It may be hard to hear the word autumn, knowing that summer is coming to a close but there is good news. As the weather gets a little colder, the year in music is heating up with brand new releases from Rex Orange Country, Charli XCX, Flume and more on the way. Here are 10 albums to keep an eye out for over the coming months.
Rex Orange County - Who Cares? (11 March)
Rex Orange County is following up 2020's Pony with new album Who Cares? He kicked it off with Keep It Up, a light, optimistic anthem that has him back at his songwriting prime. Last week, he offered up Amazing which delivers a similar no frills style of songwriting. The 11-track album is set to arrive next week with a Tyler, The Creator feature.
Lil Durk - 7720 (11 March)
Lil Durk has been on some massive records in the past year or so with Drake, Lil Baby, Summer Walker and more but he actually hasn't had his own solo album since 2020s, The Voice. He's fixing that next week with 7720, his seventh studio album. He's yet to drop the tracklist but he has kicked it off with lead-single AHHH HA produced by Southside (Drake, Future, Young Thug).
Rosalía - MOTOMAMI (18 March)
We have been waiting for what seems like forever for Rosalía's follow-up to her globe-conquering record El Mal Querer. Since the release of that she's been dropping off standalone singles including Con Altura with J Balvin and TKN with Travis Scott but she's finally in album mode. MOTOMAMI's era kicked off with The Weeknd-featuring LA FAMA and has since taken a harder route with SAOKI and Chicken Teryaki. According to Rosalía, the album offers, "two types of contrasting energy."
Charli XCX - Crash (18 March)
Charli XCX's first Crash single Good Ones arrived in August last year so the road to Crash has been long but we're finally ready to brace for impact. Charli is exploring her main pop girl persona on this album. As she told Rolling Stone, "The reason making Crash felt so right is because I don’t think people expected me to do that." Unexpected is a good way to put it so far. We've got a slinky Caroline Polachek and Christine & The Queens-featuring single New Shapes as well as a Rina Sawayama collab Beg For You that sample September's Cry For You.
Rema - Rave & Roses (25 March)
Rema is one of a growing bunch of artists taking Nigerian music to the globe. The 21 year-old has already featured on records by Aluna, FKA twigs and Mahalia but he's taking the spotlight with his debut album proper. First singles Calm Down and Soundgasm suggest it's going to be a blissful album full of slinky, slippery melodies. Expect this to be a breakout year for Rema.
Koffee - Gifted (25 March)
Koffee has already been cosigned by Rihanna which would be enough for us to retire happy but the Jamaican artist is only just gearing up to release her debut. Gifted will drop at the end of March after a string of excellent singles. The latest Pull Up has Koffee shining in her lane, celebrating over a rich JAE5 dancehall beat. The 10-track effort also features previous singles Lockdown and West Indies.
Omar Apollo - Ivory (8 April)
Omar Apollo is one of the most exciting new artists around right now and that's why he has everyone hanging out for his debut Ivory. He's loaded it up expertly with three diverse singles. Go Away brought warm pop, Bad Life stripped it down with Kali Uchis and Invincible recruits Daniel Caesar for a detouring, experimental tune.
Wet Leg - Wet Leg (8 April)
After last year's Chaise Longue, Wet Leg have been touted as one of the best new bands around right now. The British duo somehow manage to be both intense and humorous with their music, forcing their way into the ears of anyone they come across. They still only have four songs to their name but they'll be expanding that number to 10 with their self-titled debut set to arrive at the start of April.
Hatchie - Giving The World Away (22 April)
Our very own Hatchie is gearing up to release her second album Give The World Away at the end of April and it's shaping up to be excellent. She's dropped three tracks from it so far and each of it has been pure shoegaze pop bliss. One in particular Quicksand has been gaining steam - produced by Dan Nigro who worked on Olivia Rodrigo's debut album Sour. It has a shimmering pop chorus that may just be one of the year's best.
Flume - Palaces (20 May)
Thanks to mixtapes and standalone releases it doesn't feel like Flume has been away since his second album but it's actually been six years since Flume released an album. That's set to change in May with the release of his third record Palaces. He's already dropped the MAY-A-featuring first single Say Nothing reassuring us that it's going to be yet another slam-dunk. Palaces will also feature Caroline Polachek, Kučka, Emma Louise and more.