It’s August, and we’re super-stoked for all the amazing music coming out this month. First up, it’s Dan Deacon’s ‘America’. A change from Deacon’s mainly electronic output, there’s strings, brass and winds on the album, as well as more sombre themes, including war and social movements. It’s out August 27.
Rita Ora – ‘Ora’. The debut album from Jay-Z’s protegée is set to drop on the 27 August. Whether it’ll focus on club bangers like ‘Hot Right Now’, or go R’n’B like ‘R.I.P’ is yet to be proven. The new Rihanna? We’ll have to wait and see.
Bloc Party – ‘Four’. The highly-anticipated (and self-explanatory) fourth album from Bloc Party has fans champing at the bit. And if singles ‘Octopus’ and ‘Day Four’ are anything to go by, then it’s been well worth the wait. Check it out 20 August.
Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’. Soulful sometimes SBTRKT-vocalist Jessie Ware prepares to drop her debut album. Expect softly glittering post-dubstep, mixed with classic slow jams. Released 20 July.
Cate Le Bon – ‘Cyrk II EP’. Formed from off-cuts from Le Bon’s previous album ‘Cyrk’, ‘Cyrk II’ has a darker, more psychedelic vibe than its predecessor. Check it out on 20 August.
Ariel Pink – ‘Mature Themes’. There’s been a two year gap since Ariel Pink’s last release- ‘Before Today’. The LA experimental musician nudged the direction of the album with a cover of cult artists Donnie and Joe Emerson’s ‘Baby’. Think woozy pop fever-dreams and you’re not far off. Out August 20.
Spector – ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’. It feels as if this year has belonged to Spector, as they lead the way on the festival circuit. Do they need the reality-check of the album’s title? Find out when it’s released on 13 August.
Yeasayer – ‘Fragrant World’. After an about turn between debut ‘All Hour Cymbals’ and follow-up ‘Odd Blood’, it feels as if all bets are off as to where third album ‘Fragrant World’ will turn up, but we guarantee it’ll be brilliant. Listen on 20 August.
The Darkness – ‘Hot Cakes’. At least the Darkness’ imagery has been consistent, if their output hasn’t been. The comeback record from Justin Hawkins and Co will tell whether their six year hiatus has been too long. Released 20 August.
Teengirl Fantasy – ‘Tracer’. The follow-up record from Amsterdam-based electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy (after 2010’s ‘7AM’), ‘Tracer’ is for fans of atmospheric dance, with nudges into house and techno. Released 20 August.
JJ Doom – ‘Key To The Kuffs’. With guest spots from Damon Albarn and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, you can be sure that hip hop group JJ Doom’s debut will be worth a listen. Release date 21 August.
The-Dream – ‘Love IV MMXII’. The man behind Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ and Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ releases his fourth solo album. Don’t miss out. It drops on 14 August.