Big day ahead! Here’s your starter for ten.
SAULT - 9
Album number 5 since their debut album, er, 5, in 2019. Only available for 99 days. The gimmick sounds rubbish but past form is enough to be very excited about this album.
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
Odd Future rapper’s follow up to 2019’s excellent Igor.
Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket
It’s 17 years since they managed to release an album that was even half good, but these were my favourite band at one time so still going to check this out.
Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant
Melbourne-based jazzy neo-soul group, heard a few of the tracks off this already and it sounds great.
Mabe Fratti - Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos
New record of ambient, textural soundscapes from the Guatemalan cellist who was a big hit in Music League when @collectiverumbling played a track of hers in the ‘rest of the world’ round.
Cautious Clay - Deadpan Love
Sophisticated R&B with elements of gospel and jazz and a superb voice.
John Carroll Kirby - Septet
First band-leading record for the acclaimed keyboardist to the stars (Frank Ocean, Solange). Being pitched as one “for fans of Herbie Hancock, Floating Points, Four Tet, Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka Hutchings” - that’s a lot to live up to but literally couldn’t be more up my street.
Amaro Freitas - Sankofa
Brazilian jazz, another Music Leaue discovery for me this time courtesy of @daggers who played a lovely lead single from this album in the rest of the world round, and I’ve been looking forward to this since.
Caroline Shaw & Sō Percussion - Let The Soil Play Its Simple Part
Not too sure what to expect here as Caroline Shaw (Pulitzer prize winner and sometime Kanye-producer) has such a wide range but it’s usually something worth listening to.
John Grant - Boy From Michigan
Being billed as the most autobiographical record yet from the long-faced synthpop crooner