Essential Listening: The best new music releases in October 2023 (w. 4)

Keep up with the best new music releases in October 2023 with our playlists for jazzy hip-hop, house and techno, DnB and jungle, and indie and alternative.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 24th Oct 2023

Hello, hello, we’re back with another Essential Listening! If you’re new around here, this is the place to find the best new music releases in October 2023. 

With four playlists dedicated to house and techno, indie and alternative, DnB and jungle, and jazzy hip-hop, you’re certain to stay clued up on the best new music of October 2023 and every month after. 

This week, we’ve got new tunes from IDLES ft LCD Soundsystem, Beth, Bklava, beabadoobee, Adam Beyer, Wu-Tang Clan, Venbee, Floating Points, Friction, Jockstrap, Pan-Pot, Teddy KillerzBombay Bicycle Club ft Damon Albarn, and loads more. 

Have a listen to what's new below, secure tickets to see the featured artists, and follow the playlists to ensure you're up to date with the best music from your favourite genres. 


Essential Listening: House and Techno


Power Of Thought - Charlotte de Witte

Techno powerhouse Charlotte de Witte returns with another dark and stripped-back minimal EP ahead of two huge shows in Manchester and London. 

Trippy, melty, and a little euphoric with those lush vocal scales towards the end of the track, Charlotte’s gone ahead and released another classic. 

The KNTXT label owner hailing from Belgium has been one of the hottest names on the circuit for years now. She brings her label to two huge venues very soon. You can secure tickets for those shows below. 


Get tickets to see Charlotte de Witte live here:


KNTXT at The Warehouse Project | Friday 24th November 2023 | Depot (Mayfield) in Manchester

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KNTXT London | Saturday 9th December 2023 | Drumsheds in London

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Essential Listening: Indie and Alternative


Let Go - NewDad

Irish indie band NewDad have been regularly featured in our indie playlist recently. And that’s for good reason: they just keep releasing banger after banger. 

Taken from the band’s debut album MADRA due to be released in January next year, Let Go possesses a somewhat haunting aura. Dripping in dread sonically and lyrically, the track couldn’t have arrived at a better time with Halloween just around the corner. 


Get tickets to see NewDad live here:


NewDad | Sunday 25th February 2024 | Band On The Wall in Manchester

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Essential Listening: Drum & Bass and Jungle


Reckoning - Sempra, DJ Hybrid

Is DJ Hybrid the busiest artist in DnB and jungle right now? We’d argue yes. Always performing at events and always dropping bangers, we’d also argue he’s one of the most underrated names in the game. 

Linking up with Sempra on this one, the two have crafted a belting track that’s also a bit of a contradiction. It goes off, there’s loads of energy, but it’s also somehow quite minimal. In a sea of DnB tracks, Reckoning effortlessly steps out with an apocalyptic vibe, interesting scales and instruments, and its unique energy. 

You’d go wild if it dropped at a rave, but you’d also listen to it at home while you’re chilling, if you know what we mean. 


Get tickets to see DJ Hybrid live here:


Beaver Works Halloween Rave (ft. DJ Hybrid) | Friday 27th October 2023 | Beaver Works in Leeds

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DJ Hybrid + IVY Wubs + Support at Williamson Tunnels w/ DNB LAB | Friday 17th November 2023 | Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool

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Jungle Cakes Christmas Party : London (ft. DJ Hybrid) | Friday 8th December 2023 | XOYO in London

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NYE Carnival: Rumble In The Jungle x Propyard (ft. DJ Hybrid) | Sunday 31st December 2023 (New Year's Eve) | Propyard in Bristol

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Essential Listening: Hip-Hop and Jazz


Tantor - Danny Brown

A new Danny Brown album is on the way, guys! If that means nothing to you, we recommend checking out some of Danny’s work (outside of Scaring The Hoes with JPEG).

Known for creating super eccentric experimental and alternative hip-hop with top-tier lyrics, Danny returns with his first solo album (not including Scaring The Hoes) since 2019 with Quaranta, due in November. The new album is said to be the “spiritual sequel” to his XXX album, which many fans consider his best work. 

Tantor is, as to be expected, chaotic with horns, primal drums, and his unmistakable voice and personality. The new album is sure to make a lot of fans very happy. 


Love jazzy hip-hop? You might like…


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

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DJ Yoda 50th Anniversary of HIP HOP AV Show | Saturday 11th November 2023 | The Yard in Manchester

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Love jazz? You might like…


GoGo Penguin - Everything Is Going To Be OK Tour 2024 | Saturday 11th May 2024| The Bradshaw Hall Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham

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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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