Everyone’s been on holiday in August. Depending on which end of the music industry spectrum you occupy that means you’ve either been on board a yacht moored near uncle Clive’s Ibizan beach house or you got pissed on in a tent somewhere near Cornwall but not Cornwall because Cornwall’s too expensive. Either way, we’re all pretty much back now – even the snotty school kids cluttering up the bus with their chips and gym bags.
August, then, is usually dead for albums, but this year it’s actually not been too bad. In fact, we’d go so far as to describe it as “good”. Here were our favourites from the past four weeks.
Artist: Hype Williams
Title: Rainbow Edition
Label: Big Dada
What is it? Well, it’s a new album from Hype Williams, but the new people who aren’t the original Hype Williams who are now Hype Williams sound like them. Got it? Good.
L&Q says: “The mystery of the music dovetails with the puzzle of Hype Williams as perfectly as it ever has – 20 weird ideas of hypnagogic pop.”
Read Stuart Stubbs’ full review
What is it? Liars – yes Liars – have made an album with acoustic guitars all over it. But…
L&Q says: “If any of you Turin Brakes fans out there are starting to salivate, look away now. ‘TFCF’ feels like a greatest hits of all the sounds Liars have been honing since the back-end of the ’90s.”
Read David Zammitt’s full review