Music / October 20, 2023

New Albums: Sampha, Barry Can’t Swim, Shay Lia & more

Sampha by Jesse Crankson
Music / October 20, 2023

New Albums: Sampha, Barry Can’t Swim, Shay Lia & 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.

Sampha – Lahai

2017 was the last time Sampha dropped a full length project. Process won the Mercury Prize and since then, he’s collaborated with just about every heavy hitter in hip hop and RnB. His new record LAHAI takes from his paternal grandfather’s name, which is also Sampha’s middle name. The 14 track album features contributions from Yaeji, Léa Sen, Sheila Maurice Grey (Kokoroko), Ibeyi, Morgan Simpson (Black Midi), Yussef Dayes, Laura Groves and Kwake Bass and more.  

Barry Can’t Swim – When Will We Land?

Scottish producer and DJ Barry Can’t Swim comes through with his debut album When Will We Land?. The record features a spoken word piece from Irish spoken word poet somedeadbeat and comes after a killer performance at All Together Now in the summer.

Meechy Darko – Doses

Flatbush Zombies rapper Meechy Darko drops Doses, just over 12 months after he shared his debut solo record Gothic Luxury. Tap in for Meech’s trademark grizzly penmanship.

Bombay Bicycle Club – My Big Day

It’s no secret that Bombay Bicycle Club have eclectic taste, but their new album brings that to new levels. Featuring Nilüfer Yanya, Damon Albarn, Chaka Khan, it’s a mouth watering prospect that duely delivers.

Shay Lia – FACETS 

Featuring Shay Lia’s trademark infectious vocals and guest contributions from the likes of Buddy, Kaytranada and Majid Jordan, the Canadian singer is throwing her hat in the ring for FACETS to be one of our favourite records of the year so far.


J Smith shares his latest project BABY FARM EP, which details his life on a shared plot of land raising four young children with his wife and two friends. The beautiful five track EP lands ahead of a performance in The Cobblestone tonight (October 20).

Elsewhere on District: 7 of Our Favourite Things In Ireland This Past Month.