October Summary

Better late than never eh?

October definitely renewed my faith in music, after a September which was heavily reliant on 3 major album releases. Click below for my musings on the month, and as per last month, my favourite albums/songs from the last 31 days.

It’s funny how my musical tastes seem to be heavily reliant on climate. With Winter rolling in, I’ve found myself drawn towards much more serene, thoughtful music from all sorts of genres. A quick glance across the screen at the ‘now playing’ list will show you that I’ve added John Mayer to my repetoire, whilst enhancing my already-worrying love for Maxwell’s music.

Winter seems to be the best time for experimentation with music, as the scenarios in which you listen to it are perfect for music consumption: dark, isolated and uninterrupted. After the general hecticness that comes with Summer, it’s always a great time to try new music.

October through to February tends to be the period whereby I’ll check out more stuff from the rock/alt. side of things, and thus far it’s been no different, although it comes thanks to an unexpected stimulus: Wiz Khalifa’s This Plane really put me on alert for new Wiz material, and the track that immediately followed was another cracking track, The Thrill, which used Empire of the Sun’s Walking On A Dream to great effect. So begins my interest in Empire, and there you have the beginnings of trying something new, both in terms of a rapper and a band both of whom I’d largely ignored previously. Plenty of great bands came through with superb new music to ease my transition back into that area, with Death Cab for Cutie and The Five One bringing some depth to the month. Quietdrive released an EP that went some way to restoring the faith of lost followers, whilst cementing my appreciation for the music they produce.

October seemed to invert the conclusions of September though: it wasn’t as strong on the album front, with Mr Hudson’s album falling a little short of expectations. The album was by no means bad, but there was certainly much more expected given the quality of tracks such as White Lies and Supernova. Having said that, Mike Posner came through with another boundary-pushing mixtape which cemented his status as one of the names to keep an eye out for in the near future. The future-tinged One Foot Out The Door definitely kept his followers happy, whilst endearing him to a whole new audience with his accomplished and diverse sound.

Albums aside, October certainly delivered a barrage of superb music, especially at the start of the month. There was a great mix of tracks, from the street raps of Royce Da 5’9″, to Kele Okereke branching out and doing something new. October also heralded the return of Lupe Fiasco, who graced us with more new music from him than anyone could have expected.

R&B Fridays throughout were extremely diverse, as well as being plentiful and full of great tracks with two of the episodes being definite contenders for the best R&B Friday thus far. There were plenty of mainstream tracks this month, including the massively-disappointing return of Timbaland, as well as really likeable tracks from 3OH!3/Katy Perry and surprisingly Gucci Mane (although that’s largely thanks to Usher).

Of course, this site would be nothing without the hip-hop heads keeping us provided. Wale came through with a whole heap of tracks, all of which were enjoyable, especially the John Mayer collab. J. Cole came through with what was actually a fantastic track, and one which unfortunately may have been looked over due to the lack of time I had to write the post. I’m really enjoying Unabomber, and anyone who claims to like hip-hop should grab it. It would also be silly for me not to mention the essence of hip-hop embodied in the BET Hip-Hop Award cyphers, which demonstrated the amazing skills that some of these guys possess. Joe Budden really showed anyone who had been sleeping on him that he means business, and definitely did himself credit.

I talk too much. In the interests of time, I’ll cut it there and leave you to muse on your own thoughts of the month. Here goes my top albums and songs for October:

Top 3 Albums/Mixtapes:
-Mike Posner, One Foot Out The Door

-Quietdrive, Close Your Eyes

-Maxwell, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite (a classic album from ’96)

Top 5 Tracks:

-Wiz Khalifa, The Thrill

-Lupe Fiasco, Solar Midnite

-Mike Posner, You Don’t Have To Leave

-3OH!3-Starstrukk Ft. Katy Perry

-Royce Da 5’9″-Dinner Time ft. Busta Rhymes

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