From new albums to intriguing podcasts, here’s what to add to your playlists in the coming months

Whether you’re embarking on a weekend road trip or are simply looking for something to shorten your commute, dance to in your living room or play while you’re in the shower, we have rounded up some of the best new and noteworthy podcasts and albums to listen to now.

New Albums


Rockstar

Dolly Parton 

Dolly Parton’s new album, Rockstar, her forty-ninth solo venture, marks her debut in the rock genre. The album features collaborations with rock icons and kicks off with the electrifying lead single, ‘World On Fire’. Followed by ‘Bygones’ featuring Rob Halford, Nikki Sixx, and John 5, a bold take on rock classics ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ and a remarkable rendition of ‘Let It Be’, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Marking another fearless musical evolution for this icon, Parton’s new album is redefining her storied career once again.

Song to start with:
World On Fire

Before and After
Neil Young

The newest album from this musical legend offers an acoustic treasure trove, where Neil Young has revisited his classic repertoire through a more pared-back and intimate lens. Set for an early-December release, this album builds on Young’s artistic evolution and treats listeners to a mesmerising sonic journey where each track blends into the next, creating an immersive listening experience. Offering a new take on the best of Young’s renowned playbook, this album will fast become a favourite for fans and music-lovers alike. 

Song to start with:
I’m The Ocean

Sweet Justice
Tkay Maidza 

Following her recent collaboration with Flume on ‘Silent Assassin’, Tkay Maidza introduces us to her eagerly-awaited sophmore album with the vibrant single ‘Ring-a-Ling’ and its accompanying video directed by Jocelyn Anquetil. The album delves into a transformative phase in
Maidza’s life, shedding old connections and self-doubt. With guest appearances from artists like Lolo Zouaï, Amber Mark and Duckwrth, and production contributions from Flume, Stint and Kaytranada, Sweet Justice promises a bold evolution in Maidza’s captivating musical journey.

Song to start with:
Ring-a-Ling

New Podcasts


Sharing Plate

Embark on a flavourful odyssey with The Sharing Plate Podcast, where food becomes the conduit for exploring cultural roots, and culinary delights. Here, guests who have made the UK their home divulge their treasured recipes and heartwarming stories. From refugees to seasoned foodies, the common thread of enjoying a meal with loved ones unites them all. 

Hard Fork 

This captivating podcast throws us into the fast-paced realm of technology. Peering into a future that’s already unfolding, Hard Fork is hosted by seasoned journalists Kevin Roose and
Casey Newton who via keen insight and analysis, dissect and decipher the most recent developments in tech and bring clarity to the complex landscape
of our future. 

Everything from A to V 

In this trailblazing podcast hosted by the insightful Dr. Sneha Wadhwani, the enigmatic world of women’s health is unravelled. With an ensemble of experts, she dispels myths on topics from contraception to the eternal bathroom queue, menopause, bladder health and more to separate medical fact from fiction.

Ghost Story

Host Tristan Redman, a seasoned journalist, explores the eerie mysteries of his past in this captivating podcast. Scepticism meets curiosity as he delves into the chilling tale of the faceless ghost that haunted his childhood home, which just happened to be adjacent to the site of his wife’s great-grandmother’s unsolved murder. 

Culture

Voices of Hope’s new audio-visual exhibition is an illuminating exploration of mental health in New Zealand
With new owners and a new venue, the highly-anticipated Aotearoa Art Fair is back & better than ever for 2024
From immersive art to live music, laugh-out-loud comedy and more, this is everything to add to your calendar this February