Is September too early to start buying Christmas presents? The last 30 days has provided us with enough bangers to stuff several festive stockings. After a slow start the month really took off, dropping some of the best releases of the year so far.

As you can probably tell we’re very excited for Jamie Lenman’s Devolver (out 27th October on Big Scary Monsters, be there or be square) and ‘Hardbeat’ is a total tune. This month’s cover star Moses Sumney is a revelation of atmospheric R&B, and Kagoule remain as delightfully gritty as ever on ‘Monsieur Automaton’. We’ll be keeping a close eye on LP2 as it develops.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor have only gone and bloody well cheered up for Luciferian Towers, sounding huge and happy after basically 20 years of fabulous dread, but the month really belongs to Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, who have somehow 1-upped their efforts on The Agent Intellect to deliver the smart, funny and utterly charming Relatives in Descent. Album of the year contender? You bet.


Cover Image – Moses Sumney – Aromanticism

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