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 November Songs of the Month playlist.
quannnic | deadAir
Quannnic, a shoegaze songwriter, and producer from Florida showcases his incredible versatility on his sophomore album. With influences from metal to folk, a year on from his debut album, kenopsia, Stepdream feels like a real turning point. With the aggression of nu-metal, crashing drums and hard-hitting grooves, this project is likely to surprise, with dreamy guitars and soft vocals for the perfect balance. With their brooding tone and style, they have a cult following, which isn’t at all surprising.
Chris Stapleton | RCA Studio A
American musician Chris Stapleton presents Higher, his fifth studio album. With alt-rock and blues influences, this cohesive record features delicate and soulful ballads. Although he has a clear identity, Stapleton is always evolving and adventourous, which is very apparent on Higher, packed full of soul and charm. This record really illustrates Stapleton's range, with his outstanding storytelling and signature vocals. He is a revered figure in modern country music, and you can see why.
In a short period of time, James Marriott has come a long way. Starting off as a YouTube content creator, Marriott’s transition to indie rock musician in such a short period of time is exceptional. When asked about the sound, Marriott said "I don't think there's a person that will listen to the album and go, 'there's not a single song here that I can enjoy.’” With influences from the likes of Biffy Clyro and the 1975, the Brighton-based singer shines on Are We There Yet?. It’s a debut to remember, and his fans will be excited to see what’s next.
Quantic | Play It Again Sam
British-born New York-based artist Will Holland, under the pseudonym Quantic, introduces Dancing While Falling. With a mix of American soul, Latin and Afro Caribbean flow, the multi-instrumentalist, DJ, composer and producer has provided his most live-sounding and euphoric album to date. Influenced by Bohannon and Larry Levan, Holland wonderfully infuses the different styles of sounds on this uplifting record, which is cleverly orchestrated, with catchy, impassioned and intriguing rhythms throughout.
Lol Tolhurst, Budgie & Jacknife Lee | Play It Again Sam
An art-rock project, Lol Tolhurst, Budgie, and Jacknife Lee present Los Angeles, their intoxicating and original collaborative studio album. With guest musicians, such as James Murphy, the Edge and Bobby Gillespie, this exciting record is filled with unsettling sounds, overlapping drums and scratching guitars. Budgie called Los Angeles "a place of recovery and redemption”, and along with Tolhurst and Lee, discuss institutional racism and cynicism, with Tolhurst describing the album as a process of "reclaiming our art”.
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