Essential Listening: The best new music releases in October 2023 (w. 2)

The best new music releases in October 2023 - house, techno, DnB, indie, hip-hop, and more.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 10th Oct 2023

Love discovering the best new music? You’re in the right place. 

Here to help you find the best new music releases in October 2023, we’ve got loads of tracks from indie, house, DnB, techno, hip-hop, and more. 

This week, we’ve got new tracks from Dom Dolla, Sufjan Stevens, Holly Humberstone, Monrroe, Armand Hammer, Julien Baker, Earl Sweatshirt, Jazzy, Vibe Chemistry, CLIPZ, English Teacher, and more.

Check out what’s new and follow the playlists linked below to keep on top of the best new music of October 2023. 


Essential Listening: House and Techno


Let’s Get Sexy - Honeyluv, NEZ 

Originally from Ohio, house DJ and producer, Honeyluv, linked up with NEZ on this new house banger. About the track, NEZ said, “I wanted to make a track that felt like something on a runway or make people feel good about themselves in the club.”  -

Bubbly, confident, and somewhat nonchalant, the track oozes personality. We’d say they nailed the vibe they were going for on this one as you could definitely see someone posing to this one. Either that or voguing. Keeping the track interesting, these house sections are sandwiched between sharper, darker, eerier dance sections to keep listeners on their toes.


Get tickets to see Honeyluv live here:


Más Tiempo Presents Skepta + Jammer (Honeyluv & more) | Saturday 16th December 2023 | Drumsheds in London

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Essential Listening: Indie and Alternative


Theia / The Silver Cord / Set - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

One of the strangest we-do-what-we-want bands probably ever, King Gizz, has announced a new album, sharing three tracks to give us a taste of what’s to come. 

The insanely prolific band seem to be following up their last album - an apocalyptic fantasy thrash metal LP - with their most electronic album yet, with one track even featuring a rapped verse. But of course, if there was any band in the world to change direction so suddenly, it’d be King Gizz. We aren’t even that surprised. But we are still excited. 

Sounding like alien music, it’s a mystery how this band continue to write so much quality music that explores so many genres and influences. 

Announced to headline Wide Awake Festival in London next year, god knows how many more albums they’ll have released by then. 


Get tickets to see King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard live here:


Wide Awake Festival | Saturday 25th May 2024 | Brockwell Park in London

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Essential Listening: Drum & Bass and Jungle


The Corner - Sigma ft. Joe Devlin

Borrowing the melody from Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega (you may remember that viral video of those lads singing it on TikTok), we’re sure this’ll have everyone singing along in the rave. The pop elements of the track are sure to help convert those new to the genre, especially now with so many DnB tracks in the charts. 

A little dark with some spacey elements in there, this one’s somewhat transcendental and hypnotising. Secure tickets to see them below, including student discount tickets!


Get tickets to see Sigma live here:


Sigma Up Close & Personal Tour | Friday 13th October 2023 | Joshua Brooks in Manchester

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SIGMA Up Close And Personal Tour x CODEC | Saturday 14th October 2023 | SWX in Bristol

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Essential Listening: Hip-Hop and Jazz


Risky (Remix) - KingTrey, Mick Jenkins, Mark Battles, Blvck Svm

Fusing multiple styles with so many incredible talents on the track, Risky dips into jazz in the instrumental, R&B in the chorus (looking at you, backing vocals), and hip-hop seamlessly. Taken from KingTrey’s SOUTHEND LEGEND album, released in late July this year, the remix offers a verse from Mark Battles.

Laidback and visceral, this is one to listen to while deep in thought. 

With recent releases from most artists featured on the track, it’s a nice reminder of all the new music we have to sink our teeth into, especially Jenkins’ stunning new jazz rap project, The Patience


Love hip-hop? You might like…


Jehst | Sunday 19th November 2023 | Golden Lion Todmorden in Todmorden

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Jeru The Damaja | Friday 12th January 2024 | The Blues Kitchen in Manchester

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Follow our Essential Listening playlists featured above to discover the best new tracks released each week, as curated by the Skiddle team.



Check out our What's On Guide to discover more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.








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