re­quired lis­ten­ing

Three new re­leases worth putting on ro­ta­tion this month

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A favourite of Bey­oncé and Ken­drick La­mar’s go-to sax­o­phon­ist are be­hind this month’s hottest new mu­sic.

ASH BY IBEYI

Twin sis­ters Lisa-kaindé and Naomi Diaz of mu­si­cal duo Ibeyi only dropped their self-ti­tled de­but two-and-a-half years ago, but in the time since have caught the at­ten­tion of both Bey­oncé and Karl Lager­feld (which speaks to their uni­ver­sal ap­peal), first ap­pear­ing along­side Zen­daya and Amandla Sten­berg in the Lemon­ade vis­ual al­bum, be­fore per­form­ing at Chanel’s cruise 2017 show in their home city of Ha­vana. Of Frenchcuban de­scent and now split­ting their time be­tween Paris, Ha­vana and Lon­don, the pair’s fol­low-up al­bum Ash is full of the kind of so­cial aware­ness you’d ex­pect from such global cit­i­zens, ad­dress­ing is­sues such as race, fem­i­nism, iden­tity and youth with beau­ti­fully haunt­ing vo­cals. They sing in English and the West-african lan­guage of Yoruba on the record, weav­ing in tra­di­tional Peru­vian and Cuban in­stru­ments. Then there are the pow­er­ful sound bites sam­pled through­out, such as Michelle Obama’s dec­la­ra­tion that “the mea­sure of any so­ci­ety is how it treats its women and girls” from her epic speech last year, and quotes from Clau­dia Rank­ine’s po­etry book Cit­i­zen: An Amer­i­can

Lyric about en­grained racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion – all of which cre­ate a pro­found and timely record, in any lan­guage. Out Septem­ber 29

HAR­MONY OF DIF­FER­ENCE BY KAMASI WASH­ING­TON

If you’ve ever wit­nessed tenor sax­o­phon­ist Kamasi Wash­ing­ton and his band (which can in­clude up to 10 fel­low jazz mu­si­cians) do their thing live, you’ll know that it’s not just Wash­ing­ton’s tow­er­ing phys­i­cal pres­ence that gives him such clout – the en­ergy his mu­sic gives off is al­most over­whelm­ing. The Los An­ge­les-born artist cut his teeth play­ing along­side a di­verse ros­ter that in­cludes Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Lau­ryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, but is now bet­ter known for be­ing Ken­drick La­mar’s go-to sax­o­phon­ist, with his sound fea­tur­ing through­out the ac­claimed

To Pimp A But­ter­fly. If his de­but al­bum (which, at al­most three hours long, took its ti­tle The Epic quite lit­er­ally) is any­thing to go by, this new six-part EP will be one of the re­leases of the year. Out Septem­ber 29

MASSEDUCTION BY ST VIN­CENT

The fifth stu­dio al­bum from St Vin­cent (aka An­nie Clark) is full of the think­ing-woman’s elec­tro-pop that the Grammy win­ner has be­come known and loved for, at times veer­ing into melan­cholic soft rock as she riffs about love and heart­break. Whether it’s her shrewd ob­ser­va­tions about mod­ern woes (like a col­lec­tive de­pen­dence on pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion in “Pills”) or af­fairs of the heart (such as her ode to “the only moth­er­fucker in the city who can han­dle me” in “New York”), St Vin­cent doesn’t shy away from the full spec­trum of fe­male emo­tions, which re­sults in some se­ri­ously re­lat­able lis­ten­ing. Out Oc­to­ber 13

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