Must Listen 2019: The best new music this October

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Get ready for another month full of huge new tunes! We’ve rounded up five of our favourite, freshest tracks from some of the best and most exciting artists on the scene right now. To take your October listening even further, we’ve also boxed up 30 newly dropped hits into an unmissable Spotify playlist!

Dermot Kennedy - All My Friends

As an esteemed member of our Rising Stars class of 2019, we’ve been psyched for quite some time for the debut studio album from Irish singer-songwriter, Dermot Kennedy. And we’re pleased to report that we are not disappointed by Without Fear; an impressive effort showcasing the raw talent of the former busker turned global star.

All My Friends, the reworking of a track originally released in 2017, is a soulful, brooding ballad that shows off Kennedy’s immense vocal talent – powerfully fusing together an emotional folk sound with dramatic hip-hop beats. The message is just as strong, with Kennedy hoping “it makes you look back and think of everything that was good and beautiful, despite any troubles you may have endured.”

Foals - Into the Surf

When Foals laid out plans at the beginning of 2019 for a huge double-album project, released in two parts over the year, it seemed ambitious to say the least. But with the first album notching up rave reviews and a Mercury Prize nod, and a slew of mammoth singles unveiled from part two, they look like a rejuvenated band at the peak of their powers.

The latest preview from Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 is a woozy slow-burner of a track that builds with layers of atmospheric sound. With haunting lyrics touching upon the fate of someone not returning home from a voyage, the song’s sprawling, ethereal ambience reveals the group’s melancholic side in gorgeous fashion.

Camila Cabello - Cry for Me

Since forging a solo career after parting ways with US girl band Fifth Harmony, things couldn’t have gone much better for Camila Cabello – with a platinum-selling debut album, chart-topping singles and huge headline tours under her belt. And with a new album on the way this year, she’s showing no signs of stopping.

On her latest single, Cry for Me, Cabello tackles the emotional subject of a breakup. On the surprisingly up-tempo track, the singer’s raspy vocals are loaded with attitude, as she expresses her heartbreak over punchy guitars and drums. Channelling the anger after seeing an ex rebound, the track is as highly relatable as it is catchy.  

AJ Tracey - Cat Pack

Self-made London grime star, AJ Tracey, has had a blockbuster 2019. Building his huge success from the ground up, the independent rapper isn’t signed to a record label. But despite this, the 25-year-old drew in monstrous festival crowds over the summer and has just sold out two nights at London’s huge Alexandra Palace venue.

Thanking fans for their incredible support, the rapper has dropped Cat Pack, from an upcoming deluxe version of his debut album with a bunch of shiny new tracks. Backed by an ominous, hard-hitting beat, AJ is on explosive form as he delivers self-assured lyrics like a man that knows too well just how far he’s come.

Elbow - White Noise White Heat

Mancunian stalwarts, Elbow, are back and they mean business. Despite the fact they’re readying for the release of their eighth studio album, the band are certainly not resting on their laurels – returning with a new single that sees them at their most musically and lyrically direct in some time.

Penned by Guy Garvey as an enraged response to the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, the track is a far cry from the sort of uplifting, hands-in-the-air anthems that Elbow are famed for. Instead, it’s a powerful yell of anger, with uncompromising lyrics cast against a wall of rumbling, orchestral noise.  

 

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 it on the amazing DiscovR smart speaker or stream via Bluetooth and Spotify Connect on loads of our digital radios or in-car adapters.

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