Essential Listening: The best new music releases in October 2023 (w. 3)

The best new music from October 2023 in house, indie, techno, drum and bass, hip-hop, jungle, and more.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 16th Oct 2023

Hello, music lovers! We’re back with more of the best new music releases in October 2023 for you to feast your ears on. 

This week, we’ve got new music from Erick the Architect, Holly Humberstone, The Streets, Emily Nash with Kara and Charlotte Haining, Skantia, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Geese, Bdrmm, Klubbheads, Bombay Bicycle Club, Idris Elba, Freddie Gibbs and Lord Apex, and more.

Check out what’s new, follow the playlists, and secure tickets to see these artists below.


Essential Listening: House and Techno


Can't Play Myself (A Tribute To Amy) - Skepta 

Once the poster boy for grime, Skepta has switched lanes recently, starting his Más Tiempo record label with Jammer and going on to release house tracks including this new track, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse which uses samples of her iconic song Tears Dry On Their Own.

While it may seem a bit strange for Skepta to suddenly go from rapping to producing house bangers, grime was originally a darker version of UKG. After performing at Circoloco in Ibiza in August 2022, the two received lots of praise from huge DJs on the scene. Since they’ve always produced music, and have been DJing since they were kids, it only felt natural to start the label and begin churning out club bangers. 

A belter with a deep driving bassline, this’ll go off on the dancefloor, no doubt. 


Get tickets to see Skepta live here:


Tickets for CircoLoco (w. Skepta & more) | Saturday 25th November 2023 | Depot (Mayfield) in Manchester

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Essential Listening: Indie and Alternative


The Year Of The Rabbit - Yin Yin

It’s not every day you come across a band like Yin Yin. The electronic band from The Netherlands has released two albums so far - the Thai psych-rock influenced The Rabbit that Hunts Tigers and the spiritual The Age of Aquarius.

The Year Of The Rabbit is the band's newest track taken from their upcoming Mount Matsu album, due to be with us in January next year. The track sees the band explore traditional Japanese musical motifs with a psychedelic twist using old synths and a whole lot of reverb on the electric guitars. 

Effortlessly cool and intriguing, we’re eagerly awaiting the album from these guys. 


Get tickets to see Yin Yin live here:


Tickets for Yin Yin | Thursday 15th February 2024 | The White Hotel in Salford

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Essential Listening: Drum & Bass and Jungle


Dance Haffi Nice - Mr Williamz ft. Shy FX, Ms. Dynamite

Legendary reggae/dancehall artist Mr. Williamz dropped this banger last week, but it was the features from both Shy FX and Ms. Dynamite that brought this one to life. 

A true talent at putting his sound on a track without overpowering it, Shy FX has proven once again that he possesses the Midas touch in the studio. The energy of Shy’s sound seamlessly blends with Williamz’s vocals without overpowering those guitar chicks. 

On the track, Mr Williamz said the song, “draws on inspiration from foundational reggae/dancehall sounds, blending with UK vibes to create something which sounds timeless. As soon as Shy hit me with the idea it all sounded very natural and we recorded the vocals straightaway and Ms. Dynamite added that final touch and we created a great vibe in the studio.”

While Shy said, “This one isn’t just a track but bottled joy, and we can’t wait for listeners to uncork it!” And we have to totally agree. Sunny and an absolute banger, we think this one really will prove to be timeless. 


Get tickets to see Shy FX live here:


Tickets for Cirque Du Soul: Newcastle // Opening Party //Shy Fx & Stamina MC | Friday 17th November 2023 | NX in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Tickets for Worried About Henry presents Shy FX | Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th November 2023 | Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool

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Essential Listening: Hip-Hop and Jazz


Four OH! - Verb T ft. Doc Brown, Romesh Ranganathan

Verb T released his playful, refreshing and super honest track Four Oh! in August. Full of funny references to getting older (“stole the hair from my head then stuck it to my back”), none of us could predict comedians Doc Brown and Romesh Ranganathan would hop on the track’s remix, but we’re bloody glad they did. 

With references to Romesh’s haemorrhoid cream, Verb sounding daft for using slang, and how Doc can still kick the sh*t out of you but will pull his hamstring among so many other ridiculous one-liners, we’ve been gifted a track that can bring a little light into any bad day. 


Get tickets to see Verb T live here:


Tickets for Verb T | Friday 17th November 2023 | 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.



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