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 June Songs of the Month playlist.
Christine and the Queens | Because Music
Inspired by "the glorious dramaturgy" of the play Angels in America, PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE is the fourth album by French singer Christine and the Queens. Héloïse called the album "the second part of an operatic gesture" after Redcar les adorables étoiles (prologue). Héloïse makes sense of grief and the deeper you get, the hazier and more dreamlike it becomes. Guest spots from Madonna make all it the more strange. It’s a far cry from his early work, but despite that, this 20-song epic is beautiful and wonderfully crafted.
Queens of the Stone Age | Matador
Embodying a wide variety of sounds and a slightly darker melody, American rockers Queens of the Stone Age return, after a six year hiatus, for In Times New Roman. Life events had an influence on the recording of the bands eighth studio album, with frontman Josh Homme confronting his recent turmoil. The latest record is full of raw, violent riffing, filled with genuine emotion. One of the best rock albums of 2023. It’s a real racket and that’s a good thing!
This Is The Kit | Rough Trade
Paris-based musician Kate Stables (alongside her group), under their alias This Is The Kit, release their sixth studio album. Talking about the general feeling of the album, Stables said its “The passing of time and what that does to us, and how we live our lives going forward.” Through banjo, bass and some beautiful instrumental performances, every song is overflowing with ideas. Entrancing, thoughtful and complimentary, with imaginative lyrics, Careful Of Your Keepers is a sound that is both rare and still so familiar.
Speakers Corner Quartet | OTIH Records
With flute, drums, percussion, violin and bass and a heavy hip-hop influence, South London collective Speakers Corner Quartet release their long-awaited debut album Further Out Than The Edge. With their complex orchestral instrumentation and poignant jazz melodies, this vibrant debut is compelling. As the project gathered force, collaborators such as Sampha and Tirzah were keen to get on board and you can see why. 15 years in the making, their unique sound is firmly embedded in the capitals musical scene.
Tigercub | Loosegroove Records
British rock band Tigercub release their third studio album The Perfume Of Decay. On an album about counterpoint and opposites, the rock ‘n’ roll trio from Brighton are dynamic and dominant. Versatile and charismatic lead Jamie Hall described their new album like “sweet-and-salty popcorn”. Tigercub move effortlessly through the subgenres of rock and with public endorsements from Pearl Jam, its clear that they are certainly one of, if not the most interesting band on the alt-rock scene.
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