Must Listen 2018: The best new music this October


It’s that time again where we bring you the hottest music releases to soundtrack your month. Discover new tunes this October from The Chemical Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Jess Glynne, as well as a 30-track playlist bursting at the seams with musical goodness.

The Chemical Brothers - Free Yourself

As godfathers of British dance music, The Chemical Brothers know a thing or two about rocking arena-sized crowds with their unmistakable brand of groove-oriented electronica. Back with their first new music since 2016, the dancefloor-dominating duo now want you to Free Yourself.

Centred around a robotic vocal refrain and shifting layers of synth, the euphoric track bursts into life with an explosive drop – which is a blistering melee of deep bass and rapid-fire sirens. In fitting with the pair’s most iconic tunes, this one is best enjoyed loud.

Likely to hear on: Virgin, Radio 6 Music

Jess Glynne - 123

Despite still being a relative newcomer on the pop scene, Jess Glynne already holds the record for most UK number 1 singles for a British female artist. Six in total. Now, she’ll undoubtedly have her sights set on the top spot again with freshly dropped single, 123.

A delightful preview of this month’s upcoming second album, the track is an uplifting slice of gospel-tinged happiness – bound together with Glynne’s warming vocals. It’s also accompanied with a superb live video, showcasing the London-born singer in her element, with a tightly rehearsed backing band. Just excuse us while we book tickets to her upcoming arena tour.

Likely to hear on: Capital, Heart

Mumford & Sons - Guiding Light

Ever since their humble beginnings in 2007, Mumford & Sons have evolved from an endearing folk four-piece, to a world-beating, arena-filling rock powerhouse – headlining Glastonbury and picking up Grammys on the way. With new single, Guiding Light, the band look to continue their stratospheric ascent.

Taking cues from stadium inhabiting stalwarts like U2 and Coldplay, the track is a slow-building number that culminates with an empowering, sing-along chorus. Fusing an expansive, powerful sound with their acoustic origins, it’s another huge leap forward in the Mumfords’ journey to becoming the world’s biggest band.

Likely to hear on: Absolute, Radio X

Khalid - Better

It only takes a brief listen to work out why Khalid sits proudly in our Rising Stars 2018 list of breakthrough artists. On top of an effortless knack for penning soulful, emotive pop hits, the 20-year-old Texan possesses the sort of voice that would pluck the heartstrings of any listener.

Better is a gorgeous R&B track that marries Khalid’s smooth vocals with a sensual, slow-grooving beat. “Nothing feels better than this,” croons the lovestruck singer, and it’s easy to believe every single word he says.

Likely to hear on: Kiss, Radio 1

BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon - Tried

Toronto collective, BADBADNOTGOOD, play jazz music, but not quite as you might know it. Having worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Frank Ocean and Mary J. Blige, the band combine the experimental genre to dizzying effect with soul, funk, R&B and a hip-hop swagger.

Teaming up Swedish electronic group, Little Dragon, Tried is a lush collaboration that sways gently thanks to BBNG’s layered and assured instrumentation. The perfect complement to Yukimi Nagano’s honeyed vocals, this dreamy track is the musical equivalent of that warm cup of cocoa you have before bed.

Likely to hear on: Radio 6 Music


If you want to listen to these huge new tunes any time and any place, then we’ve got you sorted with the #PureMustListen Spotify playlist. Enjoy from any device through Bluetooth and Spotify Connect on loads of our digital radios, or take your favourite playlists on the road with a Highway in-car adapter.

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