Whether you’re lying on a beach somewhere, walking in the sun or embarking on a classic summertime roadie, ensure your go-to playlists are updated with the best new albums to listen to now. Here, we list four new albums that we have deemed essential listening for the season ahead.
Cautionary Tales Of Youth
Landing in January, the new album from British, rebel-pop wunderkind Låpsley was inspired by the experiences she had spending lockdown in South Africa, and promises to be a thoughtful, soulful body of work that sees the young but prolific artist talk about love, loss and growth.
Song to start with: Dial Two Seven
Being Funny in a Foreign Language
The new album from indie-pop icons, The 1975, offers a mix of the band’s classic sound with more than a few new tricks. A diverse, richly-layered album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language is as much for the die hard fans as it is for those who are yet to discover the musical stylings of Matty Healy and his crew.
Song to start with: Happiness
After a four-year hiatus, Sheffield quartet Arctic Monkeys is back with their highly-anticipated, seventh studio album, which they recorded at a Suffolk monastery with longtime producer James Ford. Expect a combination of both historic and current sounds from one of rock’s most revered bands.
Song to start with: There’d Better Be A Mirrorball
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Return of the Dream Canteen
Hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed April album, Unlimited Love, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ second album of 2022 landed in October, and paints a picture of a band still very much at the peak of its creative output. Produced by Rick Rubin, this album is a continuation of the previously untapped well of creativity that Rubin helped the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to discover, and is packed with the kind of music that has long made this band so undeniably iconic.
Song to start with: Tippa My Tongue