Following on from last year’s glorious Cavalcade, black midi are showing no signs of slowing down. The London group’s third album Hellfireis an avant-garde labyrinth of ever-growing intensity, featuring intricate arrangements and first-person monologues that reveal more with every listen. Across 10 tracks, frontman Geordie Gree channels the energy of old black-and-white newsreels with frantic tales of drunken soldiers on shore leave and murderers stalking their prey. Jumping effortlessly between jazz, post-punk and psychedelia, it’s a heady ride – and a gift that keeps on giving.
Elsewhere, Beabadoobee shares a dreamy record, Lizzo shines on her highly anticipated fourth album, and Kode9 reveals his first full-length release in seven years.