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Essential Listening: The best new music releases in October 2023
Follow our Spotify playlists to stay up to date with the best new music releases in October 2023, covering indie, house, techno, DnB, jungle, hip-hop, and jazz.
Date published: 3rd Oct 2023
New month, new tunes!
Back with another Essential Listening, we’re here to help you discover the best new music of October 2023.
We’ve got new tracks from artists including Cleo Sol, Hybrid Minds and Charlotte Plank, Two Door Cinema Club, Mollie Collins, John Summit, Peggy Gou, Pig&Dan, The Silhouettes Project, Slow Pulp, Ewan McVicar, and Armand Hammer.
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Brisbane-based production duo, X CLUB., is all about experimenting and pushing the boundaries of dance music. Drawing inspiration from all areas of dance music, their newest project, the four-track HTJ001, explores that, leaving musical breadcrumbs for the listener to pick up on.
Fresh off a super energetic set at The Warehouse Project, Exertion (Transmission) encompasses their live shows: pure energy. The layers of percussion give this one an extra kick as echoed vocal chants slam on the accelerator.
Despite its techno roots, there’s some serious funk on this one, dipping into ambient rave before going full throttle once again.
Oh, you’ve got to love a gut-wrenching fuzzy guitar track, haven’t you? Taken from the Chicago-based band’s second album, MUD is haunting and melancholy until its abrasive chorus hits you slap bang in the feelings.
MUD's beauty is its raw power even in its simplicity. The soft, fragile vocals over those rough, distorted stabs are a match made in heaven. The lyrics come from the heart, it's hazy and tired - overall, a solid addition to your go-to playlist for when you’re sad.
Following their link up with Venbee on If Love Could Have Saved You, Hybrid Minds are back with another collab, this time with young singer-songwriter-producer Charlotte Plank.
Building from an almost ambient intro, the three build on the track by teasing some spiky reggae-influenced chords before that familiar picks up in the background. Launching into a glitchy chorus patterned with warm bass, frantic drums and the repeated hook, “When the lights go, find me when the lights go on”, they've penned an instant classic.
Knocked Down - The Silhouettes Project, Asher Kosher, Nix Northwest, Turt
If you haven’t heard of The Silhouettes Project before, it’s a new platform to showcase up-and-coming hip-hop, jazz, and soul artists from the UK. Created to support emerging grassroots artists and provide an alternative to the current music industry path, the project has an album coming out in February 2024 on its own not-for-profit label.
There are 15 total groups in the project, put together by the vibe of their music. And this one is clearly all about soulful, laid-back hip-hop. Clearly what they’re doing is working as one quick look at the album credits and there are a handful of recognisable names on there.
Follow our Essential Listening playlists featured above to discover the best new tracks released each week, as curated by the Skiddle team.
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