Albums to look out for this September

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September, sorted.

From drones to odes dramatic landscapes, and a Hyper-Dimensional Extension Beam, these are the records to keep an eye out for this month.

Sampa The Great

As Above So Below

(Loma Vista)

Due: 9th September

Pan-Africanism and Afrofuturism — as well as a stack of killer features from the likes of Kojey Radical, Denzel Curry, Joey Bada$$ and Angélique Kidjo — are what’s served on Sampa The Great’s As Above, So Below. Somehow exceeding the ambitions of 2019’s boundless The Return, this a riot of colour and swinging rap polyrhythms. — WP

Sarah Davachi

Two Sisters

(Late Music)

Due: 9th September

Sarah Davachi picks drones, a choir, strings, low woodwinds, and a trombone quartet to accompany her familiar organ foil (this time, an Italian tracker organ from 1742) and a carillon (a keyboard instrument made from large cast-iron bells) to weave a dreamy, mystical tapestry. — WP

Sudan Archives

Natural Brown Prom Queen

(Stones Throw)

Due: 9th September

Vocalist-violinist Sudan Archives returns to Stones Throw, this time with a more distinct pop lean. Digging into home, family, and Black womanhood, Natural Brown Prom Queen tells the story of Britt, something of an alter-ego described by Sudan Archives as “the girl next door from Cincinnati who drives around the city with the top down and shows up to high-school prom in a pink furry bikini with her thong hanging out her denim skirt.” — WP

Coby Sey


(AD 93)

Due: 9th September

For someone who’s long been a key figure in London’s music scene, it feels remarkable that Coby Sey is only just now releasing his debut album. Layering his own vocals over electronics, sax, and electric guitar, Sey presents Conduit as a “statement of intent, reaffirming my dedication to transcend the tangible through music.” — LR



(Métron Records)

Due: 16th September

This month sees Meitei debut his new Tenka alias, with forthcoming album Hydration arriving on Métron Records. Moving away from the satirisation of Japanese aesthetics that marked his Kofū albums, Hydration sees him turning his attention to the mountain forests close to his home. Designed to truly immerse you in the landscape, the record is accompanied by a fragrance created in collaboration with perfumer Ryoko Hori. — LR

Lil Silva

Yesterday is Heavy

(Nowhere Music Ltd.)

Due: 16th September

Digitally released back in July, Lil Silva’s debut album, Yesterday Is Heavy arrives on wax this month. Exploring concepts of home, the album features appearances from Little Dragon, serpentwithfeet, Sampha, BADBADNOTGOOD and more. The Vinyl Factory’s edition is pressed on 200g vinyl, and features a hand-numbered sleeve. — LR

Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

(Luaka Bop)

Due: 23rd September

Released as the third instalment of Luaka Bop’s World Spirituality Classics series, this collection of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah highlife is as sprightly as it is spiritual. Preaching forgiveness and fun, there’s a lightness that drifts through these recordings: shuffling drums, soft-picked guitar strings, twirling keys, and sweet breathy vocals all singing in harmony. — WP

The Comet Is Coming

Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

(Decca / Verve)

Due: 23rd September

London-based trio The Comet Is Coming return to storied label Impulse! for their latest album, Hyper-Dimensional Extension Beam. Always taking an expansive approach to what jazz can be — as well as music-making more generally — the group combine jazz with dancehall and hypnotic, electronic soundscapes. — LR

Joni Mitchell

The Asylum Albums


Due: 23rd September

From making an unexpected appearance at the Newport Folk Festival to being awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music, it’s been — as it always really is — a strong year for Joni Mitchell. To top it all off, she’s continuing her reissue series with new box set The Asylum Albums. Featuring her first four records released on the Asylum label, it contains some of her most beloved classics, including ‘You Turn Me On I’m A Radio’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, and ‘A Case Of You’. — LR




Due: 30th September

Warp mainstay Clark plays archivist, digging through his hard drives and discography to turn out unreleased material, rare gems, and overlooked experiments. Here for the pickings are modular jams, Dillinja-aping club tracks, and beatless ambient. The compilation accompanies a hefty remastered edition of 2006’s preeminent Body Riddle LP. — WP

DJ Scriby, DJ Marillo, DJ Skothan //

The Gqom Trilogy

(Hakuna Kulala)

Due: 30th September

Gqom, but make it a treble. Twenty-six tracks in all, The Gqom Trilogy comprises DJ Scriby’s Izingoma zeGqomu, DJ MARIIO’s ZULU MAN, and DJ Skothan’s Nevegation – promising, in a murk of drums, eerie synth loops, and clipped vocals, an encompassing view of the ever-evolving Durban sound. — WP



(One Little Independant)

Due: 30th September

Ever the experimentalist, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Björk’s new album combines a sextet of bass clarinets with gabber and mushroom influences. “Each album always starts with a feeling that I try to shape into sound,” she explains. “This time around the feeling was landing […] on the earth and digging my feet into the ground.” Fossora features contributions from Serpentwithfeet, Gabber Modus Operandi, and Björk’s own children, Sindri and Ísadóra. — LR