I had big plans for the September’s bumper haul of incredible albums, including a gushing piece about the album of the month and potential new frontrunner for album of the year. Life, it would seem, had other plans. Please excuse the even greater brevity of this article than usual. I’m hoping, however, that these recommendations will help you find some new favourite albums and instant classics from yet another great month.
WARNING: All albums and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain bad language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, and/or political commentary that may offend or disturb some.
Album of the Month
1. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Rap, Age 101 Music)
The very skinny: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert should mark a significant turning point in the narrative that London rapper Little Simz is one of the most underrated rappers around. That description has become so prominent in discussions of her work that it almost feel suffocating in spite of the kind intentions. SIMBI demands more than qualified praise: it’s insufficient to label this work as the best UK rap album of the year so far. Truth be told, even best rap album of 2021 worldwide doesn’t truly do this record justice. As of early November, it is likely the best album of the year from any genre, and Little Simz ought to be considered one of the very best artists currently working in all music, full stop. If you have even a passing interest in rap music or great music in general you should be checking this record out ASAP.
Standout tracks: Introvert, I Love You, I Hate You
For fans of: Late Registration-era Kanye West, Dave, Noname
2. Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed (Country/Pop, Interscope Records/MCA Nashville)
Standout tracks: if this was a movie, justified
For fans of: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton
3. Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort to Me (Rock/Punk, Rough Trade Records)
Standout tracks: Security, Maggot
For fans of: The Runaways, Idles, Joan Jett, The Sex Pistols
4. Damu The Fudgemunk – Conversation Peace (Hip-Hop, Def Pressé)
Standout tracks: Power of the Mind, Upload Optimism
For fans of: A Tribe Called Quest
5. DJ Seinfeld – Mirrors (Dance/House, Ninja Tune)
Standout tracks: Walking With Ur Smile, Song For The Lonely
For fans of: Bicep, Todd Terje
6. SUMIN & slom – MINISERIES (R&B/Pop/Dance, EMA Recordings)
Standout tracks: WHAT DO YOU THINK, YOGIJOGI
For fans of: f(x), youra
7. Adia Victoria – A Southern Gothic (Blues, Atlantic)
Standout tracks: Magnolia Blues, Deep Water Blues
For fans of: Valerie June
8. Low – Hey What (Rock, Sub Pop)
Standout tracks: Disappearing, The Price You Pay (It Must Be Wearing Off)
For fans of: Grandaddy, Slowdive, Sigur Rós
9. 박혜진 Park Hye Jin – Before I Die (Dance/Electronic, Ninja Tune)
Standout tracks: Let’s Sing, Let’s Dance, Where Are You Think
For fans of: Ross From Friends, Yaeji, Kelly Lee Owens, DJ Seinfeld, Peggy Gou
10. Priya Ragu – damnshestamil (R&B, Warner Records UK)
Standout tracks: Good Love 2.0, Forgot About
For fans of: Tinashe, Nao
11. Solemn Brigham – South Sinner Street (Rap, Mello Music Group)
12. Injury Reserve – By the Time I Get to Phoenix (Rap/Experimental, Injury Reserve)
13. Onipa – Tapes of Utopia (Afrobeat/Funk, Boomerang Records)
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