THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
Four Tet Two Thousand and Seventeen
Kieran Hebden returns with this luminescent head-nodder, in which twinkling dulcimer hovers above lolloping sub-bass. Here’s hoping it signals an imminent follow-up to 2015’s Morning/Evening LP. Out: now, on Text.
The horrors Machine
When The Horrors first emerged as cartoonish goth rockers a decade ago, few would have wagered they’d end up here. Taken from their fifth LP, Machine is clattering electro-rock with echoes of Depeche Mode in their imperial, Violator-era, phase. Out: now, on Caroline International.
Tricky when we die
Crepuscular highlight from the Bristolian’s forthcoming 13th studio album sees him reunited with Martina TopleyBird. Her quivering vocals providing a spinetingling focal point as the trip-hop veteran croaks and creeps around in the shadows. Out: now, on False Idols.
Mark Lanegan Band NOCTURNE (adrian sherwood REMIX)
The brooding, electroblues of the Gargoyle album original are put through the sonicmangler, with soaraway guitars elevating Lanegan’s grizzled vocal as it pops out the other (bottom) end. Out: 29 September, on Heavenly Recordings.
wrongToM MEETS The ragga Twins JUST a DUB
And if that’s not enough dub for you, Londoner Wrongtom strips back his and The Ragga Twins’ ’ 80s- dancehall-saluting The Vibes tune into a bouncy, sound-systemfriendly killer. Out: 18 August, on Tru Thoughts.
dizzee rascal wot u gonna do?
From his new LP, Raskit, here Dizzee delivers some sage advice to younger rappers about life out of the limelight, when the radio won’t play your records and you “gotta work weekend shifts at McDs.” Out: now, on Dirtee Stank/Island.
Mura Masa FT. damon albarn blu
Producer Alex Crossan has snared an impressive roll call of guests for his debut LP, including A$AP Rocky, Jamie Lidell and Charli XCX. But it’s the gloopy, dub-pop that Damon Albarn sings on at the end which is the real highpoint. Out: now, on Anchor Point.
ST. VINCENT new york
The first track to be released from Annie Clark’s forthcoming fifth solo album, New York is a stripped-down ballad that puts her captivating melodies front and centre. Is it about Bowie? An ex-lover? Neither? It doesn’t matter: this is excellent. Out: now, on Loma Vista Recordings.
The Killers Rut
The Man showed The Killers have got their swagger back and this re-establishes their way with an earworming pop hook. A synth power-ballad that erupts into a U2-style anthem, it’s them at their most bombastic. Out: 22 September, on Island.
TYLER, The CREATOR i ain’T got time!
While his early solo output sounded like hiphop made by the sinister dwarf in Don’t Look Now, the Odd Future leader has sanded down the sonic edges on his new LP. This highlight resembles Missy Elliott remixing the Knight Rider theme song. Out: now, on Columbia.