October was a great month for new music. With debut records from Liam Gallagher and Niall Horan and follow-ups from the likes of Wolf Alice, we look back on this month with our favourite five records of the month.
Liam Gallagher – As You Were
The name on everyone’s lips in the music world: Liam Gallagher. Every music tabloid is talking about him and we’re no different! His first solo offering is a generous serving of beefy rock tunes with the anthemic For What It’s Worth and the country-rock number Wall of Glass being the main standouts on what is a hit-packed record. Other highlights include the rampant Greedy Soul and the heartful When I’m In Need. A must listen.
Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
The long-awaited follow-up to their debut My Love Is Cool is a genre-blending fuel fest which is turned up to the max on tracks like the utterly euphoric Yuk Foo and the enthralling Sky Musings. Not to forget the atmospheric Don’t Delete The Kisses which is arguably one of the best tracks released this year, if not the past decade. Wolf Alice have certainly cemented their place as the UK’s best band with Visions Of A Life.
King Krule – The Ooz
A relative unknown to many, King Krule has a very large underground following and it’s no surprise after listening to his second studio record The Ooz. The overwhelming highlight on this one is the trippy Dem Surfer and the dark Biscuit Town. King Krule is known for his dark punk-jazz-hip hop sound, and his crispy voice is something which needs to be heard. It really suits his style, and The Ooz is definitely his best work yet.
Beck – Colors
With what seems like his hundredth studio record, Beck is back with Colors, a poptastic treat with some great tracks to groove to. His previous work has been absolutely astounding and this record is no different, with the brilliant Seventh Heaven and the dance number Up All Night showing again that Beck is one of the best in the business.
Niall Horan – Flicker
You’re probably thinking, how is a guy from One Direction in this, but this is a welcome surprise from Niall Horan. In the same vein as fellow compatriot Harry Styles, Horan’s new music is a world away from the cheese-pop from 1D and has got stuck into making pop-rock tracks like the epic On The Loose and the country-pop of Slow Hands and Too Much To Ask. A great debut from Niall Horan, and someone to look out for as his solo career goes on.