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.
Coolgirl – Failed Reboot
Coolgirl kept us hooked on her dark, steady and sometimes chuggy electronic reflections with the singles ‘Druid’s Hood’ and ‘High Altar’. Now, her first EP Failed Reboot has landed via Veta Records and it’s also available on tape format.
Rachael Lavelle – Big Dreams
Anyone who has seen Rachael Lavelle live knows she’s the real deal. An unforgettable voice and quiet but confident stage presence that commands considered listening. We’ve been waiting for a hot minute for her debut record and it’s finally here. Big Dreams tells a coming-of-age story that meanders through young adulthood and is narrated by the voice heard on Luas trams.
She’s out on tour across the UK and Ireland for the next while, you can cop tickets for shows in the likes of Dublin, Belfast, Galway and more here.
John Francis Flynn – Look Over the Wall, See the Sky
Irish folk frontrunner John Francis Flynn comes through with his sophomore album ahead of a huge tour next year, you can check the dates here.
PinkPantheress – Heaven knows
Here it is, the debut album from one of the most exciting acts coming out of the UK right now. ‘Boys a liar Pt. 2′ had us in a chokehold earlier this year, and if the features and singles so far are anything to go by, then it’s going to be the year of PinkPantheress.
Lord Apex – The Good Fight
London spitter Lord Apex has been steadily rising through the ranks and in the past couple of years has established himself as one of the best rappers in the UK. He’s made a statement of intent with his latest record inviting the legendary Madlib to produce the opening track, while Gary rapper Freddie Gibbs also makes an appearance. This is a trans Atlantic record pushing underground UK rap into new territories.
Rick Ross & Meek Mill – Too Good To Be True
Two heavyweights join forces on a record that features Future, French Montana and more. it really is the year of the collab album.
Larry June & Cardo – The Night Shift
Larry June has made 2023 his own. Following collaborations with The Alchemist, Knucks and more he’s come through with an album entirely produced by Cardo (the fifth time they’ve teamed up on a record) and this time he has features from ScHoolboy Q, Blxst and more. Don’t play with him.
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