As August ends and September begins my mind inevitably begins to wonder how the tracks, EPs, and albums already released this year will stack up in December’s retrospective lists. August definitely gave a good account of itself in all three categories. However, it’s the best tracks of the month which perhaps shone brightest of all, and the playlist that showcases them below is certainly one of the most lively of the year.
Any track that was released as a single or as part of an album, EP, or any other kind of musical project in August was eligible for inclusion for this month’s playlist (which is why you might see some tracks that first emerged in previous months).
WARNING: All tracks and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.
To skip straight to August’s Honourable Mentions please click here
Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.
Salvatore Ganacci – Fight Dirty (Dance)
Wednesday – Handsome Man (Rock)
Tinashe (feat. Buddy) – Pasadena (R&B/Pop)
Swindle (feat. Knucks, Ghetts, Akala & Kojey Radical) – BLOW YA TRUMPET (Rap/Grime)
Halsey – Girl Is a Gun (Pop/Electronic)
El Michels Affair meets Liam Bailey – Angel Face (Reggae)
The Weeknd – Take My Breath (Extended Version) (Pop/R&B)
Big Red Machine (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell) – Phoenix (Singer-Songwriter/Rock)
Red Velvet – Pose (K-Pop)
Turnstile – BLACKOUT (Punk/Rock)
Anz (feat. George Riley) – You Could Be (Electronic/Pop)
YUNGMORPHEUS (feat. Eyedress & Pink Siifu) – Georgette’s Tea Room (Rap)
Lizzo & Cardi B – Rumors (Rap/Pop)
Indigo De Souza – Kill Me (Indie Rock)
Nite Jewel – Before I Go (Electronic)
Mr Jukes & Barney Artist (feat. Kofi Stone) – Check the Pulse (Hip-Hop)
Kacey Musgraves – justified (Country/Pop)
The Joy Formidable – Back to Nothing (Rock)
Gorgon City & Jem Cooke – Dreams (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) (Dance)
Headie One – 2 Chains (Rap/Drill)
Lang Lee – The Generation of Tribulation (Choir Version) (Indie Folk/Singer-Songwriter)
Griff – One Night (Pop)
Liars – Sekwar (Rock/Electronic)
Sigirid – Burning Bridges (Pop)
Tanya Morgan – No Tricks (Hip-Hop)
BROTHER SUN SISTER MOON – Numb (Kareem Ali Remix) (Dance/Electronic)
Boldy James & The Alchemist – Turpentine (Rap)
Laura Stevenson – Don’t Think About Me (Indie Rock/Singer-Songwriter)
Ngaiire – Shiver (Pop)
The Killers – In The Car Outside (Rock)
KAM-BU – Black on Black (Rap)
TSHA – Power (Dance/Electronic)
Ayra Starr – Bridgertn (R&B)
Quicksand – Missile Command (Rock)
Remi Wolf – Grumpy Old Man (Pop)
KA – Everybody Up (Rap)
Deafheaven – Great Mass of Color (Shoegaze/Rock)
Purity Ring – Soshy (Pop/Electronic)
Camila Moreno – Quememos el Reino (Rock/Pop)
Kim Petras – Future Starts Now (Pop/Dance)
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Further Listening – 2021 Tracks
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