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Review and video: Eight unmissable music releases this October

18:04 01 October 2014

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Music fanatic Alex Flood looks at the biggest new music releases coming up in October.

• Jessie Ware - Tough Love – 6 October

Following up her debut smash hit is not going to be easy for London singer-songwriter Jessie Ware. 2012s Devotion combined modern electronica, R&B and soul to create one of the freshest new sounds in pop, and soared to the business end of the charts for some time. Hailed as “the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade” by Clash magazine, Ware will release her sophomore effort – entitled Tough Love – this October. It has been confirmed that Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu, Julio Bashmore and Ed Sheeran all appear on the record. The eponymous single from the album is already Ware’s highest charting track ever in the UK (34). A strong signal of what is to come.

• Caribou – Our Love – 6 October

Canadian recording artist, Daniel Snaith, has released music under various monikers throughout his 14 year career – Manitoba, Daphni to name a few – but none as critically acclaimed as shoe gaze–folktronica act, Caribou. “Our Love” is the only single to be released from Caribou’s forthcoming album of the same name. It is a near-six minute lattice of thought-provoking percussion and euphoric synths similar to, but not mimicking, 2010s critically acclaimed Swim. Set for a 6 October release on City Slang records, this could finally be the year when Snaith is relieved of his perennial ‘under-the-radar’ status.

• Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! – 6 October

Encouraged by the solo success of bassist and frequent collaborator, Thundercat – Thundercat’s 2013 album, Apocalypse, rejuvenated the stagnating musician’s career in a big way – Steven Ellison, A.K.A Flying Lotus, releases fifth studio album, You’re Dead!, on 6 October. Having released an LP every two years since 2006, Ellison is in somewhat of a purple patch in his career with his past two records – 2010s Cosmogramma and 2012s Until the Quiet Comes – garnering almost universal acclaim for an eclectic brand of laid-back electro-funk. Early singles from the forthcoming album, “Coronus the Terminator” and “Never Catch Me” (feat. Kendrick Lemar), definitely have a more R&B/ hip hop flavour to them. Could Flying Lotus, entering the ninth year of their story, have headed in a slightly different direction than expected?

• Johnny Marr – Playland – 6 October

One of Manchester’s most adored sons, Johnny Marr is set to release only the second album of his career under simply his own name. A former member of the Smiths – named by NME in a 2002 poll as the “most influential artist ever” – Marr is among the finest musicians Britain has ever produced. Therefore, amid this impressive backdrop of consistent exceptionality, 2012s only modestly successful, The Messenger, was somewhat of a step backward for the northern guitar-smith. Its followup, Playland, seems to be more of the same indie-rock that has characterised Marr’s career, but hopefully it will hold a little more ingenuity this time around.

• Foxygen - …And Star Power – 13 October

Jonathan Rado and Sam France were discovered in 2011 by celebrated producer Richard Swift – The Shins, The Black Keys etc. – while performing mostly wildly experimental music inspired mainly by sixties’ avant-garde groups like the Velvet Underground. Since, they have refined their craft, and latest work We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, although rather optimistically titled, was extremely well-received. Up next for the California rockers is third record, ..And Star Power. Due for a 13 October release on Jagjaguwar Records, the duo will be hard-pressed to continue their mercurial rise without finding that extra little bit of magic they’ve heretofore been lacking.

• Thurston Moore – The Best Day – 21 October

American alt.-rock legend, Thurston Moore, releases his fourth solo album of crashing guitars juxtaposed with elegantly constructed string-ballads next month. Entitled The Best Day – a possible Bowie reference – Moore continues his remarkably intense work ethic – he released an impressive eleven albums in 2013 – with his first record of 2014. Described by his own press office as “radiating with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads”, The Best Day seems to have the same hallmarks as the rest of his classic discography with renowned nineties band, Sonic Youth. This is a good sign.

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