Today’s new releases: Florence + The Machine, Slaves, Jamie xx and more

Plus new albums from Sun Kil Moon, Major Lazer, SOAK and Girlpool

Florence + The Machine, Jamie xx and Slaves lead this week’s new releases with their new albums.

Florence Welch’s third album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and 2011 follow-up ‘Ceremonials’. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

Florence + The Machine’s new song ‘Delilah’ aired online last week. Stream here. The album also includes the songs ‘Ship To Wreck’ and ‘What Kind Of Man’.

The ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Ship To Wreck’
‘What Kind Of Man’
‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’
‘Queen Of Peace’
‘Various Storms & Saints’
‘Long & Lost’
‘Third Eye’
‘St Jude’

Meanwhile, Slaves release debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ today. The duo’s debut features the singles ‘Cheer Up London’, ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Feed The Mantaray’.

Earlier this year, Slaves joined Fat White Family, The Wytches and headliners Palma Violets on the NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas. Check out the story of the tour below.

Finally, Jamie xx of The xx releases his debut lone effort ‘In Colour’. Featuring guest appearances from Four Tet, Young Thug, Popcaan and The xx’s own Oliver Sim and Roby, the LP features the singles ‘Loud Places’, ‘Sleep Sound’ and ‘Girl’.

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New York a cappella group The Persuasions recently retracted their initial allegation that Jamie xx failed to gain clearance on a sample that features on his new album track ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. The song features a sample of The Persuasions’ 1972 single ‘Good Times’. The band originally claimed that they were never approached by the producer to use the song on his record, but now member Jimmy Hayes has stated: “I was told about it but forgot.”

Having already announced select headline shows for May and early June, plus festival appearances throughout the summer, Jamie xx also recently confirmed that he’ll play a trio of gigs in October. These include London’s Brixton Academy on October 15, followed by gigs in Manchester and Glasgow. See all those dates in full below.

Jamie xx plays:

London St John at Hackney Church (June 5)
Manchester Parklife Festival (6)
Brighton Wild Life Festival (7)
Wales Green Man Festival (August 22)
Leeds Festival (28)
Reading Festival (30)
Isle of Wight Bestival (September 10)
London O2 Brixton Academy (October 15)
Manchester Albert Hall (16)
Glasgow Arches (17)

Today also sees the release of new records from Sun Kil Moon, Major Lazer, SOAK and Girlpool, while The Darkness return with new album ‘Last of Our Kind’.

This week’s new album and EP releases:

Algiers – ‘Algiers’
Communions – ‘Communions’ [EP]
The Darkness – ‘Last Of Our Kind’
Dawes – ‘All Your Favorite Bands’
Eternal Summers – ‘Gold and Stone’
Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’
Florence + The Machine – ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’
Girlpool – ‘Before The World Was Big’
Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’
Major Lazer – ‘Peace is the Mission’
Melody Gardot – ‘Currency Of Man’
Porcelain Raft – ‘Half Awake’ [EP]
Rolo Tomassi – ‘Grievances’
Slaves – ‘Are You Satisfied?’
SOAK – ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’
Sun Kil Moon – ‘Universal Themes’

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