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Essential music releases to look out for in Autumn

FKA twigs and Ty Dolla $ign are peeking around the corner – but when will we hear that new RiRi drop?

WET – DON’T YOU

Release date: September TBA

We first fell in love with Brooklyn trio Wet last year when they released the sweetly washed-out pop gem “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” alongside a video of vocalist Kelly Zutrau lolling about in the grass like some kind of fairy of nature. They’ve since jumped ship to major label Columbia, who they’ll be releasing their debut album through this September, and we’re stupidly excited.

LANA DEL REY – HONEYMOON

Release date: September TBA

Our poster girl for faded Hollywood glamour has been a little quiet lately, although she still remains the most streamed artist on Spotify in the U.S one year after her second effort Ultraviolence. From what we can hear of Honeymoon, as teased on Instagram (below) it's going to be an equally heart-tugging, drama-soaked affair. 

MICACHU & THE SHAPES – GOOD SAD HAPPY BAD

Release date: September 11

Where the hell have Micachu and the Shapes been? Oh yeah, Mica Levi was busy scoring that rich, soaring BAFTA-nominated soundtrack to alien epic Under the Skin. Anyway, she’s back in the noisy chaos of the band now, and they’ve wasted no time in making shapes for their follow-up to 2012’s Never, out via Rough Trade.

TY DOLLA $IGN – FREE TC

Release date: September 4

Way back when we interviewed bass-hungry, Cali singer Ty Dolla $ign, he told us that he loves porn, weed and macaroni n’ cheese. It’s this kind of straight-up truth-telling, delivered with that dead-eyed swagger, that makes his long-awaited second album a one to watch out for.

KANYE WEST – SWISH

Release date: TBA

We’ve been waiting for the follow-up to Yeezus since forever (two years), and thanks to one plucky Reddit user, we’ll probably have to wait even longer. However, when the rapper makes such pounding, grime-studded triumphs like “All Day” (below), we don’t mind holding tight for a month or two.

SKY FERREIRA – MASOCHISM

Release date: TBA

Sky Ferreira’s last album saw the LA singer reject her label-moulded image and find her own voice, and the result was a brilliant slice of black-hearted pop. If the visuals for her upcoming album Masochism are anything to go by, she’s moved even further from the major label beigeness. This will surely be Sky at her most defiant and stormy best.

PEACHES – RUB

Release date: September 25

The queer superstar has never shied away from brilliantly provocative lyrics like the now-classic line: “sucking on my titties like you wanted me”. In "Light in Places" (below), she pays homage to the fact she has "so much beauty coming out of (her) ass" over jittering, pinpricks of synth. Rub will be her first album since 2009’s I feel Cream and who better to deliver a few hooks than Kim Gordon and Feist, who are both said to be on the album.

RIHANNA – TBA

Release date: TBA

We know Ri-Ri's new album is around the corner – we can feel it. At the beginning of the year, we told you everything we know about the reigning pop queen’s upcoming release, with mention of a potential collab with Sia, a track called "Burritos" and some production from beat master DJ Mustard. Since then, Rihanna's released a string of monumental bangers, and we've kept one eye firmy set on TIDAL at all times.

HELEN – THE ORIGINAL FACES

Release date: September 4

Earlier this year, we were blown away by the solitary, ghostly sounds of Grouper’s Ruins, an album that feels like the deepest, blackest sky. And now, Liz Harris has put this solo project to one side to release an album as part of fuzz-pop trio Helen. Hear their sweet new single “Motorcycle” (below) to get a taster.

FKA TWIGS – MELISSA

Release date: TBA

We know quite a lot about Twigs’ upcoming EP already, including the fact it’s co-produced by BOOTS, contains our favourite banger “Glass & Patron” (below) and is essentially in homage to ballroom culture. The only question we’ve got left is: WHEN??!!