ a heavy, stabbing beat unites with the smooth vocals of Steve Lacy, known for being part of The Internet, creating an experimental piece defined by powerful contrasts.
Artist – Christine and the Queens
Single – Eyes of a Child
Round Up – A beautiful, haunting track, ‘Eyes of a Child’ was recorded for the second season of the Amazon Prime Video series, ‘HANNA’. Héloïse Letissier’s affecting vocals stand powerfully alone, with soft interruptions of piano and occasional backing to creating an overly touching, emotional piece.
Artist – AJ Tracey & Mabel
Single – West Ten
Round Up – It is fair to say Tracey smashed it with is huge summer hit from last year, ‘Ladbroke Grove’. Similarly, ‘West Ten’ sees him return with another garage banger that is once again, an ode to his hometown in London. Joining forces with fellow West Londoner, Mabel, the track harmoniously combines Mabel’s soulful vocals, Tracey’s fast-paced verses and a catchy garage beat to create, yet again, another summer anthem.
Artist – Ty Dolla $ign feat. FKA Twigs, Skrillex, Kanye West
Single – Ego Death
Round Up – A pretty impressive collaboration, ‘Ego Death’ acts as almost a unique collection of individual songs, allowing each featuring artist to memorably shine as the song shifts from one part to another. A track that rapidly builds and flows with changing themes and sounds, the result is a moody, layered piece that kind of makes you want to dance (especially in FKA Twigs’ part) – a lot going on here to say the least – but it works!