Music / October 8, 2021

New Albums: James Blake, The Alchemist, shiv & more.

Photo Credit: Matilda Hill-Jenkins
Music / October 8, 2021

New Albums: James Blake, The Alchemist, shiv & more.

Words: Dylan Murphy

With the endless onslaught of new music every Friday it’s hard to keep up with all the new releases. We’ve curated the essential new albums and projects out today for you to check out.

James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart

Friends That Break Your Heart marks James Blake’s first full length album in over three years and follows the recently released Covers EP, which included his critically acclaimed cover of Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed‘. Features comes from SZA, JID, Monica Martin and more.


The thing that first caught our eye with BADBADNOTGOOD’s album roll out was the presence of Steves AKA Steve Stamp of People Just Do Nothing in the video for ‘Signal From The Noise’. The Canadian jazz outfit have now dropped the full album which features music royalty in Karriem Riggins and Terrace Martin.

shiv – The Love Interlude

Zimbabwean-Irish artist shiv is back with her sophomore EP following the excellent Me 2 Me that landed last year. Made of four tracks, each represents a season and a basis for the singer to explore modern romance.

ULY – vol.1 (cuan)

We’re always down for musicians going all in on their music and today Uly revealed that he recently quit his job and his latest release is both a ‘welcome back’ and the start of the rest of his career. Recorded and written while he was living out on Achill island during lockdown numero tres, the andfriends Records man is back in his bag.

The Alchemist – This Thing Of Ours 2

What more can be said about this man. One of the most prolific artists in the game right now, his B side of This Thing Of Ours, features underground rap royalty in Earl Sweatshirt, Zelooperz, the rest of bruiser brigade, MIKE and Mavi.

Paris Texas – Red Hand Akimbo

Paris Texas haven’t let up since they burst onto the scene last year, they’ve swiftly followed up their BOY ANONYMOUS project ahead of their supporting slot of Brockhampton’s tour. Stand out track come sin the form of the Kenny Beat-produced ‘BULLSEYE’.

Elsewhere on District: September: The 20 best rap tracks this month.