Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Three Huge October Albums

With October comes the first full month of fall. But it seems almost foolish to think of it as such, due to the more than noteworthy releases October will see. Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Converge all have albums set to be released. On second thought, October may see the three best albums of the year, if any of these artists' prior releases are taken into account.

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2nd
If Cosmogramma has taught us anything, it's that each Flying Lotus release feels like a new artist; the guy never stops evolving his sound. From the hazy beats on 1983 to the nu-jazz sounds on Cosmogramam, Steve Ellison has crafted his own signature niché in electronic music, but always reinvents his sound throughout his discography. FlyLo recently released a video teaser featuring some of the material on Until the Quiet Comes. The video was shot on film by Kahil Joseph and is just as abstract and beautiful as the music featured on it. I can't see myself disappointed with this release, even if it finds Ellison staying on the same path found on Cosmogramma. You can preorder the record at Warp, and don't forget to check out the short film below.

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, Mad City
October 22nd
In order for TDE to continue its dominance over underground hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar's proper debut album will need to be the keystone. ScHoolboy Q's Habits & Contradictions was a well thought out and executed first release from the TDE group, just after signing with Aftermath. Control System provided the weirder aspects of the Black Hippy collective, as Ab-Soul is oft found to do so. Lamar has been compared heavily to A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, and with good reason - the two rappers have a similar pitch and delivery, while focusing their raps more on progressive issues than opulence. Single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" offers the most interesting point of view of drinking I have heard in music, let alone rap or hip-hop. I was a huge fan of Section.80, listing it as my favorite mixtape of last year. And with all the rumored features on Good Kid, Mad City, it's hard to imagine a failure.

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9th
Coming as the biggest surprise to me, Boston metalcore outfit Converge announced All We Love We Leave Behind in late August. Converge hasn't released anything since 2009's excellent Axe to Fall, and it's comforting to see just how the band is approaching this release - they are doing everything themselves, without any guests or help. Guitarist Kurt Ballou is handeling the recording, artwork, and by way of his own label, Deathwish Inc., releasing the vinyl record. There aren't any special effects or extra instrumentation on the record, just how the band performs live. "Aimless Arrow", the album's first single, is a mathy, brutal kick to the teeth. Flatted Third's own Gerry D'Apollo broke the news on this release to me and you can check that out here, along with the video for "Aimless Arrow".

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