Our top picks of the latest albums to listen to every month, from pop to rap to rock. Our top choices this month will be a great addition to anyone’s record collection.
We have picked out our favourite songs from the albums below. Check out our July Songs of the Month playlist.
Gabriels | Parlophone UK
Following on from their critically acclaimed debut Angels & Queens Part 1, three-piece band Gabriels release Part 2. A truly exhilarating listen, producer Sounwave stated "we wanted to push the boundaries sonically that matched the intense and vulnerable feelings of each song." Frontman Jacob Lusk delivers each track with such intensity and beauty. Through thirteen majestic songs, Angels & Queens tells a compelling story. It’s clear that with charismatic vocalist Lusk at the helm, the band are destined for big things.
Local Natives | Loma Vista Recordings
American indie rock band Local Natives cut loose on their fifth studio album, Time Will Wait for No One. Working on the album during "one of the most emotional concerts" of their career, though there are heavy themes throughout, the band have a lot of fun on what could be their most complex record yet. With solid hooks and some hauntingly beautiful lyrics, the band seem to be embracing their future. Nearly fourteen years since their debut, Local Natives are at their absolute peak and seem to be tighter than ever.
Julie Byrne | Ghostly International
New York singer-songwriter Julie Byrne introduces her ambitious third studio album. The Greater Wings picks up right where Not Even Happiness left off, six years after its release. Following the loss of Byrne’s creative partner Eric Littman, each song is filled with emotion as Byrne opens her heart about her struggles. Through exquisite harp, strings, piano, shimmering modular synths and her finger-picked acoustic guitar, Byrne shines and shows that there is certainly hope beneath the sadness.
Nas | Mass Appeal
Returning with his masterful storytelling, Queensbridge's finest rapper Nas builds on his legacy with Magic 2, the sequel to his 2021 hit. Incredibly this is Nas’ sixteenth studio album and yet another album that has dropped without any promotion. Exclusively produced by Hit-Boy, his latest record is very well constructed and compact. With lyrics, flow and delivery all on point, this latest record represents one of the best rap runs of all time. He doesn’t look like slowing - nor should he.
PJ Harvey | Partisan Records
I Inside the Old Year Dying is the stunning tenth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey. Seven years since her last record, fans have been eagerly awaiting her latest release, and won’t be disappointed. The theme of the album is reconnecting to your past. Harvey said “I think the album is about searching, looking… and seeking meaning”. Exploring unsettling new sounds, its a real shift for Harvey and its clear her musical creativity is burning again.
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