October’s been swell. To wit: Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’ burst through autumn’s mists and mellow fruitfulness like a giant squid in fancy dress: bombastic, dubstep-infused and ridiculously over the top. It was closely followed by Flying Lotus with ‘Until The Quiet Comes’ a proggy, jazzy masterpiece that makes Skrillex look like Cliff Richard. A good start, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Then we had Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’, the Australian psych-warriors’ ode to solitary life. The ridiculously prolific Ty Segall released ‘Twins’, described as “an album that makes complete sense in the context of now” by our reviewer. Another busy one was Neil Young; his second album of 2012, ‘Psychedelic Pill’, was a nostalgic treat. Daphni’s ‘Jiaolong’ Trash Talk’s ‘119’ and Metz’s eponymous release on Sub Pop were more than righteous.
And then we had the crowning of Jake Bugg, whose debut shot to number one on the charts. “If this debut album – rife with uncommon wit, insight and melody – is testament to anything, it’s that his small, unremarkable world is about to get a whole lot bigger,” said our reviewer Barry Nicolson.
Bat For Lashes ditched the baubles and dream catchers at her nearest Oxfam and emerged sleeker and more mature with her highly anticipated third album ‘The Haunted Man’. The Montreal troubadour Mac DeMarco released his charming ‘2’ at a similar time justifying Grimes’ endorsement.
One of the most creative, impressive and plain addictive hip-hop releases for a long, long time was Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up to ‘Section.80’. ‘Good kid, m.A.A.d city’ is surely a late entry for album of the year top slots. Melody’s Echo Chamber, the debut from Kevin Parker’s girlfriend, was a total delight, as was Rolo Tomassi’s Astraea.
The less said about Calvin Harris, Aerosmith, Madness and Smoke & Jackal the better.
Here’s a Spotify playlist of songs that we’ve loved. Let me know what you’ve been addicted to this month. Some tracks that we’re keen on aren’t on Spotify so check them out on the YouTubes above (The Weeknd’s ‘Enemy’, Christopher Owens’ ‘Here We Go’ and The Black Keys And RZA’s ‘Baddest Man Alive’).